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GROUP B BETA-HEMOLYTIC STREPTOCOCCUS (GBS) IN PREGNANCY

Group B Strep is a microorganism that is found in the genital tract or rectum of 15-40% of all pregnant women. This is not an infection that you catch, it is not a sexually transmitted disease, nor does it generally cause you any problems. However, newborn infants can become seriously ill if they become infected while traveling through the vagina during birth. Therefore, we will obtain a culture using a special q-tip swabbing your vagina and anus around your 36th week of pregnancy. If you are colonized with GBS you will be given ampicillin (or clindamycin if allergic) in labor or if your bag of waters breaks before the onset of labor. This in essence is a prophylaxis or preventive measure to avoid having your infant become ill after birth.



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