Doctor Tips, Weeks 14-26

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Week 22

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can pose a health hazard to your baby, so make sure to talk to your doctor if this is an issue. More in week 22.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can cause some problems in pregnancy. Genital herpes, for example, can cause painful blisters on the vulva (outside of the vagina). If they are present when you go into labor, you will need to deliver by C-section to avoid passing it to your baby. Thankfully, medications exist that can help suppress these outbreaks, so talk to your doctor or midwife if you have this. Other infections such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis can lead to preterm labor and can be passed to your baby. Symptoms can include itching, burning, foul-smelling vaginal discharge, or discolored vaginal discharge.

Read more about week 22.

Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, April 2020

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  1. This is one of the only memories I was actually able to keep up with during my 2nd pregnancy! With my 1st, I kept a pregnancy journal of sorts with things that were happening, doctor’s notes from each appointment, belly pictures each week, nursery updates… With #2, #1 was in full-blown toddler mode, so belly pictures were my only documented memory. I’m glad I made myself continue that tradition!

    1. It’s so true, the 2nd (and 3rd and 4th….) kids start having way less documentation even from before they are born! Thank goodness for smartphones these days 🙂


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