This is a very important post because it can effect a lot of pregnant women and they don’t know nothing about it just because it’s not done by NHS. You have to pay for it and it cost £39.99, but it’s worth spending money on because it can save your baby’s life.
Group B Strep and GBS, is a common natural bacterium which is a gut flora found in 20-30% of men and women.
It’s estimated that around one in four pregnant women in the UK carry GBS in their digestive system or vagina. Although GBS can be passed through sexual contact it is not a sexually transmitted disease.
Although GBS is rarely harmful to the mother it can pass to the baby. This could cause serious complications that can lead to conditions such as sepsis and meningitis that can be life threatening for the baby. GBS is also known to be a rare cause of uterine infection, urinary tract infection, preterm delivery, still births, maternal infections and late miscarriages.
The good news is that if detected during pregnancy, GBS infection in your newborn baby can usually be prevented with antibiotics in labour. It’s therefore important to get tested from 35 weeks onwards into your pregnancy to find out if you are carrying the bacterium to be able to receive effective treatment in labour. I’ve done my on Thursday 11/05/2017 and I was 35+6 weeks pregnant.
If Group B Strep is passed to a baby they are at risk of developing one of two types of GBS disease:
Early onset GBS disease
Around two thirds of GBS disease are early-onset and occur within the first week of a baby’s life. Early onset usually presents as pneumonia or sepsis and may display the following symptoms:
- Floppy and unresponsive
- Poor feeding
- High or low temperature
- Fast or slow heart rates
- Fast or slow breathing rates
- Increased risk of resuscitation
- Low blood sugar
Although the majority of early onset GBS infections do not lead to long term damage it can cause problems such as cerebral palsy, deafness, blindness and serious learning difficulties.
Late onset GBS disease
One third of GBS infections are late onset in the form of meningitis and sepsis. It can also present as septic arthritis (infection in the joints) and osteomyelitis (infection in the bone). 1 in 10 babies with GBS infection will die from the infection and 1 in 5 babies who survive their GBS infection will be affected permanently.
Up to half of survivors with GBS meningitis will suffer from physical disability, brain damage, mild to moderate learning disability, deafness, blindness and lung damage.
Although generally harmless to pregnant women it is recognised that GBS can cause preterm delivery, stillbirths and late miscarriages.
Preterm babies are known to be at particular risk of GBS infection as their immune systems are not as well developed as those of full-term babies.
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