UK health practitioners say more expectant mothers to get antibiotics.




New guidelines by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists  say that all pregnant ladies who go into labour too soon should be given antibiotics to protect their baby from a potentially deadly infection called Group B Strep (GBS).

Hundreds of newborn babies a year in the UK catch it. With prompt treatment, most can make a full recovery.

RCOG says any woman who goes into labour before 37 weeks should be offered antibiotics as a precaution, even if her waters have not broken and the protective amniotic sac surrounding the baby in the womb is still intact.

Group B Strep bacteria can live harmlessly in the lower vaginal tract – about one in four women has it – and it can be passed on to the baby during delivery.