Group B strep anyone?

Merry - posted on 04/29/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I was positive with my first pregnancy and got antibiotics in an iv in my hand during labor.
This time we are planning a home birth so it isn't possible to get an iv, so my midwife always has her patients take probiotic pills because these good bacteria will kill off all the strep bacteria in the intestines.
So I took my pills every day and got tested at 37 weeks and I was negative!
I'm so glad it was negative, such a relief, now I just continue to take the pills so it doesn't have any time to grow back before the birth.
I guess most every woman has it at some point in her life, it's just a question if if you have it at the end of pregnancy when it could hurt your baby.

Who has been tested?
Positive or negative?
If positive, what's your dr/midwives standerd for how to prevent your baby from catching it?

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AMANDA - posted on 04/30/2011

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havent been tested for it yet normally my dr's do that at 36 weeks but they said if i go in labor before that happens they will just treat me with antibiotics to be on the safe side and just assume i woulda been positive.

Corrie - posted on 04/29/2011

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Oh darnit. I went and looked anyway....
But being in the UK here's the info foor any other mothers who wondered, like me, what it was and why we didn't get it!
25% of women are colonized with GBS in the vagina or rectum.[3] Since the bacteria can come and go, testing for GBS is recommended by US public health protocols at the 36 week antenatal appointment of every pregnancy. The vagina and rectum are swabbed and cultures grown in enriched culture media. In the UK, cultures are not routinely grown at 36 weeks, but rather women are treated according to their risk in labor - antibiotics are given to women whose membranes are ruptured more than 18 hours and those who have fever. In some countries, including the UK, suboptimal culture methods are used, which result in up to half of women carrying GBS when swabbed, and being given a false-negative test result. Treatment of GBS positive women with intravenous penicillin G or Ampicillin at the onset of labor and then again at every four hours reduces early neonatal infection,[4] but research has shown that treatment at least 2 hours prior to birth is also beneficial

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Chelsea - posted on 05/09/2011

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negative first time and this time, yeah :D will make things easier for my out of hospital birth

AMANDA - posted on 05/09/2011

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found out today i tested positive so ill be getting the iv antibiotics during labor as well...

Stephanie - posted on 05/03/2011

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Negative with my first but positive this time around. I'm just getting the iv and antibiotics when I go into labor.

Martha - posted on 05/01/2011

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i was positive with my first, hoping to be negative so i can labor at home for a while before going into the hospital..and even if im positive..i doubt i can hold out long enough to not get 4 hrs of penacillin..which is what they gave me last time....so open the iv..let the drip go faster right?! haha not going to lie..i felt "dirty" knowing i had it with aaron...i get swabbed today to find out if i have it this time...but like my doc said...its not your fault..:)

Merry - posted on 05/01/2011

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Corrie if you won't be able to get tested I'd get yourself a bottle of acidoplilus pills pronto and take two a day until delivering.......I wouldn't want to mess around with group b strep

Corrie - posted on 05/01/2011

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Is it even vageuly similar to a yeast infection? Like thrush? Because those things are obviously easily treated.... Surely it should be like taking Folic Acid in the first 12 weeks..... a highly reccomended (i think it should be compulsary) thing to do. Take acidopholus or whatever vitamins as standard.
Especially considering 45% of women get it and it can be fatal to newborns, and we don't even get checked here :S

Merry - posted on 05/01/2011

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My midwife also does the wash treatment if her ladies are positive, she has had no babies contract it so far....but she also says she rarely gets a positive woman because of all the probiotics.

Chelsea - posted on 05/01/2011

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I just got tested for it last week at my appointment so i should have the results be this thursday at my next appointment. At my center it is an optional test as well as the treatment you decide to take, you can choose the hospital for IV meds, You can do antibactirial wash once a week till your in labor then every 3 hours once labor starts or you can choose to do nothing and hope the baby doesnt have it. I have chosen to have it tested for and i guess the rest we will figure out if im positive, i was negative with kaelyn

Merry - posted on 05/01/2011

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Probiotic vitamins, mine were called acidophilus. My midwife says almost everyone who takes tthem ends up testing negative! Idk why drs don't care to try to prevent it, they just rather treat the problem then prevent it in the first place...

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It's standard procedure to test at 35 wks at my OB. My doctor told me it very common for woman to have it so they test everyone. I test neg. for my first and positive for my 2nd and 3rd. With my 2nd I received IV antibiotics a few hours before labor. With my 3rd he came much so fast I had no treatment. We stayed one day extra in the hospital to make sure he was not affected. He is just fine now. What kind of pills did you take? Probiotic vitamins? I've seen those and probiotic drinks.

Ianina - posted on 04/29/2011

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I got tested this week so I'll keep you posted. I think the standard procedure here is antibiotics before labor

Corrie - posted on 04/29/2011

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They don't do it here, i haven't really looked into it, i don't want to scare myself....

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