Most pregnant women want to do all they can to protect their health and that of their baby. When a woman finds out she is pregnant, there are a variety of tests that are undergone to ensure her and her baby are healthy. One of the most overlooked testing areas involves STD tests for pregnant women.
Why Is STD Testing So Crucial?
When a woman is pregnant, her baby fully relies on her for all of its nourishment while in the womb. This means the mother’s health has a direct impact on the health of her baby. Unfortunately, many women have sexually transmitted diseases and do not know they have them. These diseases can place their baby’s health in grave danger and could lead to miscarriage.
A woman should insist on being tested for STDs when she schedules her first pre-natal appointment. These tests can be done through bloodwork and via vaginal examination. Many OBGYNs are now incorporating STD testing into their battery of tests so their patients can protect their health.
Sexually transmitted diseases such as Genital Herpes and Gonorrhea can directly affect the health of the developing baby and could lead to death. Some diseases, such as HIV can be transmitted to the baby and they could be born with the disease.
What are the Most Common STDS That Should Be Checked For?
- HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is a disease that can cause uterine cancer. The disease can be passed on to the baby while it is in the womb.
- Herpes can cause open lesions on the genitals. If these lesions are in place during a vaginal birth, the disease can be passed on to the baby and can cause serious health concerns.
- Gonorrhea needs to be tested for because it can cause serious health issues because of exposure during delivery.
A woman should also ask to be tested for HIV and Syphilis. If you are a pregnant woman, it is imperative you talk with your doctor about STD testing. If it is not offered, demand these vital tests so you can ensure your health and the health of your baby is fully protected.