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Group B Strep and Pregnancy

Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a bacterium that can cause serious infection in newborns and pregnant women. GBS is usually found in the digestive system and the vagina. In healthy adults, GBS does not cause problems, but in pregnant women and newborns it can cause serious illness. About one in four women carry GBS. Carrying GBS does not cause sickness. Becoming infected with GBS can cause urinary tract infections, infections of the uterus after delivery or infection of the amniotic fluid. If the infection is passed on to the infant during delivery it can cause pneumonia, septicemia or meningitis. That’s why pregnant women are routinely tested for Group B strep, usually between the 35th and 37th week of pregnancy. If the test is positive, the pregnant women will be given IV antibiotics during labor. If a UTI is present during pregnancy, antibiotics will be prescribed at that time. Group B strep testing is generally not done earlier in the pregnancy because the bacteria can come and go so it’s important to know right before delivery if the vaginal area is colonized. So that’s the story behind the testing for Group B strep!

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Tips For Getting The Sleep You Need During Pregnancy

Sometimes it’s hard to sleep when you’re pregnant. There are various reasons for sleep interruption, i.e., hormonal changes, frequent urination, emotional stress, more daytime sleeping, heartburn, leg cramps – the list goes on and on! We all know how important it is to sleep well so here are some tips to getting a good night’s sleep during your pregnancy:

  • Extra pillows:  You can buy pillows to support your back and your tummy. Some are wedge shaped, some are full body length. Try different pillows to see if this helps you be more comfortable in bed.
  • Nutrition: Sometimes a glass of warm milk can help induce sleep. Some people find that eating crackers or bread or other foods high in carbohydrates helps them sleep.
  • Relaxation techniques: A warm bath, yoga, stretching, deep breathing, or a massage may be helpful to you.
  • Exercise: Regular exercise will help you rest better at night, just don’t exercise within four hours of going to bed – this might keep you awake!

If your sleep disturbances are severe, talk to your prenatal care provider. Sometimes medications are prescribed to help with serious insomnia.

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