strep B

Amy - posted on 12/29/2010 ( 201 moms have responded )

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My sister and I are due within two weeks of each other. She called today and said they did a test and she had a urinary tract infection and traces of strep B. Anyone know what she can do about this? How can she get rid of it in herself. My appointment is in a week and I'm wondering if it's something I should be worried about, too. Do you just go through pregnancy with strep b the whole time, or is there a natural way to clear it up? [ all I know is that it's an infection of some kind.]

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Lise - posted on 12/29/2010

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They told me they don't treat earlier because baby is only affected during delivery. Mom is not affected at all. It's just a bacteria that some women carry. If they treat early the bactria can come back and be resistant to the antibiotics. No need to worry, and I agree with the earlier post that told you not to loook it up online, that will just drive you nuts. Too much fear mongreing online about everything that can go wrong ( and 99% of the time doesn't).They also probably found the bacteria while doing the other test and just told her now. Just relax and enjoy your pregnancies.

Lora - posted on 01/03/2011

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Ok, having gone through this several times myself, I have to chime in and set a few things straight. I am also a med assistant and my husband is a nurse, we find out alot of info because we ask alot of question! While the Strep B that ur sister has is the same kind of bacteria that all women are tested for in late pregnancy, it is not the same situation and she is not being treated for the same reasons. Urine samples are taken at every prenatal visit, but are generally only tested for glucose levels. The urine will only be checked further if you complain of pain, burning, or other UTI symptoms, and sometimes if the nurse realizes a discoloration or odd smell to the urine. Your sister has a UTI, and the bacteria that is causing this particular UTI just happens to be Strep. I say the following not to scare either of you, but just as a "worst case scenerio" type of warning: UTIs can be very dangerous in pregnancy! Therefore, your must take her antibiotics EXACTLY how they are perscribed and have her urine retested until the infection has completely cleared! This is why she was tested so early. Her medicine will more than likely clear the whole infection and she will go on to have a healthy pregnancy. THEN, at around 34 weeks, she will be swabbed for the vaginal form of Group B Strep, which she may or may not have because the kind she has right now has nothing to do with her possibilities of contracting in her vagina. If she does test positive for vaginal strep, she will be given an IV of antibiotics at the time of delivery (unless she had a c-section). I really hopes this helps. I seriously am not trying to be a smarty....just know what a scary time this can be, and think that it helps to be well-informed! Congrats to you both! =)

Iridescent - posted on 01/03/2011

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There is a lot of misinformation on this thread.

1 - Group B Strep is not a virus. It is bacteria. Which is why antibiotics are prescribed when it is present during labor.

2 - Group B Strep is not an infection you "always" have. It's like any other bacterial infection, it can come and it can be treated and be gone. The problem is that it is very easy to reinfect when you expose yourself again to become infected again.

3 - Group B Strep is not always an innocent infection - stating that it is "safe" is the same as saying MRSA is safe. Many people carry MRSA and never have a problem, but I'm certain just seeing the letters typed here caused some fear! It's another bacteria that is carried on the skin and most people never have a problem as a result. But as soon as your immune system is low, it starts to overtake your body and the balance is destroyed, making you very ill. The same is true for Group B Strep, and the concern is because your baby's immune system is not going to be able to defend against it despite known exposure for mothers testing positive to it, meaning antibiotics are necessary for the mother to treat the infection and clear the path for the baby.

Laura - posted on 12/30/2010

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Strep B (yeast infection) is quite common--many women are natural carriers or this bacteria and never show any symptoms. What has been mentioned so far is common treatments at time of delivery so that the infant won't be infected. Yours and your sister's immune system will generally keep the bacteria in check until then if you are both healthy.

That said, there are some natural things you can try on your own to help control the bacteria for the Strep B and UTI: Eat yogurt or kefir AND drink a glass of pure, unsweetened cranberry juice each day! The yogurt and kefir is a way of fighting fire with fire--the "good" bacteria of these foods can crowd out the "bad" bacteria, leading to it's demise. The cranberry juice can help kill and control the bacteria of the UT. The advantage to these foods is that A) they're food and B) they provide excellent nutrition in the diet as well. Hope this helps and congratulations!

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Jessica - posted on 02/12/2011

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I know I was tested for it around 35 weeks for both of my pregnancies... they test every pregnant woman around that time because if you have it, you can cause problems during labor and can pass it on to your child. They test for it so if you do have it, they can give you antibiotics during labor (as well as before, I believe) to avoid these complications.

Joanne - posted on 01/20/2011

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Hi Amy a few people have mentioned c-sections. I had a c-section and still had to have to anti-biotics as did Jessica (as mentioned in my earlier post) she was coming very fast so there wasn't time to have both doses by IV that I needed to protect my baby.
Have you had any tests yourself yet? Hopefully you'll be given the all clear :)

Betty - posted on 01/17/2011

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Hi Amy. I tested positive for Strep B two out of three pregnancies. My OB said that it isn't unusual for this to be positive. In my case, they just administered IV antibiotics during delivery to protect the baby. We didn't have any problems with it. Strangely enough, I tested negative for the same during my 3rd pregnancy! Go figure! One thing for sure, don't stress yourself out about it. It this is your first, stressing out is part of the trip, but take a deep breath and know this can be handled safely! Good luck and speedy delivery!

Cora - posted on 01/17/2011

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HI - i had strep b, the hospital told me that it is just something that many people have and it cannot be cleared up, it is just something that needs to be taken into consideration, usually they give antibiotics during labour - as long as the hospital know for now and future pregnancies it wont be a problem xx

Amanda - posted on 01/16/2011

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I had strep b too, the dr explained it as though it was a normality in pregnant women. He said that when my water broke, I had to get to the hospital as soon as possible (not frantically like my husband thought... Lol) because I had to be put on an antibiotic to keep it from harming the baby! Since I'm allergic to pennecillian, I had to be put on clyndamyacin, a strain of Penn., to which I still got the hives from. They said it wasn't harmful to me for having it just during childbirth it could be harmful to baby if no antibiotics are given! Good luck to both of you and ur little ones!

Mary - posted on 01/16/2011

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Amy, there is absolutely nothing you can do about it right now...the doctors will give you an antibiotic through your IV when you go into labor so it is not passed to the baby during the vaginal delivery. Vaginal delivery is the only way it can be passed to your newborn baby; that is why they treat you with antibiotics during your labor. Good Luck to you and your sister!!

Jenn - posted on 01/16/2011

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I had the same thing.Yes you should tell your doctor about.Her doctor should have given her a prescription for it.

Anne Catherine - posted on 01/16/2011

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I had an emergency C-section with my first and was found to have Strep-B after the birth. Although swabbed, baby was fine but given antibiotics as a precaution. My second son was a normal birth and I had the antibiotic drip during labour. I still developed a womb infection but didn't get quite so many infections as I had after my first x

Keirran - posted on 01/16/2011

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they say that a c section is not recommended to prevent the baby being infected because it doesn't get rid of the whole risk, seems like it would but apparantly not :S

Erin - posted on 01/15/2011

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if you have it they give meds to you when you go in and have the baby or they may have to do a c section depends on how bad it is

Nancy - posted on 01/14/2011

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Strep B is an infection that you can have at anytime. It is part of some womens natural flora. It does not do anything to the mother. When you go into labor you should be recieving antibiotics to prevent the strep b from infecting your baby as it is born through the birth canal. It is very important you get a minimum of 2 doses of antibiotics before delivery of the baby.

Keirran - posted on 01/14/2011

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Me and a few of my friends had the same thing, it really doesnt matter it just means theyll give you antibiotics during labour to make sure it doesnt pass onto the baby (it doesnt effect you at all) i dont think you can really clear it up at all it just comes and goes in different people... one in 4 people get it at some point so you really dont need to worry about it as long as they give you the antibiotics in your labour although even if they dont there is only a chance it will get passed on and even then there is only a small chance it will have any effect on the baby (but if it does they are very severe) its not an sti either so dont feel dirty its very very common and not something that can be passed through sex

Mindy - posted on 01/14/2011

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I had a nephew die from getting strep B at birth his Mom had tested negative on the test. my other sis in law (who was prego at the same time) her Dr said it was a good idea for anyone in her family to have the IV antibotics too. I don't know if he just wanted her to feel more comfotable or what his reasoning was but you might want to consider that too. I wasn't even blood realated but it was such an awful and sad experience I opted to have the antibiotics also. With the antibiotics the baby will be perfectly fine though! My sis in law had 2 more babies after that and they are great!

Alisha - posted on 01/13/2011

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they will give her an antibiotic through her IV at the time of delivery, its no biggie. all people naturally have strep in their bodies.

Anne Catherine - posted on 01/13/2011

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I had Strep B with both my sons. It wasn't discovered until I'd had my first son and they had to swab him and give him an antibiotic shot. Strep B is a natural bacteria which we all have, usually in our stomach. One in five ladies has it lower down in their reproductive system, no-one knows why but it's not an STD. It can be life threatening to mother and baby. With my second child, they were more clued up and put me on an antibiotic drip during labour. Strep B makes you prone to water and womb infections and comes and goes. After the birth, if your sister gets a foul smelling loss, it could be a womb infection - get it checked. This was one of the biggest causes of maternal mortality until 40 years ago. I was poorly after both sons with womb/water infections but was treated quickly and am fine and so are they. Good thinking to post your concerns on here. It cost the NHS about £40 to do a test for Strep B and many mums believe it should be routinely done to save lives. May be worth you having a test privately. Good luck to you both x

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2011

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You just take antibiotics before you deliver so its not passed to the baby. I tested positive, and just got pumped full of antibiotics while in labor thru my IV and that was it. No complications and didnt even know I had it. Good luck :)

Billie - posted on 01/12/2011

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I tested group b strep positive in my pregnancy and they had me go through the whole pregnancy with it and then gave me 2 rounds of antibiotics while I was in labor so that my daughter wouldn't contract it on her way out. Group B Strep is not harmful to us and it's a normal thing we deal with. The way my midwife explained it to me is, we carry it outside of our bodies on our skin and on occasion it can make it's way inside of our bodies but it's not harmful, but to a newborn it can be fatal considering they don't have a strong immune system. I tested neg during my first pregnancy but positive during my 2nd pregnancy. She said if I were to have a 3rd that I could end up neg again. It's nothing to worry about, you just have to make sure you get to the hospital in time for the antibiotics when you go into labor. As soon as you get there they give you the first dose and then 4hrs from the time they started the first dose they'll give the second dose. By the time I was done with my 2nd, they broke my water and my daughter was born with the following contraction, LOL, 3 pushes during 1 contraction and my miracle had arrived.

Darnicek - posted on 01/12/2011

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If you deliver while you have this..it could harm the baby.the only thing I know naturally would be collodial silver but make sure you get tested as well

Sharon - posted on 01/12/2011

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Strep B is something for which every pregnant woman should be tested just prior to giving birth. It is present in the uterus but an infection can cause problems for the baby at/right after birth. When I had my daughter, over 21 years ago, I had never heard of it until she was born. Your sister's doctor should be able to prescribe an antibiotic she can take to clear up the infection before the child is born. I don't want you to be too concern, so please ask your doctor(s) what the effects of strep B can mean for your child - just know that it is very important to make sure it is cleared up before the baby is born. I tried looking it up on medical sources online recently (we didn't have the internet back then) and there still isn't much information about strep B. Just know that every woman should be tested prior to giving birth. BTW, My daughter is a healthy happy young woman. Wishing you, and your sister, wonderful, healthy children!

Christine - posted on 01/12/2011

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I had it with 2 of my pregnancies. My doctor said you couldn't cure it yourself and that it isn't harmful to you, but can be harmful to new-borns on their way through birth canal. I just remember doctor saying that you have to get to the hospital and on an antibiotic drip as soon as your water breaks. That was 13 and 11 years ago and me and my kids were fine!

Karen Newmiller - posted on 01/12/2011

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I had it when I was pregnant with my twins. There is nothing you can do before hand. What they did is they made sure that I was given and Antibiotic at least 4 hours before I delivered them. From what I understand, we all are carriers and it just shows up in some of us.

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2011

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They give you antibiotics during the delivery if you test positive for strep B. That's all they can do for it when you are so close to delivery. Strep B comes and goes throughout your life so they have to test for it relatively close to your due date because it's possible that if you don't have it earlier on you WILL have it during delivery. There's also no way to know for certain that you DO have it during the delivery, but to be on the safe side they will give you the IV antibiotics.

CJ - posted on 01/12/2011

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Everyone is tested for strep b a couple weeks before you are due. I also teste positive for traces of strep b. It's aparently harmless tou an adult, but it can infect the baby during birth if your doctors don't know you have it. They give you an antibiotic during birth to prevent it from passing to the baby. She just has to make sure that they know she has it when in delivery and everything will be fine. As for the UTI, cranberry juice helps flush out bacteria, she should try drinking at least a cup a day. If that doesn't help, she should talk to her doctor about it.

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2011

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I had Strep B. Doctors test for it regularly during your pregnancy. When I went to the hospital to deliver my son they gave me Antibotics in an IV for it. Make sure you do remind them before you give birth. It is very important that it is treated at the right time. You can pass it to the baby at delivery. Check out this site.
http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnan...

Catherine - posted on 01/12/2011

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Don't worry about it. I had it second time I was pregnant but not first time. Just be grateful they check for it and can treat it in labour. not all hospitals do. I suggest you get checked too, not because your sister has it, but for your baby. But normally it is checked for around 35-37 weeks.

Jaimie - posted on 01/12/2011

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I had Group B strep with my daughter and I also have it in this pregnancy. My Dr explained to me that everybody has natural bacteria in their intestines. It is just in some women that this bacteria decides to present itself in the vagina too. It is not harmful to the mother or to the baby while it is in the womb. They will just hook her up to an IV with antibiotics before or soon after her water breaks to prevent the baby from getting an infection. If it is too late to give her the antibiotics then they will just watch the baby for a day or two to make sure that he or she hasnt caught the infection which can cause pnemonia. With my daughter they gave me the IV late in my delivery because I waited so long to go to the hospital when I was in labor and my baby was perfectly healthy. Its not something to be worried too much about. It is actually quite common in pregnant women. That's why they test everyone for it! lol

Regina - posted on 01/12/2011

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I also tested positive for my first pregnancy for strep B and the process is to give you some type of medication through your IV once you are addmitted into hospital for labor. They actually have to give you 2 doses but 4 hours apart from each other. This prevents the baby from getting it as they pass through the birth canal. They actually didn't have time before she was born to finish giving me the 2nd dose so she had to stay in the hospital a little longer until they could ensure there was no sign of infection in her, I think that was through watching that her blood cell counts (or something) didn't double. My daughter ended up not getting the infection after all. I am in the middle of my second pregnancy now and I told my Dr I tested positive for my first and he said I still have to have the test again because you can have it for some pregnancies but not others. Nothing to worry about! Good luck and congrats!

Tanja - posted on 01/12/2011

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Yep, I had them as well. My gyn told me that, if they don't give antibiotics just before delivery, there is a 1/1000 chance that the baby is infected, so even then there's little chance that you're that one.

Jackii - posted on 01/12/2011

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Hi Amy,
I got strep b with my third child.No theres nothing you can do to prevent it.but if u get strep be as soon as u go into labour they put u on a drip with antibiotics and u have 2 spend atleast 2 days in hospital so they can keep eye on baby.

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With your junk leakin' the way it does when you are pregnant, how on Earth can anyone expect to keep all the bacterias at bay?!? Heck, for a while I couldn't even SEE my woman parts.. The Strep is very common, and if you test positive, to keep your baby clear of any infection from it, they give you IV antibiotics right before delivery. No worries.

Amy - posted on 01/11/2011

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I wouldn't muck around with the strep, listen to the doctors advice, which take the antibiotics. I didn't hold my son properly for four days because he had contracted the strep. Its not the best way to start motherhood, very worrying. Luckly we were home after 11 days and he is perfect now. But had they tested me and gave me the penicillin during labour we would of had no problems and would of had no need for the ICU.
All the best :)

Tammie - posted on 01/11/2011

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My daughter had strep B while in labor they gave antibiotics.She and my grandson are healthy.

Bethany - posted on 01/11/2011

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Just like everyone has said they'll administer an IV drip of penicilin during delivery. I had it with my first, but tested negative for it with my second.

Sabrina - posted on 01/11/2011

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There is no way to get rid of it, I had it with my first baby, and not with the others. It lives in all of us, it just comes out during pregnancy in some women. I googled the crap out of it when they told me I had it, and you just need to make sure you get the treatment during delivery so the baby doesn't get sick. I would say google it to get more info. Good luck!!

Kisa - posted on 01/11/2011

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Yes look at the site Amy put on here. I had strep B with my first and got 24hr of abx and wish I had researched more and done the natural remedies. With my second I took herbs and douches (just on the outside) and cleared it myself and tested neg. You just have to keep it up until birth to keep the infection away. Interestingly babies who do contract strep B even with antibiotics given to the mom have a much worse case as the bacteria is mutating and becoming drug resistant. So, personally to me it would be best to try the natural remedies and not worrry about it. If your baby contracts it during delivery and you have NOT had the abx the baby tends to have a milder case. Yes this infection is very severe and does claim lives but the percentages are so low. My son is now resistant to many abx and I believe it started during labor due to how many doses of penicillin he had. Just my 2 sense. I lean towards the natural birth side.

Marsha - posted on 01/11/2011

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I too was GBS + at 35/36 weeks when tested. I had to have an IV during labor and my midwife assured me that since I was already on an antibiotic during labor she could give me at least 36 hours after "water" breakage to deliver. My hospital has a pretty strict "delivery within 24 hours of breakage" rule. My sister was not gbs + in any of her 3 pregancies, so you may or may not be. Good luck...it's nice getting to share it with your sister. My sister has shared each of her 3 with a family member...first cousin on my dad's side with her first, me with her second, and first cousin on our mom's side iwth her 3rd.

Amy - posted on 01/11/2011

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Strep B is naturally found in woman and is harmless. However, for newborn babies it can be fatal. I had strep B and the hospital i delivered at was one of the few that don't test, most other hospital mandatory testing from around 35 weeks. My little one had to be in newborn care for a week, it was very stressful. Lots of woman have strep B and it is treated by giving the mother antibiotics via a drip during labour. So your sister and her baby will be fine because it has already been detected and therefore will be treated :)

Krisanne - posted on 01/11/2011

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You can't do anything about Group B Strep. Once you are in labour you need to make sure that they can get at least one dose of antibiotics in before delivering by iv. My 1st birth my water broke and was hooked up to iv and they were able to get 2 doses in before she was born. My 2nd my water broke and they were only able to get almost 1 dose in so my boys needed to be hooked up to antibiotics by iv for 48 hrs. I was glad for strep since a few people before me went into labour and were sent home because they were not too far along and did not have group B strep, where i was able to get into a room right away. I was worried the first time I heard about strep B too but it is quite common don't stress, if the doctors know before hand all is well.

Tammy - posted on 01/11/2011

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Ok its actually called GROUP B STEP, it is not an infection and not viral like strp throat, it's just a bacteria that lives in your intestines( you can get it from foods you eat, meats..) and can get into your vagina. It is no harm to your sister ONLY to the baby during a vaginal delivery or if your water breaks prior to a c-section. They treat the baby with IV antibiotics through the mommy when labor begins. It really is not a lot to worry about unless the Dr's don't catch it and treat with antibiotics.

Marianne - posted on 01/11/2011

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I dont know about the strep B but UTI's are very common with women, I just got over a really bad one! Cranberry juice is a MUST, but because mine was real bad I had to also take antibiotics. It is not safe to keep an infection during pregnancy as far as I know. Have her check into it further. But get her to drink a tone of water and cranberry juice and that will help if not get rid of it if its not too bad.

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She can drink cranberry juice which is safe for the baby & it will help clear up a urinary tract infection. However Strep B has to be cleared with penicillin.
I was strep B with my first child & they hook you up to an IV for 1 hr. until the drug is in your body. With the second child I did not have Strep B. Strep B is dangerous for the baby but not the mother. As long as you have penicillin it is not a big deal. Good Luck.

Anne - posted on 01/11/2011

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Group B strep is not really an infection it is simply a type of bacteria that may be part of your normal skin "flora" (the normal mix of bacteria you have on your skin) it is not an STD or cause any problems normally except that if it is present in the mix of bacteria you have around your vagina and anus at the time of delivery it can be transferred to the baby during a vaginal delivery and unfortunately can cause a dangerous infection in a vulnerable newborn. If you test positive for the bacteria you will be given some antibiotics (by IV) at the time of delivery that will protect the baby from getting an infection. Also, knowing if you are positive for the bacteria allows your pediatrician to pay a little closer attention to your newborn baby's health if needed.

Melody - posted on 01/11/2011

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i tested postive for group b strep only with my 3rd pregnancy and i have speedy speedy labours, so i was concerned about getting adequate iv antibiotics before i gave birth and my doctor reassured me that he has delivered many babies to women who tested postive to group b strep(without antibiotics) and the babies are fine, im thinking that if they kno u have it and you deliver, the baby will be fine with proper attention and possibly antibiotics, (obviously if needed), but otherwise you are good if they kno and they get you hooked up for iv antibiotics as you are in labour
as for me, they got in the two rounds of antibiotics just about 10 minutes before i had my speedy deilvery(thank goodness) so dont despair these things happen and its not too concerning otherwise the doctors would be more concerned! obviously i went online and scared myelf by what can happen if a baby is born to a mother who tested pos.for group b strep without antibiaotics and the outcomes sounded horrible but i was reassured by my doctor that i would be fine:) good luck and take care

Christy - posted on 01/11/2011

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Amy,

I had Strep B during my pregnancy also. It should be a test your dr gives you. You cannot clear it up, is the way I understand it. It does not seem to be something to be alarmed about it just means when the baby is born they will treat the baby with antibiotics, so the baby does not have complication from it. I made sure to tell everyone (my husband and mom), so they could tell the Dr if I could not. Hope that helps I would ask your dr for more info or for the the test. I am not sure it is required.
Hope that helps

User - posted on 01/11/2011

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I have a neighbor down the street who had strep B for both her pregnancies. For her first she didn't know she had it and her daughter got an infection in her ankle causing here baby to have surgery early on. But now her daughter is fine. And for her second pregnancy everything was fine because the dr's new she had it and could treat her accordingly.

Kristin - posted on 01/11/2011

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They aren't supposed to test for strep B until about 37 weeeks. You could have it one test and not in another its a bacteria infection that a womens body can fight off by itself but a baby cant. So no matter what if they do a couple test with in and one comes back possitive they have to give you an antibiotic when you are in the hospital in labor. UTIs can come and go and they should have given your sister a antibiotic for that before she left her appointment. I had both UTI and strep B come back and the UTI they gave me a perscription for and the strep B they hooked into the iv before I had my son. Its nothing to worry about.

Noelle - posted on 01/11/2011

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Totally agree - no need to look it up online and "scare yourself" it is an infection that I was told effects the eyes of the baby at birth if born naturally. I have 4 kids (17, 15, 13 and 7) and at delivery time I tested positive for 3 of the 4 for Strep B. An IV of antibiotics and antibiotic cream on the eyes of the baby at birth was all that was needed. It is just something you want to take care of for your baby. Simple to treat - good thing for the Dr. to be prepared for. Good luck to both you and your sister.

Yvonne - posted on 01/11/2011

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It is confirmed by medical professionals that you can test positive for Strep B, meaning you're a carrier, but will never develop any serious complication from it; it only causes meningitis in newborns & is a strain of streptococcus carried in the vagina...therefore it is only of immediate or relevant concern if you're planning on having more children. It is notable that you should be using condoms or it can be transmitted to a partner or spouse.

Yvonne - posted on 01/11/2011

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It's unfortunate, like so many others, that not much expanded information is given to pregnant women on Strep B treatment. It is a strain of streptococcus...it's considered serious because it's passed to the newborn via the birthcanal & can develop into infant meningitis (this is what I was told years ago when I tested positive for Group B Strep during my last pregnancy). I was told that I would have to have a cesarean delivery of my 3rd child, though I'd wanted to do natural (2 previous c-sections). They said the risk of transmission through the birth canal & infection in the newborn was not an option. I was forced to have a pre-scheduled c-section. I was not given information or offered the choice of IV antibiotics during delivery (1998). My youngest was taken at 37 wks gestation. I asked where I'd gotten the Strep B from, as I'd had other children delivered in 1993 & 1995; there was no test given or indication of concern then. There are some health professionals who recommend strep B be listed as an "STD" as it's contracted through sexual contact (body fluids). I had a deviant husband who frequently deserted his family, committed innumerable infidelities & later was so sexually addicted it corrupted home & lifestyle. It is my theory that he GAVE me step B.

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