I am 18 weeks pregnant in my first pregnancy and just been informed that I have Strep B present in my urine. I'm very worried-what are the risks of this damaging the development of my unborn baby?

Strep B is a bacterium that can be present in your urine, vagina or other parts of the body. In certain circumstances if it causes severe urinary infection, it could be associated with preterm labour. If it is present in your vagina, it can very rarely be a cause of infection of the baby as baby passes down the birth canal during labour. If however you are feeling well, and are treated with antibiotics, then this removes the risk to baby. Please note though: vaginal (as opposed to urinary) group B strep is not normally treated with antibiotics until labour.
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