What is group B streptococcus (not to be confused w/group A strep aka strep throat)? Group B streptococcus (group B strep) is a bacterium that causes life-threatening infections in newborn infants. Group B strep can also cause serious diseases in pregnant women, the elderly, and adults with other illnesses. The letter "B" refers to a classification of bacteria in the genus Streptococcus according to the makeup of the organism's cell wall.
What complications can result from group B strep infection? Group B strep infection is fatal in about 30% of infected men and non-pregnant women and about 5% to 15% of infected newborns. Babies who survive can be left with speech, hearing, and vision problems as well as mental retardation. Gbs is the most common cause of sepsis (blood infection) and meningitis (infection of the fluid and lining surrounding the bran) in newborns. GBS is a frequent cause of newborn pneumonia and is common that other, better known, newborn problems such as rubella, congentitial syphilis, hearing & vision loss, mental retardation and spina bifida. In pregnant women, GBS can cause bladder infections, womb infections, and stillbirth.
How is GBS diesese diagnosed and treated? GBS disease is diagnosed when the bacterium is grown from cultures of sterile body fluids, such as blood or spinal fluid. Cultures take a few days to complete. GBS infections in both newborns and adults are usually treated with antibiotics (e.g., penicillin or ampicillin) given through a vein.
I know that as "COMMON" as it is as my doctor put it, it is still scary and makes me nervous. I have been having a really hard time dealing with this as trivial it may seem to all of you who have given birth numerous times and probably think im over reacting and being dramatic, but to me its the unknown all the possibilities and chances. I know its not healthy to worry and be scared about it, thats why ive had to put all my trust in the lord to strengthen me and to have faith that everything will work out as it is meant to. I appreciate all of my family who has put up with me and me being pregnant. I KNOW it hasnt been easy for you guys to listen to all my complaining about being sick all the time. I am so grateful for my wonderful husband who despite my pregnant cranky self loves me and continues to show me daily how much i mean to him. He has been a life saver these past 9 months, he has taken on a lot and i know he'll never know how much it means to me. All the litrle things he does for me on those really hard days like the dishes, laundry, picking up around the house and grocery shopping. Not to mention the numerous times ive woken up to flowers next to the bed or my favorite treat waiting for me when im feeling better. I am so lucky to have found my eternal companion and such a hard working, loving man who strives to be a better person and continues to suprise and amaze me. He is going to be the best dad to our little boy and future children. I know he's nervous and so am i but together and with the help of the lord we are going to be just fine! I love you Jeremy Jay Roussel!!
ps only 17 more days!! we cant wait to meet you baby roussel!!