Health Matters

Pregnancy and Group B Strep

“Decrease the risk of your baby getting sick.”

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Is Group B Strep a concern during pregnancy? Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton, an OB/GYN in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine has the answers.

“Group B streptococcus or GBS is a known bacteria that occurs naturally and usually is not harmful. If present during pregnancy, GBS may cause illness during labor or in the baby after delivery.”

“Babies with GBS are at higher risk for meningitis, pneumonia, blood infections, and even death. Up to one-third of pregnant patients have Group B Strep; but most babies are not affected.”

“The good news is GBS screening is performed during prenatal care. If there is evidence of GBS, then antibiotic treatment during labor and delivery can significantly decrease the risk of your baby getting sick.”

“If you have any concerns about Group B Strep, please talk with your provider.”

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