Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a bacteria that many people carry, it has no symptoms or side-effects, but late on in pregnancy, it can cause problems.
When hearing a medical word you may not have heard before your first thought is to probably google it, so we've taken all the information and put it in one place with everything you need to know about GBS.
What you need to know about Group B Strep:
1) What is it?
Group B Strep is a bacteria which 20-40% of adults
carry without knowing. It's not a sexually transmitted disease and very rarely causes infections in adults.
4) How you can be tested
In the UK group B Strep isn't routinely tested and has a *random selection approach*, unless your midwife requests any samples to be tested further. Although you might not be tested at your routine appointments, you can pay to have a test done. You can order a home test for £35 here.
Testing between 35-37 weeks of pregnancy is recommended as it allows time to put a labour plan in place and you can be offered antibiotics. It's not recommended to test before 35 weeks of pregnancy as you can pick up GBS within the next five weeks and after 37 weeks it might be too late if your baby is born early.
For more information, visit the Group B Strep Support page which offers health professional's advice and support for families affected by GBS.
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