Ep 260: Pregnancy & GBS (Group B Strep) - Updated!

36m | May 28, 2024

Group B strep, or GBS, is a relatively common bacterial infection found in the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts. Most people can be carriers and not have any symptoms. However, GBS can present problems for newborns and during pregnancy.

I’m doing this episode because some changes have been made since I first covered this topic back in 2019. In 2022 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) updated guidelines for testing and treating GBS. Staying informed and up-to-date is the best way to keep yourself and your baby safe.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What group B strep–GBS–is and why it matters
  • How common it is and what the chances are that you may be a carrier
  • Which risk factors increase the likelihood of GBS colonization
  • How it can affect pregnancy and newborns
  • What methods are used to screen for and treat GBS
  • What the long-term implications can be
  • Whether probiotics have been proven to be effective


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