Group B Strep Infection During Pregnancy

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If you are pregnant, you will probably begin hearing about something called Group B Strep. This is actually a common bacteria that is found in the vaginas of many healthy women. In facts, between 10 to 35 percent of all women have it. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

For the most part, women have no need to worry about this bacteria. However, when you become pregnant, it is possible that it could be transmitted to the baby and cause a serious infection. While this infection is rare, around ½ a percent of babies develop it, it is something that you should be concerned about if you do have Group B Strep. Here are some things you should know about it.

Testing and Treatment

One of the downsides of having Group B Strep is that you won’t have any side effects from it. While this is great for the woman, it makes it hard to detect without the proper testing. This is why all women who become pregnant are likely to go through this test.

Luckily, treatment for women with Group B Strep is rather simple. You will be given an IV of antibiotics while you are going through labor and this will take away any risk to your baby.

There are also some particular women who are at a greater risk of having Group B Strep. For example, those who go into preterm labor or have premature rupture of the membranes are more likely to have Group B Strep. Most of the time, doctors will administer an IV of antibiotics during labor for these women, just to be safe.

Testing for this condition consists of a pelvic exam and a swab of the vagina and a swab of the rectum. The lab will then test the swabs for the condition and your doctor will plan accordingly. This test is conducted around the 35th week of a pregnancy and you will probably get the results back within an hour.

Risks for the Test

The test is a simple one and there are no risks involved. If your doctor does not offer this test, you are able to request the test. Staying safe is always the best option and having this test is something that can help your baby avoid an infection.

As always, you should discuss any concerns you have about your health or the condition of your pregnancy with your doctor. Your doctor will be able to provide expert advice and treatment options for any conditions you may be suffering from.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.