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A 36-year-old member asked:

What exactly group b strep and how does a person get it?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Group B: Germs are a common part of our existence many types inhabit our body. Some in our poo help our digestion. Some do nothing. Some can cause problems under specific conditions.U getgbs from the environment. It tends to occupy the lower female genital tract (1/3 have it at any point).If it is there during labor & delivery, it can invade a baby causing infection or do nothing at all.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you please discuss group b strep and how do you get it?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Group B: Germs are a common part of our existence many types inhabit our body. Some in our poo help our digestion. Some do nothing. Some can cause problems under specific conditions.U getgbs from the environment. It tends to occupy the lower female genital tract (1/3 have it at any point).If it is there during labor & delivery, it can invade a baby causing infection or do nothing at all.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How can I decrease the risk of my baby getting a group b strep infection?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
OB's follow protocol: The frequency of invasive group b strep disease has declined since the adoption of surveillance and treatment protocols by ob's & peds. Since gbs can come & go, most moms will be screened at 35-37 wks & receive abx during labor if positive, if status unknown she will be treated & babies are monitored & tested for a specific period after delivery. Discuss your concerns with your ob.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What is group b strep, and how do you get it?

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Dr. Denise Lochner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Nature: Group b strep (gbs) is a naturally occuring bacteria in the environment. It can live in the intestines of 20-25% of all individuals and in general does not cause any issues. It can however, cause an infection in the womb (uterus) during pregnancy, particularly during labor. Therefore, a woman who is known to be gbs positive is treated with antibiotics in labor to protect the baby.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is group b strep and how can someone get it?

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Dr. Kevin Fleishman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
A bacteria: Group b strep is a type of bacteria that grows on the skin and in your vagina. It can cause an infection in the baby so all women are screened for colonization in the third trimester and treated with antibiotics during labor if the screen is positive. You get it from other people who are colonized.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

What can I expect if I have group b strep?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Antibiotics in labor: When a woman has group b strep we start antibiotics when she goes into labor. These antibiotics pass through the placenta and protect the baby during delivery. You can also expect more careful assessments of baby after delivery and possibly needing to stay at least 24 hours. If you don't get at least two doses of antibiotics before delivery, you may need to stay for further monitoring.
Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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