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What happens if you are GBS positive in pregnancy?

What happens if you are GBS positive in pregnancy?

Early-onset GBS can cause pneumonia, sepsis or meningitis. If you have GBS, you can pass this kind of infection to your baby. But treatment with antibiotics during labor and birth can help prevent your baby from getting it. About half of all GBS infections in newborns are early-onset.

Does being GBS Positive make you high risk?

Effects on pregnancy While having GBS won’t classify your pregnancy as “high risk,” GBS does increase a pregnant woman’s chances of developing: a urinary tract infection (UTI) an infection of the bloodstream (called sepsis) an infection of the uterine lining.

Can you have a healthy baby with GBS?

Most pregnant women who carry group B streptococcus (GBS) bacteria have healthy babies. But there’s a small risk that GBS can pass to the baby during childbirth. Sometimes GBS infection in newborn babies can cause serious complications that can be life threatening, but this is not common.

What happens if I am GBS positive?

If you are GBS-positive, there is a one in 200 chance your infant will develop an infection. (With intravenous antibiotics—usually penicillin—the chances decrease to one in 4,000.) Some patients choose to forgo the preventive antibiotics due to concerns about overprescribing and the rise of antibiotic resistance.

Why did I test positive for GBS?

If a test finds GBS, the woman is said to be “GBS positive.” This means only that she has the bacteria in her body — not that she or her baby will become sick from it. GBS infection in babies is diagnosed by testing a sample of blood or spinal fluid.

Can you ever get rid of group B strep?

Early recognition and treatment is important to cure GBS infection in adults. High doses of antibiotics such as penicillin should be administered and the full course taken. Most GBS infection can be treated successfully, although some people will require all the expertise of intensive care facilities.