Post # 1
I had my strep b test today and I’m not complaining at all, I thought it was going to be worse. I read some people said they get an internal swab or rectal swab and it was uncomfortable. I felt nothing, I don’t think my doctor went inside of me. It felt like he just lightly brushed the outside of my vag. Is that what the test is? I mean I’m not complaining, it was great, but did he do it right? I feel dumb for asking because I’m sure he knows what he is doing, it’s just it wasn’t internal or rectal so I don’t know why other women’s stories varied.
Also, I had my 36 week today and they still haven’t told me baby’s position. They said it won’t be definite until 37 weeks so there was no use checking. I still haven’t had an internal either. Lastly, the didn’t measure me either, just listened for heartbeat which he said was perfect. Is this all normal procedure? Thanks!
Post # 3
Mine was a swab of the vagina and anus. It just felt like they swabbed around the outside, nothing internal. I got my results back today and it was positive. 🙁
My midwives measure my fundal height at every appointment, check the heart, and feel the baby’s position. Even though a few weeks earlier they said she could still move, they still check.
Post # 4
Well I’m 34 weeks tomorrow and haven’t had a group B strep test, so I’m not sure about that one. I do know that if you had a Group B urinary tract infection at any time during your pregnancy, they won’t give you the strep test at all; rather, they’ll just administer antibiotics for it anyway when you’re in the hopsital.
As far as checking the baby’s position…my doctor checks every visit by placing her hands on my belly and feeling around. Last visit, my little girl was head down. 🙂 Doc also checks the measurements at what seems like every other visit. Anyway, its really not hard for them to do at all, so if you did want to know, I would ask. Your baby can still move or change positions before birth, but most stay head down once they are.
Hope that helped! 🙂
Post # 5
@mrsjazz: I’m sorry yours came back positive, that stinks! So I guess you just need antibiotics then.
I guess what they did was normal but they just didn’t do the anus. I am sure they will call if the results are positive. I start going every week so next week maybe I will ask what position he is in. I guess all that matters is the heartbeat was strong and that is good.
Post # 6
Mine wasn’t done until 37+ weeks and was internal-felt like a pap.
Post # 7
Mine was swab slightly inside the vagina and then a swab of the external of my butt. The reason why you saw some posts about internal swabs is because some people also had a cervical check done on the same day as their group B strep test. I was worried about this and thought my doctor would do a cervical check as well but she didnt
Post # 8
My experience was identical to @bells.
Post # 9
Mine was also just an external sweep of my vagina and butt. It wasn’t invasive or internal at all. Had it done at 36 weeks.
Post # 10
It’s generally a non-invasive swab. They can get the culture they are looking for by staying external. I’m an RN with L&D experience.