Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in pregnancy can cause serious problems for a baby, and can even be deadly, depending on the type of infection.
Suffering with gonorrhea and chlamydia when pregnant raises the risk of miscarriage. Passing on syphilis can cause organ damage in newborns while hepatitis B can cause liver disease.
The health risks from contracting a STI are greatest when a woman is in her third trimester, says a sexual health nurse.
Genital herpes is a major concern as getting it at this stage means there’s a 50 per cent chance your baby will get it at delivery.
Genital herpes is often contracted via oral sex.
The warning has come from Terri Warren, author of The Good News About The Bad News: Herpes: Everything You Need to Know.
‘The biggest risk is when a woman contracts herpes in the third trimester,’ she told Vice.
‘If you get herpes in your third trimester, there’s a 50 percent chance your baby will get it at delivery.’
She explained that in the third trimester, a woman’s immune system is compromised, placing them at greater risk of contracting STIs. Read more here.
Meanwhile a psychologist at the University at Albany-SUNY claimed that women who consume sperm from the male who impregnated them are likely to counteract the common side effect of morning sickness during pregnancy.
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