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Sexually Transmitted Infections During Pregnancy

August 2, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

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When you're pregnant, it’s important to speak with your healthcare provider about sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Some STIs can be cured and others cannot. And some STIs can cause problems with your pregnancy and harm your baby.

Don't be embarrassed to be open with your doctor or midwife. For the sake of your health and your baby's health, tell your healthcare provider if you have, or think you may have, an STI. There are treatments available.

Motherisk is a Canadian organization that provides specific support for pregnant and breastfeeding women. For information and counseling about HIV and HIV treatment, call 1-888-246-5840 or visit the Motherisk website.

You can also protect yourself and your baby by using condoms, especially if you're not in a steady relationship. You should also avoid high risk activities, such as:

  • having multiple partners 
  • having multiple partners and not using condoms
  • injecting or using street drugs
  • sharing needles
  • engaging in anal sex without condoms

You can see how some STIs could affect your pregnancy, put your baby at risk, or increase the potential for preterm by reading more about STI's that can be cured and STI's that cannot be cured.

If you suspect that you have been exposed to an STI, talk with your healthcare provider or public health nurse, or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 right away.

  • Tell your healthcare provider about any history of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • Tell your healthcare provider if you suspect you've been exposed to an STI, and get tested.
  • Talk with your partner about your sexual history.
  • Use a condom for six months with a new sexual partner and get tested for STIs.
  • Do not share needles or have multiple sexual partners.
  • Read the series of HealthLink BC files about Sexually Transmitted Infections at HealthLink BC (use STI as your search term).
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