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Hi everyone! I was wondering, can Group B Strep be passed to unborn baby during pregnancy (before the delivery)? I've heard that the test is normally done very late in p/g but, if Strep is detected early in p/g, does it need to be treated straight away just in case the baby is being affected somehow? Thanks
No the baby cannot contract GBS during pg, it is only a risk during a vaginal delivery. I think it is also a fairly low risk, as I have heard that some docs don't even test for it or attempt treatment. They deal with it if the baby develops a problem (indicated by fever). I believe it can only be transferred if baby has a wound (contact with unbroken skin shouldn't be a problem) - not certain of this though.
I tested +ve for GBS with my second pg and stupidly freaked myself out by doing research on the net. Talk with your doc/midwife on what their treatment plan is and what the risks are.
As xkwzit said it can only be passed on during labour. I tested + to GBS as well, all they did was give me antibiotics during labour. For some reason antibiotics ceases the bacteria during labour. If you are concerned just talk to your midwive or doctor. They usually test at around 35 weeks through a swab of the vagina. I hope that eases your mind.
sugar n spice
Jaydensmum is spot on correct. I too was + for gbs. they just give you antibiotics in labour.
I was tested +'ve both pg's but was only given the antibiotics for DD1, DD2 came in such a hurry that there was not really any time for anything and they didn't even take much notice of her after she was born so I have been led to believe the risk is not terribly great. I felt reassured when I had the antibitoics first time around but 2nd time around i was worried and kept asking the middies what had to be done because I hadn't had them and they just ignored me or told me not to worry.
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