Group B Strep Infection | Treatment

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If I'm infected, what can I do?

Your doctor may have you take antibiotic pills during pregnancy until you give birth. Then, when you're in labor, you can also take antibiotics intravenously (through an IV) to kill the germs. If you take antibiotics while you're in labor, the chances very high that your baby won't get this infection.

If I have group B strep, what could happen?

Carrying the bacteria in your body when you're pregnant doesn't usually make you sick. In some cases, though, group B strep germs can multiply inside your body and can cause serious infection. When you are pregnant and have group B strep, your baby could get the germs from you during delivery and get sick. Infected babies need treatment. Your baby will be kept in the hospital some extra days for close watching (observation) if your doctor thinks the baby is infected with strep. Blood tests will be done to see if your baby has group B strep. If your baby has this germ, the doctor will give the baby antibiotics.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 01/11
Created: 09/00

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