Pregnancy can be a time of great joy, but it also comes with questions and concerns, including matters related to sexual health.

One common question that might arise is whether it’s possible to contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) while pregnant.

In this blog post, we aim to address this concern to provide you with the information you need to make the best possible decisions for your sexual health.

Understanding STIs

Sexually transmitted infections are infections that are primarily transmitted through sexual contact. They can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or pregnancy status.

Common STIs include:

These infections can be transmitted through vaginal, anal, and oral sex, and in some cases, even through non-sexual contact, such as through sharing needles for drug use.

Can you get an STI while pregnant?

The short answer is yes, you can contract an STI while pregnant. Pregnancy does not offer immunity against STIs.

Potential risks of untreated STIs during pregnancy

Having an STI during pregnancy can have significant health implications for both the pregnant person and the developing baby.

Maternal health

Untreated STIs can lead to various health problems in pregnant individuals. These complications can include pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ectopic pregnancy, and preterm birth.

Neonatal health

Some STIs can be transmitted from a pregnant person to their baby during childbirth. This can result in serious health issues for the newborn, such as eye infections, pneumonia, and in severe cases, developmental problems.

Prevention and safe practices

It’s important to take as many precautions as possible when you’re pregnant in order to secure your overall health. Protecting yourself from STIs should be a priority.

Safe sex

The best way to prevent STIs while pregnant, or at any other time, is through practising safe sex. This means using condoms and dental dams consistently and correctly during sexual activity.

Regular testing

If you’re pregnant and sexually active, it’s essential to get regular STI screenings. Routine testing can help identify and treat infections early, reducing the risk of complications for yourself and your baby.

Partner communication

Open and honest communication with your partner(s) about sexual health is crucial. Discuss your sexual history, get tested together, and make informed decisions about your sexual activity.


For certain STIs, such as HPV, vaccines are available and recommended. Consult with your healthcare provider to determine which vaccines are suitable for you.

Final thoughts

Pregnancy should be a time of joy and anticipation, and concerns about STIs should not overshadow that experience. Remember that it’s possible to contract an STI while pregnant, but it’s also entirely preventable with safe sex practices, regular testing, and open communication with your partner(s).

If you’re pregnant and you’re worried about STIs, you should get tested with Better2Know. Call the number above to speak to one of our dedicated Sexual Health Advisors. They can discuss your situation with you and help you come up with the best possible course of action.

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