Some STDs can pass from mother to child during birth and cause potentially life-threatening complications.

If you’re currently pregnant and have an STD, it’s essential to seek treatment to protect the health of you and your pregnancy. 

Read on to learn more about how STDs might affect your pregnancy. Or, if you’re looking for a referral for no-cost STD testing and treatment, contact us today. 

Dangers of STDs During Pregnancy

Untreated STDs can have devastating effects on your pregnancy. 

Below are the most common STDs and the potential consequences you can face if these STDs go untreated during pregnancy. 


Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the US, but it often doesn’t cause symptoms. This means you or your partner can be infected and not even know it. 

If left untreated during pregnancy, chlamydia can put you at risk for the following:

  • Preterm rupture of membranes: This is when your water breaks early, and it can lead to early birth or infection.
  • Preterm labor: This is when your child is born earlier than full term, or 37 weeks.
  • A baby born with low birth weight: This can put your baby at risk for physical complications.
  • A baby who develops pink eye or pneumonia after birth.


Similar to chlamydia, gonorrhea is a common STD that doesn’t always cause physical symptoms. When it does, you might mistake gonorrhea symptoms for a UTI or yeast infection. 

Untreated gonorrhea during pregnancy can put you at risk for: 

  • Miscarriage.
  • Preterm birth.
  • Low birth weight.
  • Premature rupture of membranes.
  • Chorioamnionitis

If your child is exposed to gonorrhea during birth, the child might develop:

  • Blindness.
  • Blood infections.
  • Eye infections.
  • Joint infections.

Importance of Treatment

There are many STDs, and each can affect pregnancy differently. This is why it’s essential to get tested for STDs if you’re pregnant and receive prompt medical treatment if needed.

Both chlamydia and gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics. 

We’re Here for You

Facing an unexpected pregnancy can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re also worried about STDs. But you’re not alone in this. At Pregnancy Help Center of South County, we’re here for you.

We offer free pregnancy resources and referrals for STD testing and treatment, as well as a caring team who are here to offer emotional support. 

Contact us today to schedule your no-cost, confidential appointment.