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Chlamydia is bacterial infection which can be cured. The transmission of this disease can occur through sex, genital contact, or even orally. It can be transmitted to a baby during pregnancy.
It is estimated that around three million people in the United States are diagnosed with Chlamydia every year, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is found in higher rates in women who are active sexually and below 25 years, especially those between the age group of 15 years and 19 years.
Women with the Chlamydia at the time of pregnancy will be at risk of amniotic sac infection and fluid infection, preterm birth and preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM). However, treatments can help you to reduce these problems.
If Chlamydia is not treated, you are at a risk of getting HIV and also other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You may also suffer from uterine infection after delivery.
If Chlamydia is not treated until your labor, your baby will be affected with the bacteria. Those babies who are born vaginally are at risk of getting Chlamydia.
Twenty-five percent to fifty percent of the babies whose mothers are infected by Chlamydia will get conjunctivitis after a few weeks or days after birth. Five percent to twenty percent of the babies to whom Chlamydia is transmitted have a risk of developing pneumonia after a few weeks or months.
This infection is a dangerous one but a good treatment with antibiotics will avoid the danger. If you have Chlamydia, get it treated before you deliver, so that your baby will be healthy when born.
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