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How to handle infection during pregnancy?

Q: I am a 30 year old woman in the 7th month of pregnancy. Last week I tested positive for Streptococcus B bacteria. My question is what precautions do I need to take during and after my pregnancy, and will it be safe for me to breast feed my new born?

A:During pregnancy infection is predictive of during labour infection if diagnosed 6 weeks prior to labour. If you fall in this group then you should be actively treated to prevent early onset infection to the baby. So you need to be under surveillance for persistent infection 6 weeks prior to delivery. Streptococcus colonizes genitourinary tract. Needless to say, hygiene is of utmost importance. Breast feeding is not contraindicated.

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