the group b strep test thing

Jenny - posted on 02/16/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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i was just wondering, i am 37 weeks and have to get that groub b strep thing done in like two days, i was talking to someone around here one who said u don't have to do it because it can provoke labour... is that true? is there a good chance i could have my baby girl early cause alls he did was a vaginal swab?? lemme know please..

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it is nothing like a pap they stick the swab in maybe 2 cm in your vag. and anus i wouldnt even say in its more like the outside takes about 1 sec and could save a life .... ask your dr. to talk you through it !

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Group b step test will not induce your labor ... you should def have it they just swab the "outside " its not like they stick it all the way up there and group b wont effect you but if you have a vag. birth and you have your baby could be blind !!! if you went into labor the day before your test the would give you the IV antibotics just to be on the safe side

C. - posted on 12/07/2009

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I've never ever heard of that. I got mine done (thankfully it wasn't positive) and nothing happened, I know many moms that got theirs done and nothing happened. Maybe if the doctor was jabbing at your cervix it might, and if that's the case they shouldn't be an OB/GYN.



But you NEED to get it done. If you don't and you HAVE Group B Strep, that could be FATAL to your baby if you don't take that medicine!!!!!!!!

Crystal - posted on 12/07/2009

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No that is 100 percent not true. I was pregnant with twin girls I got the swab done and I was positive for group B strep. So during labor I had antibiotics everything was fine. What the doctor never told me was group B strep can cause late on set bacterial menijitis my baby girl Cara died at one month of age. Get the test done. That bacteria can kill your baby if you don't test for it and get antibiotics.

Jennifer - posted on 02/16/2009

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It shouldn't provoke labor by any means  just do your best to stay as stress free as possible read up on as much as you can and trust your body

Chantel - posted on 02/16/2009

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I had it done and it was fine. I was positive and I definetely think its important to have it done. I read up on what it can possibly do to the baby and it terrified me! It's definetely important!

Ashley - posted on 02/16/2009

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i am not sure if it's the same everywhere but i actually did the test myself. the dr just gave me what looked like a really long q-tip that you swab the opening of everything

and i did it myself at home then i brought the test to the lab myself as well. like i said i am not sure where you are if they do it that way or the dr does it and if dr's do it differently. mine came out neg so i never had the antibiotics but i was told that you get them during labour but again could be different. sorry this probably isnt too much help but i hope it put u at ease a little bit!....dont worry i was sooo scared to have it done and honestly it's nothing at all!..you will be ok!..

Jenny - posted on 02/16/2009

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ok, i knew why ihad to get it done i was just wondering if it could cause early labor, another question is it any different from like a pap test or they just swab the opening of everything... i know odd question, but i am a person who is more t ease when iknow whats gonna happen.. so if anyone could just tell me exactly what they do i know its a swab around the initial area but is that all,and the antibiotics i get during delivery? not before?

Jane - posted on 02/16/2009

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no thats rubbish. i had the strep b test done and its very important. if you dont have the test done and you have strep b your baby will be infected during labour. this is not good because if it isnt detected it can lead to respitory problems, pnemonia, meningitus or even death for the baby. i had strep b but my midwife failed to give me my result but luckily they caught it in time for my baby and he had to stay in hospital for 7 days and was treated with antibiotics. if you are found to have it they will put you on a course of antibiotics and will also flush another set through your system whilst in labour to ensure your little girl is safe. your midwife should give you a leaflet explaining all this. i hope this helps i really recommend you have it done its better to be safe than sorry. :-)

Lisset - posted on 02/16/2009

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I had the test done and it came out positive, I have never heard of it causing early labor. I think you definitely should take the test it's important.

Ally - posted on 02/16/2009

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Hi jenny,

I am a registered nurse and have never heard of the GBS test provoking labor although at this point you are already considered full term. The risks of GBS being passed to your newborn if you are positive is significant if you are not treated with antibiotics prior to delivery. It is very important to know your status and the benefits of this diagnostic test far outweigh the risks (of which i am not aware of any) of foregoing this procedure. best of luck.

Shannon - posted on 02/16/2009

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I really don't think that would happen, anything is possible, your plug may come out but technically full term is anywhere from 38 to 42 weeks

Chelsey - posted on 02/16/2009

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I woudn't think it wouldcause early labor. It didn't with me. And it was good that I was tested cuz I was positive. And if you are then you will be given some kind of anibiotic during labour.

Ashley - posted on 02/16/2009

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i personally have never heard of that but i cant say 100% that' it's not true. i had mine done prob around 37 wks and my son never came early. It is important to have it done though because if it comes out positive you have to have antibiotics during labour because it can give the baby bacterial meningitis. my son had bacterial meningitis in his brain (not cause by that as mine came out neg) but when he was in the hospital i was asked numerous times if it had come out positive because that would have been why he had it. if you have concerns i would bring it up with your dr and maybe he or she can put your mind at ease!.....i wouldnt worry too much about it though!....good luck with everything! and congrats!!....

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