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The danger of group B strep during pregnancy is the possibility of passing the bacteria to the newborn baby during birth. Newborns, especially if premature, are susceptible to being infected by the bacteria. Group B strep can cause severe illnesses, including infections of the blood, lungs and spinal cord.
If you have group B streptococcus (GBS) during your pregnancy, there's a chance that you could pass the bacteria on to your baby. In women, GBS bacteria live in the rectum and vagina, so a baby can become infected during childbirth. Infection with GBS can cause serious, even life-threatening, problems in a newborn. These include lung infections, blood infections, and meningitis (inflammation of the tissues around the brain and spinal cord).