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May 28, 2017

Group B Strep. GBS. 

Chances are high that if you're pregnant, or have been since 1993, you've heard SOMEONE refer to Group B Strep. You were probably even tested for it. So what IS it and should you treat for it if you have it?

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a bacteria that lives in our intestines and can be present at any given time in the rectum, vagina, and/or urethra. In the United States, women are generally tested for it using a swab of the rectum and vagina around 36 weeks. If the bacteria happens to be present at the time of the swab, you will test positive for it. 1 in 4 pregnant women will test positive.

Since 1993, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), have recommended that all pregnant women be screened for GBS and if tested positive, are treated with IV antibiotics in labor. This is done in an attempt to prevent newborns who may become colonized with GBS during lab...

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