Chatter and whispers about sexually transmitted diseases (STD) may have been the norm in your college dorm, it may not be the topic you anticipated discussing with your doctor on a visit for your pregnancy. However, there are more woman than you may realize who have an STD while pregnant. It's not a subject that is typically brought up when talking with another mom-to-be, but if it was, chances are you would hear a lot of bad information being passed around. The myths about being pregnant and having an STD can usually be traced back to some half-truths and misinterpretations. But it all makes more sense when you look at the facts.
All pregnant women should opt for STD screening, even if they believe they are not a carrier. Discovering one of these infections makes a huge difference in the safety of the baby. According to Baby Center, some sexually transmitted infections can pass to your baby through the placenta or be transmitted during labor and delivery or when your water breaks. The site also notes that newborn infections can be very serious, leading to long-term irreversible health and developmental problems. So the sooner the STD is discovered, the faster a plan can be made for an effective treatment and safe delivery. To keep the facts separated from fiction, take a look at these nine myths about pregnant women with STDs.