Gonorrhea is a venereal infection transmitted primarily by sexual intercourse. In a woman, the urethra, vulva, vagina and Fallopian tubes may be involved. However, there may be no symptoms of the disease.
The baby may be infected as it passes through the birth canal, resulting in eye inflammation. Eyedrops are routinely used in newborns to prevent this problem. The baby may get other infections also.
Gonorrheal infections are treated with penicillin and other medications that are safe to use during pregnancy.