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Old 05-14-2010, 07:10 AM   #11
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Re: GBS+ what can I do?

No one has asked me to come in early or anything for the antibiotics

My OB just said "you've tested GBS+, so if you test positive again closer to term we'll just give you antibiotics during labor and you'll be fine." The hospital, as a general rule, asks women to immediately report if their water has broken, and not to wait longer than 18 hours to come to the hospital if labor doesn't begin. The stated reason is increased risk of infection, but they didn't specify infection due to GBS, just general infection.

I'll have to ask some more questions next week when I go in.

I'm on antibiotics now for a UTI that popped up in the middle of the night 2 days ago. But, from everything I've read, taking antibiotics before going into labor specifically for GBS is a waste of time because it's very likely to just come right back, so you're just taking extra antibiotics for no reason.

I'm a yogurt eater too, but I do tend to develop yeast infections when I've been on antibiotics, so I think it's worth taking the extra probiotics just as a preventative measure. Besides that, there's evidence now that probiotics in the weeks leading up to birth could reduce the risks of a baby developing food allergies and eczema (not that I expect any of these--no one in my family has either).


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Old 05-14-2010, 08:27 AM   #12
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Re: GBS+ what can I do?

I never get yeast infections, but I got bad thrush and had to battle it for months after the hospital antibiotics. It sucked! I almost gave up breast feeding several times due to pain! If I were you would get really strong probiotics and start taking them right after birth and 2-3 times a day for 2 weeks. Then maybe back off to once a day. They are so good for us all anyhow. You can get them anywhere, but my experience is that the refrigerated ones at healthfood stores are stronger. Especially the liquid Bio K ones. I would take a few of those in the couple days right after delivery and then go to the pills. Good luck!
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:51 PM   #13
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The antibiotics they give you during labor, though, aren't for you - they're for the baby to fight the GBS if he should happen to contract it in birth.
For the mom, GBS is nothing major, just something that some people carry and some people don't. Yup, it can change from negative to positive and back, so the antibiotics may clear it up and then it could come back the day after delivery. But again, the antibiotics aren't for the GBS in the mom, they're a preventative measure for the baby.
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Old 05-14-2010, 01:28 PM   #14
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I was positive with my first and even with antibiotics he came out with a fever and positive so we stayed in the hospital and they ran antibiotics through him for a week. We never had thrush issues or any other issues. My three following have all been treated since my first picked it up in birth and none have ever had thrush. I've never done anything before hand to prepare either. It's a one time dose of antibiotics and I don't think the baby gets enough for it to be a problem.
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