Group B Strep During Pregnancy

In an effort to raise awareness about Group B Streptococcus (GBS), July has been made Group B Strep awareness month. Read these frequently asked questions about GBS to stay informed during your pregnancy and help spread awareness in Boca Raton.

What is Group B Strep?

This type of bacteria, streptococcus agalactiae, is a naturally occurring bacteria found in people’s digestive tracts and women’s birth canals. Most people who have this type of bacteria in their system do not have symptoms or side effects, and it does not cause any harm. Unfortunately, it is found in 1 in 4 pregnant women and can be dangerous for the baby.

When Should I Be Tested for GBS During my Pregnancy?

All pregnant women at Women’s Health Partners are routinely tested for GBS at 35-37 weeks with a vaginal and rectal swab during a prenatal appointment. Your urine may also be tested throughout your pregnancy, and you may have another test during labor.

Symptoms of a GBS infection during pregnancy include bladder or urinary tract infections or vaginitis symptoms including vaginal burning or irritation. This, in addition to unusual discharge, can often be mistaken for a yeast infection. Let your obstetrician know if you notice these symptoms.

How Do I Know If My Baby Has a Group B Strep Infection?

A baby can get an infection from GBS before birth, through the first week of life, or during the first several months. It is important to act quickly to diagnose and treat a Group B Strep if you notice these signs.

Signs of GBS During Pregnancy

If you have an unexplained fever during your pregnancy or there is decreased fetal movement after your 20th week of pregnancy, this could signal a GBS infection.

Signs of GBS After Birth

If you notice these symptoms in your baby, call your pediatrician immediately:

  • Irritability, inconsolable crying
  • Doesn’t feed well or doesn’t wake for feedings
  • Sleeping too much
  • Unstable temperature
  • Blotchy skin or pale skin
  • Difficult or unsteady breathing
  • Stiff body or uncontrollable jerking

Be sure to schedule your regular prenatal appointments at the Women’s Health Partners

 

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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