|Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a bacterium found in the digestive tract. Around 10 to 30% of people have GBS without being affected by it. However, this bacterium could harm your baby if transmitted during delivery. GBS can cause blood, lung, or brain infections. Luckily, early diagnosis and adequate treatment before birth can prevent your baby from getting GBS.
The GBS test is done a few weeks before delivery. If the result is positive, an antibiotic will be administrated. Furthermore, recommendations will be given to avoid your baby becoming infected with meningitis or septicemia. According to a published study by the American Society of Microbiology (ASM), this bacterium is harmful to babies, since it can mutate after being transmitted by the mother and disrupt the baby’s immune system.
It’s really important to get tested for GBS during the last few weeks of your pregnancy to know if you’re a carrier. Remember that early diagnosis is the best way to prevent risks and ensure your baby’s healthy development. Don’t forget to get tested for GBS a few weeks before your baby is born!