STD Testing Is Important
Many of the most common STDs have few symptoms. As a result, many people are infected but unaware of their status. Pregnancy is one of those times when STD testing is critically important because it can affect the baby’s health. Accordingly, it’s wise to undergo STD testing for several different infections early in pregnancy.
STD testing during pregnancy can reveal the presence of the herpes virus. The American Social Health Association estimates that between 25 and 30 percent of women have herpes during pregnancy. This can be passed on to the fetus, resulting in central nervous system complications and possible mental retardation.
Trich, which is the often-used nickname for this infection, is quite common in women. Approximately 80,000 women have it during pregnancy each year. Women who have trich are more likely to experience a premature delivery or preterm premature rupture of the membranes. STD testing may be essential to preventing these complications.
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
Many women have BV during pregnancy. Unfortunately, it can be responsible for premature labor and delivery. It also increases the odds of having a second-trimester miscarriage. Women who are experiencing a fish-like odor or see a gray or white vaginal discharge may want to undergo STD testing.