Group B Strep (GBS) is a bacterial infection in your vagina or rectum, and is fairly common. GBS naturally occurs in the digestive and lower reproductive tracts of men and women and can occur in those who haven’t been sexually active. GBS is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD), and you cannot catch it from another person, or food or water.
During pregnancy you will be tested to determine if you have GBS. This is typically done at or around your 36 week appointment with a vaginal and rectal swab. If you test positive for GBS this simply lets the staff know you will need antibiotics administered during labor. You will also want to talk to your doctor about the risks of having your membranes stripped with GBS if this is something you were considering…Read More