Ah, the miracle of birth. It’s a wonderful thing – unless you’re one of those lucky few who gets to experience group B strep during pregnancy. This pesky little infection can strike at any time and make your nine-month journey feel like an eternity.
So, will you have to deal with it every time you’re pregnant? Let’s take a closer look.
What the Heck is Group B Strep Anyway?
Before we dive in, let’s discuss what we’re dealing with here. Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacteria that lives in many people without causing any problems^1. For moms-to-be, however, it can mean trouble.
If GBS spreads to areas like the uterus or amniotic fluid, it can be passed on to the baby during delivery^2. This puts newborns at risk for sepsis, pneumonia, and other infections^3. Not exactly what you were hoping for when planning out your perfect birth plan!
So…Will I Get It More Than Once?
Unfortunately, yes – there’s no guarantee that just because you had GBS during your last pregnancy that it won’t show up again this time around^4-5.
Why Might GBS Recur in Subsequent Pregnancies?
There are several factors that come into play here:
Your Immune System
Your body may develop immunity after being exposed to GBS once already — but this isn’t always the case^6-7
Changes in Partner
You might not think about this one right away but switching partners between pregnancies could increase exposure to new strains of bacteria associated with asymptomatic carriage and colonization which ultimately increases chances of contracting GBS as well as makes existing condition harder manage or treat by antibiotics due different pathogens carrying varying levels antibiotic resistance genes^8-9.
Changes in Obstetrician
Another change that can impact exposure to GBS is switching healthcare providers between pregnancies^10.
While your odds of developing GBS again are slightly higher than someone who’s never had it all, being a previous carrier doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have it every time. There are other risk factors to consider as well:
- Preterm labor
- Prolonged rupture of membranes
- Infection during pregnancy
- Positive urine culture for GBS in third trimester
- Previous baby born with invasive GBS disease
If any of the above apply to you, then sorry – but your chances of getting reinfected go up significantly.
How Can I Find Out if I Have GBS During Pregnancy?
The best way to know if you have Group B Strep is through routine prenatal testing some doctors recommend 37 weeks gestation or close enough so that appropriate intervention and treatment measures put place before childbirth take place , 11-13
This involves collecting cultures from our rectum and vagina which will be used running various tests – this isn’t as bad as it sounds (although let’s face it, a doctor poking around down there isn’t exactly anyone’s idea of fun).
If the results come back positive, not too worry! Early diagnosis increases likelihood better outcomes for mothers and babies alike.
Final Thoughts…or Babies!
So there you go – while having had group B strep once does increase your chances of a repeat performance in future pregnancies., do keep mind environmental settings also play important role when dealing with recurrence ; ultimately proper screening test timing plays big part identifying presence infection preventing complications. Thankfully though he alternative obviously worse: swallowing oranges whole just HOPING nine months later something pops out on its own LOL kidding .. sorta.
All jokes aside When it comes down preparation nothing is better than routine prenatal care, the dr. is there to catch this kinda stuff just as mosquito in flight was caught recently with quite impressive net loop by friend visiting Puerto Rico -oops! time taken out myself?- sorry- anyway, all hail proper prenatal care !,
So happy birthing everyone – may your experience be joyful and stitch-free (but if it’s not, trust us – that numbing cream they give you for the after-pain? Worth its weight in gold).
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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