Sexual Health Fact of the Day #21: STDs can be spread during birth?
If a pregnant person has an STD, they can potentially give it to the fetus or through labor. Some STDs may even induce an abortion or severe anomalies in the fetus.
For example, gonorrhea can cause stillbirth, eye infections, and even ectopic pregnancies or premature birth. Chlamydia can cause pneumonia in a newborn.
There are all sorts of complications that can occur during pregnancy if an STD is present. Luckily, most prenatal care involves a complete STD screen, and if an STD is found it is easily treatable and serious complications can be prevented.