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Pregnancy & Group B Streptococcus (GBS)

Written by: Joy Allan, Registered Midwife

Group B Streptococcus, or GBS, is one of the many different types of bacteria that normally lives in our bodies. This common gut bacteria lives in our bodies without us even knowing, there are no signs or symptoms that we even have it. Since it is a common gut bacteria and our vagina is so close to our rectum, if it is in our gut, it is often in our vagina as well. The thing is, if we are NOT pregnant, we don’t worry about it. It is a transient bacteria that comes and goes. It has a lifespan of about 5 weeks so your body will often balance itself and the bacteria dies without us having to treat it.

GBS In Pregnancy