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Strep b positive result during pregnancy: what does it mean?

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Between 5 and 30 percent of women carry this normal gut bacterium in their upper vagina and rectum. Most have no symptoms although it can produce a discharge or urinary tract infection. If the infection is present during labor the baby may be affected.

Prenatal screening for strep B is usually done at the first prenatal visit and between 35-37 weeks of pregnancy. However, if you have had a previously affected baby or threaten to go into premature labor you will be offering testing since the use of IV antibiotics during labor and four hours before the delivery is the best way to protect the baby from neonatal infection.

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Strep b positive result during pregnancy: what does it mean?
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