Although it may seem scary, being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) before conceiving allows you the opportunity to talk to your doctor about whether treatment is needed or not. But there's no need to worry if you're unsure whether or not you have an STI since your health care provider not only screens you for them, but also explains what STIs can affect your pregnancy. Having this knowledge early on is best, since treatments are safe and effective at managing these conditions during pregnancy.
Even if you're feeling on top of your health game, it doesn't hurt to ask for STI testing at a prenatal visit. If something is lurking, the earlier you start treatment, the less likely you and your baby are to have complications, according to the March of Dimes. As the website fort Baby Center explained, some STIs raise your risk of miscarriage, preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM), preterm birth, uterine infection, and stillbirth and can pass to the baby via the placenta or during delivery when bodily fluids are exchanged. Taking steps to properly diagnose and treat these eight STIs can lead to a healthier pregnancy and baby.