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Group B strep is a normal bacteria that is living in one in five women's vaginas. Usually there are no symptoms. The baby can become infected when giving birth which can be serious but is rare. There is a higher risk of the baby being infected if it is premature, the membranes have been ruptured for more than 18 hours before birth, multiple vagina exams during labour, interventions like forceps, mother with fever during labor or babies who need recuscitation at birth. It seems common in hospitals to give mothers who have strep b antibiotics during labour. I had group b strep last time I was pregnant and was given antibiotics in labour - my water had been broken for 24 hours by the time I gave birth. There are herbs you can start taking near the end of your pregnancy to support your immune system and possibly eliminate the strep b by the time you deliver. I find that The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm has alot of helpful information in it.
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