What happens in a future pregnancy

If you decide to have another baby after a previous baby was affected by group B Strep, the memories of your previous experiences and anxiety about your unborn baby can make it a challenging time.

Please remember that the chance of GBS affecting your baby is small. It is important that you tell your midwife, at booking, your complete obstetric history, including how group B Strep has impacted you and your family. It is important that group B Strep is flagged up from the outset so that you and your health professionals can ensure the potential risks presented by group B Strep are taken into account and, between you, ensure your care addresses and minimises them. It’s reassuring to know that we have heard of literally thousands of healthy babies born after an older sibling developed group B Strep infection.

National guidelines say that, if you’ve previous had a baby who developed GBS infection, you should be offered intravenous antibiotics in all future labours. They also say that, if you carried GBS in your last pregnancy and your baby was not infected, you should be offered the option of either intravenous antibiotics in labour or an ECM test for GBS late in pregnancy, with intravenous antibiotics offered if the test result is positive. Click here for a summary of the latest guidelines.

If you have any questions or concerns about your or your baby’s health during pregnancy, do speak with your midwife or obstetrician. They will be keen to address your concerns.

We can provide you with general information about group B Strep and what the latest national guidance is. We can lend a listening ear or put you in touch with other families who have had more children. We can’t, however, offer you medical advice – for that you need to see your health professional.