I took leave to go to the clinic to collect my prescription and test result from the nurse today. She didn’t say much, and I kind of didn’t have much to ask as I have also done my own reading on GBS after I received the phone call. Only thing she told me was to attach the result to the admission letter and bring it on the next visit (yeah, I forgot to bring the admission letter :P) so that Doctor could add some remarks to it. At the pharmacy, I was given a weeks’ worth of Penicillin tablets (costs only RM8.40)… to be taken 2 each time, 4 times a day.

Some quick information about GBS (extracted from BabyCenter):

  • Normally screened at 35 to 37 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Usually harmless in adults, but could cause sepsis (an infection in the blood), pneumonia, and meningitis in newborns if the bacteria is passed to the baby during labor / birth.
  • If you were GBS positive and didn’t get treatment, your baby would have only about a 1 or 2 in 200 chance of becoming infected.
  • If you are treated with antibiotics during labor, you reduce your baby’s chance of getting the infection even further — to about one in 4,000.
  • If you are GBS positive, you’ll need to have IV antibiotics as soon as your labor starts or your water breaks, whichever comes first. Ideally, you’ll want to get started on the antibiotics at least four hours before you give birth.

Until my next visit, I guess I’ll just have to hope that this course of antibiotics will help clear the bacteria (although I read that oral antibiotics taken during pregnancy has not been found to prevent infection in newborns).