If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, you should know about Group B Strep (GBS).
In the U.S., about 1 in 4 women carry Group B Streptococcal bacteria. Without a test, you wouldn’t know that you were carrying Group B Strep because there are no symptoms and it is usually not harmful to women. However, Group B Strep can be passed on to your baby during childbirth and lead to a deadly infection in your newborn.
If you test positive for Group B Strep, you can protect your baby by getting IV antibiotics during labor.