How Do You Prevent Group B Strep?
Group B strep (GBS), also known as baby strep, is an infection caused by a specific type of streptococcus bacteria found in one out of four American women. As the baby moves through the vaginal tract during childbirth, he can come into contact with the bacteria and develop a life-threatening GBS infection. Start prenatal care early, and keep all appointments with your doctor. Screening for group B strep is a routine part of this care. Let your doctor know if you have a history of GBS. This is especially important if you were treated for GBS during an earlier pregnancy. Ask your doctor about screening if you have not received a GBS test by the 37th week of your pregnancy. Evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the 35- to 37-week window is the optimal time to test. A doctor or nurse will use a sterile swab to gather any organisms from your vagina and rectum. Typically the procedure is painless. Talk with your doctor if the GBS test is positive. Together, you c