My Body – Pregnancy Week 36

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Pregnancy Week 36

How are you feeling? You are probably seeing your healthcare provider every week now. It is common at this point in your pregnancy for your doctor to screen for Group B Strep.

What is Group B Strep? Practitioners often screen for Group B Strep because it is the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborns. It can cause pneumonia and meningitis. Group B Strep is a bacterial infection that may be found in a pregnant women's vagina or rectum. 15 to 40 percent of all healthy, adult women carry these bacteria in their vagina or lower intestines.

It is possible for a mother to pass Group B Strep onto her baby during delivery. Therefore, every woman should be tested between 35-37 weeks. This is done with a vaginal and rectal swab. If a mother tests positive, she should be treated with antibiotics in labor to prevent the spread of Group B Strep to her baby. It’s especially important if you are Group B strep positive to head right to the hospital if you water breaks or you go into labor. You should also be sure to tell your healthcare team right away that you are Group B strep positive, called “GBS positive” when you get to the hospital, just in case your labor progresses quickly, so that they can give you your antibiotic as soon as possible.

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  1. Maria says:

    I had baby in the UK. I went into premature labour at 26 weeks and so they tested for GBS, which is something that isn’t routinely done in the UK. I tested positive, but wasnt told much. I had ruptured membranes for 16 days, and broken waters for 10 days before baby came. He came quite quickly in the end and so antibiotics didn’t have much time to kick in. At just over two weeks old, he contracted meningitis and septicemia as a result of GBS. He weighed less than 3lbs at the time and it was a real struggle. GBS testing is SO important!!

  2. Yarneka says:

    I had it done and i tested positive…

  3. Christina says:

    Had GBS with my last one, I go on friday. We shall see.

  4. Marilyn says:

    I wonder when I’ll have to get tested. Next visit I’ll be 36 weeks by then.

  5. ErinF says:

    Just had my GBS swab done a couple of days ago; I’m opting out of cervical checks, so the swab was vaginal only, quick and painless. Here’s hoping for a negative result. If it does turn out positive, my midwife suggests asking for a urine culture (clean catch), since urinary tract GBS infections are more likely than vaginal colonization to become systemic and affect the baby. In case of positive culture results, she recommends asking for a course of oral antibiotics beforehand (I assume that IV abx are given during labor as opposed to orally beforehand since labor could happen at any time, and the course may not have been finished), and the hibiclens wash during labor.

  6. Pennier81 says:

    Haven’t had it yet.

  7. Anber says:

    Why? How is it any different that a regular pap smear test. I am supposed to do mine this week. Your post makes me very uneasy.

  8. Lilly says:

    You can do this swab yourself to make it more comfortable. Also, even if mama is positive, the chance of passing it to baby is about 3%. The antibiotics are more likely to cause problems for baby than GBS. You can do a hibiclens wash during labor to neutralize any bacteria present. Your status can change day to day, and you may not even test positive the day of labor.

  9. emi285 says:

    Having it done this Thursday

  10. Jeanetta says:

    Had my Group B Strep test the other day and I agree it wasn’t fun…

  11. Morgan says:

    I just had my screening done last week and I must say that it is one of the most uncomfortable things i have ever been through!

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