It used to be uncommon for a pregnant woman to see her doctor and be worried about having a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Today, I see more women who have this concern. You may be unsure what an STD is. It is a disease that is contracted during sexual activity, whether it is sexual intercourse, oral intercourse or anal intercourse.
Women can be exposed to many different types of STDs, and we know they can harm a growing baby. This chapter covers the most common sexually transmitted diseases and presents information so you will know what to look for if you think you have been exposed. If you have a sexually transmitted disease, see a doctor for treatment as soon as possible!