What do you need to know about Group B Strep in pregnancy?
First of all, it’s a completely normal bacteria carried by about 25% of pregnant women, and it’s not harmful to the mother. It is NOT an STD and there is absolutely nothing wrong with testing positive for it. But if you’re not treated with antibiotics during labor, it could be passed to your baby during birth. And it can lead to a very serious infection for your little one.
You’re typically tested for Group B Strep between 36-38 weeks of your pregnancy. This involves a simple swab of the vagina and rectum. If you test positive, you’ll receive an IV antibiotic (usually penicillin) as soon as labor begins to protect the baby from contracting it. Simple as that!
What ELSE should you know?
It’s important to get to the hospital in plenty of time (4+ hours is ideal) to receive an antibiotic before delivering.
If your water breaks, call your doctor immediately! You’ll likely need to go straight to the hospital to start your antibiotic. If you’re allergic to penicillin, make sure your practitioner and birth team are aware so that you can receive an alternative antibiotic.
If you have questions or concerns about your Group B Strep results, don’t hesitate to chat with your doctor to get more info!