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What are complications of syphilis when you are pregnant?

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If you have syphilis and are pregnant, you can pass it on to your unborn child. You might also have a higher risk of miscarriage, stillbirth (your baby being born dead), or your newborn dying within a few days.

Untreated babies who are born with syphilis can also have problems with their bones, blood, liver, spleen, brain, and skin. It may also cause blindness, seizures, developmental delays, and deafness.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Syphilis – CDC Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Syphilis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Condition Information.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 08, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “Syphilis – CDC Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Syphilis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Condition Information.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 08, 2019

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