U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 45-year-old member asked:

What can you tell me about strep and the effects on the unborn child?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Confusing question: If your concern is about strep throat, the issue is unlikely to bother a fetus.The germ does not enter the blood & travel to the baby, so baby does not have any ill effects. If your question is about group b strep, that germ is common in the female genital tract.It can contaminate baby during birth or infect the fetal waters prior to delivery. In either case the germ can infect baby & cause death.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated May 31, 2013


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.