36 to 40 weeks
Finally, you have made it to the last month. Your visits are now every week. We perform a GBBS (group B strep) culture between 35-36 weeks). We will tell you your results at the next appoint but be sure to ask.
Group B Strep
Group B streptococcus is a bacteria that is found in 20-30% of women. Women are usually asymptomatic and the problem may arise for the baby. Group B strep can potentially cause serious infections in a newborn. Because of this risk, we will obtain a sample with a Q-tip from the vaginal and anal areas. Mothers who culture positive for Group B strep will be given antibiotics in labor to try and protect the baby. This is not a fail-proof and some women will culture negative and their baby may still get an infection, but it does cut down on the number of overall infected babies significantly.