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Old 01-05-2013, 01:08 AM   #91
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Has anyone declined the iv administered antibiotics for Group B strep and regretted that decision?
Nope. Declined and just had to stay in the hospital for a few more days to watch baby. Not too shabby. But I have excellent medical. I could see if you didn't then you wouldn't want the extra bill.

ETA: just read through the whole thread and didn't realize it had become a huge debate. I tested negative for my first three pregnancies and positive with my fourth pregnancy. Testing for my fifth in a few weeks. I hated having to make the decision, but after much discussion with my midwife, who didn't push me to do the antibiotics, I decided I would just take the extra days in the hospital. Baby roomed with me the entire time and only had one additional test during that whole time to make sure he was fine. Didn't know about hepiclense; will look into it this time if I test positive. I usually have quick births and water never breaks until they break it.

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Thanks to this thread, I talked to my midwife about it. I was positive with the last pregnancy. She casually responded, "Oh, thats no big deal, we will give you a probiotic to help you be negative this time around." Ive been taking it since 24 weeks and am so upset I didnt know about this last time! Who knew something as simple as a probiotic could help prevent me (and my baby) being exposed to nasty antibiotics!! UGH! I didnt even know there were other options last time!
What kind of probiotic did she give you? I'm getting my test done in three weeks!
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You don't do the hibiclens to change the test results. It is a disinfectant soap the kills bacteria. You douche with it (mixed with water) prior to giving birth but before your water breaks to "wash" the birth canal. It has been found to be pretty effective. It is definitely better than refusing antibiotics and doing nothing. I have FAST labors. I've never tested positive but if I did, I would do the hibiclens because I would likely not have time for the antibiotics.
I did hibiclens for 3 days and was retested and came back positive again I fortunately had a short home labor and my water broke just before pushing in a tub that was full of hibiclens and iodine but we did have vancomycin in the fridge in case we needed it (prolonged ROM, long labor etc)
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This would be my biggest fear with declining antibiotics if I tested positive. I hope I test negative but I don't think I could handle the added stress if I tested positive and didn't take the antibiotics. Your baby is proof that there is a valid concern (vs an over hyped scare tactic). I'm sorry you went through that!!
Thanks. It sucked. Even after they treated her and she got better her immune system just wouldn't bounce back. We almost lost her those first few weeks and then we just couldn't keep her healthy. We have had four babies since then and every time I have tested positive. I
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Thanks. It sucked. Even after they treated her and she got better her immune system just wouldn't bounce back. We almost lost her those first few weeks and then we just couldn't keep her healthy. We have had four babies since then and every time I have tested positive. I
this is interesting. My friend who was allergic to the antibiotics and had to get the less effective stuff ended up with her baby in the nicu (at a different hospital, when the one she was at wouldn't discharge her yet)........

and it seems like he's always sorta sick. He's 2 now. Sometimes I wonder if she's just overly paranoid about runny noses.. or now I wonder if it's a side effect of the GBS.

how is your baby now? Do they seem to get sick more often than your other kiddos?
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I just wanted to say from a mom who was HEAVILY put on antibiotics (multiple bags before and after deliver for two days). My dd came out with no problems or issues. Neither I nor her had thrush, she has never had a diaper rash let alone yeast in your 19 months of life AND she has never been sick (other then a runny nose).

I think everyone really needs to realize that sometimes they are needed - I have a pig valve in my heart without the antibiotics I greatly increase my change of an infection. My life and my heart are very important - without them I could not be the mom I am now
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I just wanted to say from a mom who was HEAVILY put on antibiotics (multiple bags before and after deliver for two days). My dd came out with no problems or issues. Neither I nor her had thrush, she has never had a diaper rash let alone yeast in your 19 months of life AND she has never been sick (other then a runny nose).

I think everyone really needs to realize that sometimes they are needed - I have a pig valve in my heart without the antibiotics I greatly increase my change of an infection. My life and my heart are very important - without them I could not be the mom I am now
What I love most about this thread is that it shows how we all have such diverse experiences and reasons for our choices. Thank goodness we live in a country that allows us to make the choices that we want and need.
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this is interesting. My friend who was allergic to the antibiotics and had to get the less effective stuff ended up with her baby in the nicu (at a different hospital, when the one she was at wouldn't discharge her yet)........

and it seems like he's always sorta sick. He's 2 now. Sometimes I wonder if she's just overly paranoid about runny noses.. or now I wonder if it's a side effect of the GBS.

how is your baby now? Do they seem to get sick more often than your other kiddos?
My dd is 18. She was diagnosed at 7 with short term memory disability but of course there is no definitive correlation but I have always wondered. She often got sick faster as a child but as she gets older I feel she.doesn't.
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I just wanted to say from a mom who was HEAVILY put on antibiotics (multiple bags before and after deliver for two days). My dd came out with no problems or issues. Neither I nor her had thrush, she has never had a diaper rash let alone yeast in your 19 months of life AND she has never been sick (other then a runny nose).

I think everyone really needs to realize that sometimes they are needed - I have a pig valve in my heart without the antibiotics I greatly increase my change of an infection. My life and my heart are very important - without them I could not be the mom I am now
I hope this works out for my coming child.

DD had horrible thrush.. ugh.

but maybe it was related to other things
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I hope this works out for my coming child.

DD had horrible thrush.. ugh.

but maybe it was related to other things
I hope so too! I just had oral thrush a month ago after antibiotics for lymes It sucks!
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