If you are pregnant, talk with your doctor or midwife about getting a group B strep (GBS) test when you are 35–37 weeks pregnant.
If you have GBS, your baby can get very sick and even die if you are not tested and treated.
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FAQs about GBS and the GBS Test:
What is GBS?
If you have GBS bacteria in your body, you would not feel sick or have any symptoms. GBS is usually not harmful to you. Other people in the house, including kids, are not at risk of getting sick from GBS.
GBS can be passed on to babies during childbirth, and that's dangerous for them.
What is the GBS test?
Should I be tested for GBS before I am 35 weeks pregnant?
Is there any risk to getting the GBS test?
How does the doctor or midwife do the GBS test?
What does it mean to "test positive" for GBS?
If you test positive, that does not mean you have an infection. It only means that you have these bacteria in your body. Testing positive for GBS does not mean that you are not clean. It does not mean that you have a sexually transmitted disease. The bacteria are not spread from food, sex, water, or anything that you might have come into contact with.
If you tested positive for GBS, you will need to get to the hospital right away when your water breaks or you go into labor.
I tested positive. Why isn't my doctor or midwife giving me antibiotics immediately?
How will my doctor or midwife protect my baby?
Your baby's doctor will check on the baby once he or she is born. The baby likely won't need extra antibiotics or other medicine after birth, unless the doctor tells you that they are needed.
Will I need a GBS test only for my first pregnancy, or for every pregnancy?
Can I breastfeed if I tested positive for GBS?
Yes, women who test positive for GBS can breastfeed. Rarely, GBS can be spread to babies through breastmilk, but the benefits of breastfeeding are much greater than the risk of spreading GBS.
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