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Dr. Tanya Russo
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What do you suggest if positive group b strep during pregnancy?

Dr. Tanya Russo
Board Certified, Pediatrics
20 years in practice
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What do you suggest if positive group b strep during pregnancy?

Rx during delivery: Group B Strep positive women will receive IV antibiotics during labor to prevent transmission of the bacteria to the baby during delivery. Ideally, 3 doses are administered prior to delivery. For this reason, going to the hospital for admission early in labor would be advisable. ...Read more

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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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How do you get diagnosed with group b strep during pregnancy?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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How do you get diagnosed with group b strep during pregnancy?

Genital swab: It is common practice to test for this at various points during pregnancy. About 1/3 pregnant women will be positive at any one point, and that can change without any treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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What could cause a positive group b strep test during pregnancy?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Common finding: Up to a third of normal women will be gbs positive at a given point with this germ on their genitals.It is common germ that is often found in the GI tract ; poo and occasionally causes uti's in women.Its main danger comes to the newborn where it can cause blood poisoning (sepsis), and or meningitis.After close monitoring was adopted, the frequency of problems has declined. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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I have group b strep positive ladies during pregnancy?

Dr. James Ferguson
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I have group b strep positive ladies during pregnancy?

Discuss with OB: I would expect the OB to be extra vigilant. Since GBS can be transient and is present in 1/3 of women at any time, most screening occurs later in pregnancy or at the beginning of premature labor. IV antibiotics during labor is a standard treatment as oral meds have not been shown to effect outcome. ...Read more

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Dr. Pam Yoder
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What are the effects of group b strep on pregnancy and birth?

Dr. Pam Yoder
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What are the effects of group b strep on pregnancy and birth?

Infection, delivery : Fortunately in north america we see fewer fetal or neonatal deaths or maternal illness than in the past. That is because there are accepted guidelines for giving antibiotics to decrease the risk of infection in the pregnant woman who carries gbs or the baby who is at risk of getting it. It is still a major threat to very small fetuses and neonates especially in developing nations. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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What's the procedure when being tested for group b strep..I lost my 1st child to the infection at 31wks. 2nd pregnancy & im 33wks i will b tested soon?

Dr. James Ferguson
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What's the procedure when being tested for group b strep..I lost my 1st child to the infection at 31wks. 2nd pregnancy & im 33wks i will b tested soon?

Discuss with OB: With your history i would expect your OB to be extra vigilant. Since gbs can be transient and is present in 1/3 of women at any time, most screening occurs later in pregnancy or at the beginning of premature labor. Iv antibiotics during labor is a standard treatment as oral meds have not been shown to effect outcome. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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How was I group b strep negative with my first pregnancy but positive with my second?

Dr. James Ferguson
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How was I group b strep negative with my first pregnancy but positive with my second?

Changes over time: GBS is a germ found normally in the digestive tract (poo) and by local contamination in the female genital tract. An estimated 3rd of women carry it at any point, but it can disappear and reappear in normal life. It occasionally causes a UTI in women, but is best known for it's potential to cause severe infection in the newborn.IV meds given during labor reduce risk, oral meds in pregnancy don't ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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What brings about a group b strep infection in pregnancy? Does diet play a role?

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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What brings about a group b strep infection in pregnancy? Does diet play a role?

GBS lives in vagina: Some bacteria have certain areas where they like to live. Group B Strep lives 'normally' in the vaginal area. Yes, sorry- there are bacteria EVERYWHERE and you just can't get rid of 'em. If you do, some other microbes will just take their place. Diet has no effect. Ob/gyn's screen for GBS because it can be dangerous to the baby -causing meningitis at birth -so mothers are treated prior to delivery ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Should a non-pregnant woman who was diagnosed with group b strep take antibiotics? Based on research, I am reading that treating group b strep with antibiotics could do more harm than good. What are holistic alternatives to antibiotic treatment?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Should a non-pregnant woman who was diagnosed with group b strep take antibiotics? Based on research, I am reading that treating group b strep with antibiotics could do more harm than good.  What are holistic alternatives to antibiotic treatment?

Ignore it: Group b strep is a periodic visitor to the digestive tract and at any given time 30% of women may have it show up on a vaginal swab. Except for it's well known nasty habit of hurting newborns & occasionally causing urinary tract infections it can be just a benign hitchhiker in your system. Unless you have urinary symptoms or are in the final weeks of pregnancy, i would ignore the germ. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
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Is garlic washing a natural and effective option for group b strep treatment in labor for home birth?

Dr. Jay Park
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Is garlic washing a natural and effective option for group b strep treatment in labor for home birth?

Doubtful: Group b strep infection in newborn, typically acquired from colonized birth canal, can be serious. Pregnant mother should receive penicillin. Don't fool around. Garlic used to be hung around the neck to ward off bad germs & spirit in the medieval era. ...Read more

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Group B strep is also known as Group B Streptococcal Infection. Group B Streptococcal (Streptococcus agalactiae) infection is a bacterial infection that occurs in newborns. Symptoms in the baby may include cyanosis or difficulty breathing, and must be ...Read more


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Streptococcal infection is a bacterial infection. There are several types, such as Group A and Group B, which cause disease in different areas of the body and ...Read more


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