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Old 08-05-2011, 12:54 PM   #1
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Group B strep questions

Just want general info of your experiences if you've been positive.

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Old 08-05-2011, 11:12 PM   #2
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:17 PM   #3
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What exactly? I was postive for my 6th birth (positive very early on, but protocal is if you test positive at any point you get antibiotics)

I had 2 bags of antibiotics 4 hours apart prior to delivery. They like the last bag to be done 2 hours before, but it is not always possible.

My OB does not have a once positive, always positive rule, and I will test this time at 36 weeks. If i am negative i will not need antibiotics.

Untreated gBS at the time of delivery can cause blindness, meningitis or death in the newborn. But if positive at 36 weeks, you may be negative at 40. But not getting antibiotics could put baby at risk.
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:35 PM   #4
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Re: Group B strep questions

I tested positive did nothing and baby was fine
If you test negative before birth you can still be positive at birth
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:37 PM   #5
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Re: Group B strep questions

I test positive with my first birth at 36 weeks. I received 2 doses of abx, my dd still contracted gbs. She was very very sick with sepsis, and we endured a 12 day nicu stay.

I tested negative for my next 2 births, went ahead and did natural remedies to prevent an infection anyway. Did NOT receive abx for those births, and babies were fine.

In summary, it's nasty business and worth treating. Although I am a firm believer in the natural remedies over the abx. I treat with whole garlic cloves in the week leading up to delivery, and lot's of a probiotic called femdopholis starting around 35 weeks HTH
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:48 PM   #6
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DD1 negative
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I was induced. They did abx every 4 hours (did 5 total), left hospital after only 22 hours PP. We were perfectly healthy. My Dr. will not test again and just treat since the complications can be so serious if a false neg comes back.
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I was positive with DS2. I was still able to have a water birth. But I had him so fast that they were only able to get one bag of antibiotics in me so we stayed an extra day just to make sure he was okay (which he was)
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Old 08-06-2011, 12:20 AM   #8
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Re: Group B strep questions

DS - negative
DD - I had a UTI early in pregnancy that was caused by GBS so I was considered positive at birth, even though I tested at 37 weeks and was negative.

BUT I had very fast birth, no time for antibiotics (about 2.5 hours, start to finish). I was also in the water, which apparently reduces the risk for transmission. All was/is well...

I did stress a lot about this though. I kept my sugar intake waaaay down while prego, to reduce as much of the risk as possible. I took probiotics and even did a type of cleanse (guided by my naturopath and my midwives) to rid my body of the bacteria, since we pretty much knew there would be no time for antibiotics, even if I wanted them.
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Old 08-06-2011, 01:38 AM   #9
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I tested positive. DS1 I had lots of antibiotics before delivery. He was fine.

DS2- I didn't have antibiotics long enough before my dr broke my water. (Neglectful nurse's fault) About three hours after delivery, DS turned blue and was rushed to the NICU. He had a lung infection, most likely from GBS. He's healthy now at 1.5 years old (higher chance he'll develop asthma because of his treatments while sick), but that was the most heart-wrenching 16 days of my life. He was almost transferred to another hospital for a respirator. His first NICU nurse was so worried about him that she would call to check on him when she went home. I don't take GBS lightly now, and I will definitely be on top of things and micromanaging my l&d nurse when this baby comes.
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Old 08-06-2011, 02:47 AM   #10
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Thanks. That's mostly what I needed. Dd has tested positive and will need meds.

What are some natural things she can do now that will help? She's 39 w 2 days.
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