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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Gonorrhea During Pregnancy

Some moms-to-be find out they have gonorrhea at one of their first prenatal appointments. So what are the risks to baby? And how should the gonorrhea be safely treated? Read on.

What is gonorrhea during pregnancy?

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that, if you have it during delivery, could affect baby at birth.

What are the signs of gonorrhea?

Most people with gonorrhea don’t notice any signs or symptoms. Symptoms (if you have any) can be even harder to spot during pregnancy because they include vaginal discharge and vaginal bleeding or spotting -- both of which can happen during pregnancy anyhow -- and occasional discomfort or burning while peeing.

Are there any tests for gonorrhea?

There are a lot of simple lab tests for gonorrhea. Most use a sample from the infected area, but urine can also be tested for gonorrhea. Almost all pregnant women are tested for gonorrhea at their first prenatal visit.

How common is gonorrhea during pregnancy?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 13,000 pregnant women in the US have gonorrhea.

How did I get gonorrhea?

From sexual contact. Gonorrhea can be spread by contact with the penis, mouth, vagina or anus.

How will my gonorrhea affect my baby?

If you have it when your baby is delivered, gonorrhea can get into your baby’s eyes as he passes through the birth canal. “In some parts of the world, gonorrhea infection is one of the more common causes of childhood blindness,” says Sharon Phelan, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of New Mexico. Here in the US, almost all newborns get special eyedrops shortly after the birth that are designed to prevent blindness in cases of undiagnosed gonorrhea.

Gonorrhea can also cause joint infections or life-threatening blood infections in infected babies (see next page for treatment, prevention and more resources).

-- Jennifer L.W. Fink


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