Ep 31: Pregnancy and GBS (Group B Strep) – The All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast with Dr. Nicole C. Rankins
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #31: Pregnancy & GBS (Group B Strep)

GBS a.k.a. group B strep/group B streptococcus is a common bacteria that 15 to 40% of pregnant women carry. Outside of pregnancy, GBS is not a cause of concern. However, for pregnant women, this bacteria could hurt your baby during labor and childbirth.

In today’s episode, I’m going to talk about GBS, what is it, why do we screen for it in pregnancy, why should you even care about it, and how this can affect your pregnancy and your baby. I’ll also cover the major concerns related to it, and the necessary treatments you need  to protect your baby.

If you’re wondering about GBS, don’t worry, I’m here to help you out!

In This Episode We Talk About:

  • What is GBS or Group B Strep
  • How many pregnant women are affected by it
  • Why should you care about GBS
  • How GBS can affect your pregnancy and baby
  • What happens to babies who are affected by early-onset GBS
  • The most common type of GBS
  • Risk-based approach vs. Culture-based approach
  • Alternatives when you’re allergic to penicillin
  • How the GBS test is done (including self-testing)
  • The racial disparity between black and white babies affected by GBS
  • How GBS treatment may affect your baby’s microbiome

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