A pregnant woman who has Chlamydia has a 60% chance of passing on the infection to her newborn child. This case is called neonatal Chlamydial infection and can cause complications such as neonatal conjunctivitis and neonatal pneumonia. Because of this, it is important to take Chlamydia tests seriously.
Upon giving birth, the chances of transmitted the Chlamydia infection to the newborn is very high. That is why doctors encourage pregnant mothers who suffer from Chlamydia to get treatment before they give birth. The treatment process and the medication used are said to not cause any harm to the baby even if it is still inside the womb.
Antibiotics are used to treat Chlamydia. For pregnant mothers, the antibiotic called erythromycin is often prescribed by doctors. They are required to take 500 mg of erythromycin four times daily for seven consecutive days. Why is this done? The reason for this is to fight off the bacteria that cause Chlamydia. Erythromycin has also been proven to not cause any side effects that can trigger fetal abnormalities and such. If a pregnant woman can not take erythromycin for some reason, the doctor will find other alternatives such as amoxicillin to do the job. Another antibiotic often prescribed to pregnant mothers with Chlamydia is the azithromycin which should be taken in one small dose and is actually more convenient.
Amoxicillin is also often prescribed to Chlamydia-positive pregnant women. However, if a patient is allergic to penicillin, the doctor will find an alternative for it so that the patient can still be treated.
Side effects of Medication
When taking antibiotics, there may be side effects that the pregnant mother will experience. Some of the most common are nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. According to physicians, erythromycin creates the most number of side effects among the antibiotics, while azithromycin causes the least.
Aside from undergoing Chlamydia treatment, it is also recommended by doctors that the partner of the patient should undergo an STD test or Chlamydia test so that he or she can also be treated for Chlamydia. This way, resurfacing of the infection will be avoided. They are prohibited from having sex until they have completed the whole treatment procedure and are declared clear of the infection by the doctors.
Pregnancy is a crucial process and it is best to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure that the baby will be born without any complications. An expectant mother should be very responsible and careful in everything she does so that any of these infections and other diseases will be avoided.