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Asked by NELSONASHLEY001 at 1:44 PM on Jan. 6, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • did you ask your midwife or doctor? they didn't tell you? sorry just seems an odd question...

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:55 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • Just strep in your blood. Not a big deal, had it too. They will give you a bag of anti-biotics during delivery. Not a big worry. Go to and read about it. Only a problem if you don't have anti-biotics.

    Answer by urkiddingright at 1:57 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • no that is inaccurate. it's not in your blood, it's in your GI tract, totally normal. something like 25-40% of women have GBS strep around their anus or vagina. the concern is that the baby would get an infection from it. check out the links i posted above :)

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:59 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • Sounds like a bacteria infection meaning the Ph level in your vagina changed. It can brew bacteria, it can kill off bacteria, all kinds of fun stuff. My experience, i would always test positive for a bacteria infection and come to find out it was do to me drinking carbonated drinks. Carbonated drinks changes the Ph levels and you may notice a heavier discharge. Have the doctors run another pap smear. If you did drink any carbonated drinks 3 days before going, you might want to stop it before you go in again.

    Answer by lawess at 2:00 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • lawess isn't quite on target i don't think. it is colonization of group beta strep but it's not like an infection that is bad for you. but it can be bad for the baby IF s/he is infected with it at birth. which is VERY unlikely but can be dangerous.

    it is totally normal for women to be colonized with GBS!

    there are many options for treatment, the most common is antibiotics during labor but there are downsides to that (big one being that that makes it more likely that baby will get some other kind of infection in the future). other things to do are try to reduce colonization with garlic, vitamin c, or probiotics. and then retest, like lawess said, only it's not a pap test.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:05 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • I do not know, but it sound like something that should be quarantined.

    Answer by ambr2006 at 2:24 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • i'm really surprised so few people know about this, what it is, and what it means. i agree with the anons.

    it's something that a lot of women have, less than half, but still a lot. it is rarely harmful to women who have the GBS but it can be harmful to babies if they contract a GBS infection after birth. most babies will not get sick from GBS if left untreated but some who do get sick will die, so it is quite serious. i think something like 1 in 5000 babies born to GBS positive moms would die if mom's GBS was not dealt with in any way.

    the problem is that there isn't a great way to deal with the problem. i was GBS positive in my first pregnancy and i had IV antibiotics during labor. i later read online and in books that doing IV antibiotics during labor hasn't really been shown to decrease the chances that a baby will die. and antibiotics to such a tiny baby is not good imo. i wouldn't really say i regret doing ...

    Answer by Stefanie83 at 3:07 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • the antibiotics. but for this pregnancy i am going to try to prevent coming up positive like anon said with garlic or probiotics. and then re-test.

    some moms opt not to even test since there is so little that can be done about it. and there are things to do to prevent baby from getting infected. one thing is no cervical exams after your water breaks.

    Answer by Stefanie83 at 3:09 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • "i'm really surprised so few people know about this, what it is, and what it means."

    Wow! Me too Stefanie83

    Answer by happySAHMmomof2 at 4:42 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • Group B Streptococcus (group B Strep, Strep B, GBS) is a normal bacterium which lives in and on approximately a third of adults, men and women. Carrying it like this doesn't cause any problems or symptoms and when it's found from a rectal or vaginal swab it needs no treatment. However, it's important to know about it when you're pregnant as it can cause very nasty infections in newborn babies although, if a mum who carries GBS has antibiotics in labour, then the risk of a Strep B infection in the baby is tiny.

    Check out for loads more information.

    Answer by hard_working at 6:38 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

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