September 9, 2011 1:06 am Posted by


Getting an STI, or STDs (more than one STI), can be passed on from the mother to her baby during the pregnancy, or during birth. Most STI’s & STDs are passed during birth because  mom & baby don’t completely share the same circulatory system (blood flow).  It would definitely be much easier for babies to contract illnesses from mom if they did share the same blood flow system as viruses, bacteria, and fungal infections can pass right through the blood.  Some STD’s however, such as HIV and syphilis can get through the placenta (the large fluid sac that unborn babies live in) and infect the baby before birth.   Some STD’s are skin to skin contact meaning if the mom has open blister and sores including those caused by Herpes, can be passed on to a child. Also breastmilk is one of the 4 ways that HIV/ AIDS can be passed on.

Some effects of STI’s and STDS on newborns include:  possibility of stillbirth (babies born dead), premature (early birth), low birth weight, eye and skin infections,  blindness, brain damage, liver damager, meningitis, and pneumonia.

The really sad par The really sad part about the above risks is that babies are at risk of those things even if the mother has an incurable STD. This is why it is important for babies to be tested right away. If you or someone you know is a pregnant teen who is concerned whether their baby might have contracted an STD or STI, tell them to ask their doctor to test them and their baby right away. Remember that the younger or older you are, the higher the risk for you or the mother of your child having a complicated pregnancy. So its definitely not good if you are a teenager, and have an STI or STDS. And remember that pregnant women’s chances of getting an STI, or STD’s is no different than a woman or teenage girl who is not pregnant.  Remember that pregnancy does not protect  against any sexual regrets or consequences. It only makes a person pregnant. Oh,and by the way, sperm can live inside the female body for up to 7 days, so it is possible to get pregnant again after having just gotten pregnant.

THE GOOD PART: ABSTINENCE (not having sex) is the 100% sure way to prevent pregnancy and STI/ STD infection! And if you are still taking risks, at least use protection properly (latex condoms) could save your life, and your baby’s if you are pregnant or get someone pregnant.  If you or someone you know are interested in getting free education about the use of condoms, please visit NO Condom, No Way of Greater Milwaukee here at: http://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/healthAuthors/HBHA/PDFs/NCNWHowtoUseaCondom-np.pdf  Also click here for a list of places to get free condoms:  http://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/healthAuthors/MCH/FINALfreecondomresources1.pdfc

Please Make Proud Choices. Be Proud, Be Resonsible, Be Safe, and Be Healthy!

Love Always,

L.A.D.Y. Inc Motivator LADY Coach

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