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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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Trichomoniasis During Pregnancy

How trichomoniasis affects pregnancy -- and what to do if you have it.

What is trichomoniasis during pregnancy?

Trichomoniasis, commonly referred to as “trich,” is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a parasite.

What are the signs of trichomoniasis during pregnancy?

Some women experience no symptoms. Most, though, notice frothy yellowish-green vaginal discharge and irritation.

Are there any tests for trichomoniasis during pregnancy?

Your healthcare provider will perform a physical exam and pelvic examination. (Red sores can usually be seen on the cervix or inside the vagina of women infected with trich.) A sample of vaginal discharge will also be taken and analyzed.

How common is trichomoniasis?

It’s one of the most common STIs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 7.4 million new cases of trich occur each year in men and women.

How did I get trichomoniasis?

You caught the parasite that causes trichomoniasis -- it's transmitted during sexual activity, especially sexual intercourse. Most infected men show no signs or symptoms of the disease, so it’s next-to-impossible to tell if a potential partner has trich.

How will trichomoniasis affect my baby?

Trich may be uncomfortable and unpleasant, but it’s a really a concern because the infection can cause inflammation of the cervix that can lead to bleeding or preterm labor. Pregnant women with trichomoniasis are more likely than other pregnant women to go into labor early and to deliver a baby that weighs less than five-and-a-half pounds. Bottom line: Trich potentially affects your ability nurture your baby in utero the full nine months (see next page for how to treat it).

-- Deborah Ottenheimer, MD, ob-gyn at Ottenheimer Healthcare in New York


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