(Closed) Testing positive for Group B Step

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I have my test on Monday.  How do you even get this or what causes it?  I have never heard of it until the last time I went to my appointment.  Can they do a c-section to prevent passing it to the baby?

Post # 5
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1243 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@roxy821:  I’m sorry. 🙁  

Honestly, here’s what I was told: if you’ve tested positive for GBS, as soon as your water breaks, you go to the hospital and they put you on an IV drip of the antibiotics.  I don’t know if it’s like that in the US, but that’s the instruction here.  If you start having contractions, but no water breakage, I’d still go to the hospital.  

Given the history of crazy quick births in your family, I’d chat with your doctor about the possibility of being induced, to be honest.  That way, you’re already in the hospital, they can give you the drip and hopefully that will get rid of a lot of your concerns.

Post # 6
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7908 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

This is totally normal and many, many pregnant women ahve Group B Strep. If you are that worried, you can ask for an oral antibiotic to take in advance and then get the IV when you arrive to the hospital.

Post # 9
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1243 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@roxy821:  Yeah…that’s fair.  I know that I’m having a lot of nightmares about the baby (is he/she healthy? am I sure I did everything I could?, etc).

I’d tell you to try to think positive and that you’re taking all the necessary steps to control the situation, but I know that you’re still going to be nervous.  I’d still repeat that to yourself.  This isn’t a “fault” thing and you’re being super responsible.  Sometimes that hardest part (and geez..am I ever having problems with this now) is just letting go once you’ve done what you can.

 

Post # 11
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7908 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@roxy821:  Right. You will still need the IV, which I thik I mentioned, but you have a bit of extra protection in case the labor goes crazy fast if you were on oral antibiotics right before that.

My OB gave me cephalosporin for GBS a few weeks ago… I went ahead and took it but really felt it was unnecessary because of this very reason, but it can’t hurt I suppose… though I don’t really like taking unnecessary antibiotics.

Post # 13
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7908 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@roxy821:  Today is just your pregnancy freak out day, isn’t it? We all get a few.

Post # 14
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1737 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I was positive for group B strep as well, so here’s my perspective and experience 🙂 My doctor hooked me up to the IV antibiotics pretty much as soon as I was admitted to the hospital. Baby girl was born 21 hours later in perfect health. I think it is a good idea to get yourself to the hospital as soon as you go into labor in order to get your antibiotic in time. I also like PP’s idea of possibly scheduling an induction if you want to be absolutely sure that you’ll get the antibiotic for the required period of time before the birth, especially if births go crazy-quick in your family. As long as you take precautions, your little one should be fine 🙂

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I tested positive and was only at the hospital three hours before she was born.  Because I didn’t make it long enough to have two doses, we had to stay 48 hours in case she showed signs of anything.  She’s perfectly healthy though.

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