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Group B strep infection is caused by a type of bacteria. It's a different kind of bacteria than the kind that causes strep throat.
You may have this kind of bacteria in your body. Sometimes it may cause an infection, but most of the time it doesn't make you sick or cause symptoms. But if you pass the bacteria to your baby during the birth, it can cause serious health problems for your baby.
If you have this bacteria in your body, you will get antibiotics when you are in labour. Antibiotics help prevent problems for a newborn baby.
After birth, doctors will watch and may test your baby. If your baby tests positive for Group B strep, he or she will get antibiotics.
If you plan to breastfeed your baby, don't worry. It will be safe to breastfeed.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: September 5, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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