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How can one reduce the risk of spreading group B strep (GBS) to her baby?

The medicine to stop group B strep (GBS) from spreading to a baby is an antibiotic given during labor. The antibiotic (usually penicillin) is given to a woman through an IV (in the vein) during childbirth. If one is allergic to penicillin, there are other ways to help treat this during labor.

Antibiotics taken before labor will not protect a baby against GBS. The bacteria can grow back so fast that taking the medicine before beginning labor does not prevent the bacteria from spreading to the baby during childbirth.

Testing positive for GBS does not put other people in the house, including kids, at risk of getting sick from GBS.

If a woman thinks she might have a C-section or go into labor early (prematurely), she should talk with her doctor or nurse about a personal GBS plan.

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