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Can the baby get the STD from a vaginal birth?

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Being the person already has STD, will she have to have a C section to have the baby not get the std.



January 9th, 2023 at 4:57 pm

Yes, it is possible for a baby to contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) during a vaginal birth. This is because the baby is exposed to the mother's vaginal fluids, which can contain the virus or bacteria that causes the STD. During labor, the baby passes through the birth canal, which can expose the baby to any STD present in the mother's body. The most common STDs that can be passed from mother to baby during a vaginal birth are HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and hepatitis B.

In order to reduce the risk of a baby contracting an STD during a vaginal birth, it is important for pregnant women to get tested for STDs early in their pregnancy. If a woman tests positive for an STD, she should be treated with the appropriate medications to reduce the risk of passing the infection to her baby. Additionally, pregnant women should practice safe sex to reduce the risk of contracting an STD.

It is also important for pregnant women to receive regular prenatal care throughout their pregnancy. During prenatal care visits, the doctor can screen for STDs and provide treatment if necessary. This can help reduce the risk of a baby contracting an STD during a vaginal birth.

January 4th, 2014 at 3:25am

Yes and if the STD is in an active state such as HSV-2 (herpes) it can be fatal.

October 4th, 2014 at 11:33pm

Yes a baby can be infected as its born;

June 10th, 2015 at 9:06am

Yes most definitely!!! Its actually standard procedure to put an antibotic cream in the baby’s eyes just for that reason.

August 7th, 2015 at 5:10am

know that there is a pretty good chance of contracting genital herpes during birth, if the virus is active during the birth.

April 15th, 2016 at 8:45am

Poor child, yes it can

December 21st, 2016 at 2:41am

Yes…………………STD’s can be transferred to the baby during normal birth. Depending on how advanced the disease is the mother may have to have a C-section. I know for a fact that Chlamidiya causes blindness in babies but not every baby will be blind.

March 17th, 2018 at 7:39pm

yes it can as mucous and liquids as passed to baby during delievery espcially if theres a lot of blood etc so it will need to be c-sect then baby will be needed to be monitored for 24 just in case thats what my local hospital does

April 30th, 2018 at 2:13am

It really depends on the STD.

October 9th, 2018 at 10:46pm

C-section it will be!!!!!!!!!

January 29th, 2019 at 7:30pm

It the mother is having a herpes outbreak during birth, then it´s very possible.

April 9th, 2019 at 12:02am

YES, the baby can catch anything from herpes to ghonnorhea from a vaginal birth, usually found in their eye’s, but the child will be treated ASAP. Obviously C sect will reduce the chances greatly but vaginal births can still be had.

May 27th, 2019 at 5:11am

Whether its a c-section or regular birth doesnt matter.The person can have a c section and still give the baby an std because it travels through the umbilical cord. C-section is only safer with some stds.You know the ones you can catch and not die from like gential warts.

June 13th, 2020 at 9:44am

How Can STDs Affect My Pregnancy?

STDs in pregnancy can harm you and your developing baby.

HIV/AIDS: Thanks to the advent of powerful medications, transmission of HIV infection to your infant is almost completely preventable. But, when the disease is passed on, the results are catastrophic — the baby may develop HIV infection.
Herpes: Herpes infection in a pregnant woman is relatively safe until she gets ready to deliver. Active herpes lesions on the genitals are highly contagious and can infect the infant as it’s being born. Thus many of these women are delivered by cesarean section.
Gonorrhea: Gonorrhea is a very common STD, usually diagnosed by performing a test on a swab of vaginal fluid. If contracted during pregnancy, the infection can cause vaginal discharge, burning while emptying the bladder or abdominal pain. A pregnant woman with untreated gonorrhea has an increased risk of miscarriage or preterm delivery. A baby that is born while the mother has an active infection can develop blindness, joint infection or a life threatening blood infection.
HPV (Genital Warts): This is a very common STD. They often appear as small cauliflower like clusters which may burn or itch. If you contract genital warts during pregnancy, treatment may be delayed until after you deliver. Sometimes the hormones from pregnancy can make them grow larger. If they grow large enough to block the birth canal, the baby may need to be delivered by a cesarean section.
Chlamydia: Chlamydia may cause an increased risk of miscarriage and preterm delivery. Infants who are exposed can get severe eye infections and pneumonia.
Syphilis: Syphilis is most often diagnosed with a blood test, although a syphilitic lesion can also be tested. Syphilis is easily passed on to your unborn child. It is likely to cause a very serious infection to your baby that is often fatal. The infants are often premature. Untreated infants that survive tend to develop problems in multiple organs including the brain, eyes, ears, heart, skin and bones.
Hepatitis B: Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus. If a pregnant woman is infected with hepatitis B, she can transmit the infection to her baby through the placenta. Also, her newborn can become infected. In addition, women with hepatitis B are more likely to have a premature delivery. Luckily, early screening and the more widespread use of the vaccine can prevent infection.
Trichomoniasis: Trichomoniasis is an infection that can cause yellow-green vaginal discharge and pain with sex or when emptying the bladder. It can increase the risk of having a preterm baby. Rarely, the new baby can get the infection during delivery and have a fever after birth.

March 30th, 2021 at 2:33pm

yes a c section is recommended would be best if you have std

April 1st, 2021 at 12:22pm

It would depend on the std. many can be treated while pregnant but the more serious ones that can be fatal will need a c-section. most stds are caught by fluid to fluid transfere, but as i said, it depends on the type of std.

May 25th, 2021 at 6:14am

No. And with prenatal care requirements an HIV+ woman can give birth to an HIV- child.

July 27th, 2021 at 10:29am

Yes, she will not be able to give birth vaginally.

September 8th, 2021 at 9:23pm

i was watching discovery health one time and this girl that was giving birth had herpes and was having an outbreak when she was in labor and she had to have a C section.

September 9th, 2021 at 2:41am

C-section it is.

September 19th, 2021 at 6:04pm


September 21st, 2021 at 12:06pm

Yes, a friend of mine had contracted genital herpes from her husband (navy man) and she had to have a C section in order for her son not to contract it.

June 1st, 2022 at 3:37am


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