How can I protect my baby if I have group B strep disease while pregnant?

Pregnant women who test positive for group B strep bacteria (GBS) during pregnancy should receive intravenous (IV) antibiotics during labor to help to protect their baby from becoming infected. Pregnant women who have GBS detected in their urine or who have had a previous baby with GBS disease should also be treated with IV antibiotics during labor. Pregnant women who do not know if they are GBS positive should receive IV antibiotics during labor if they are less than 37 weeks pregnant, if their water has been broken for more than 18 hours or if they develop a fever during labor. Antibiotics help kill some of the bacteria that are dangerous to the baby during birth. The antibiotics only help during labor because the bacteria grow back quickly.

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