Do they give you antibiotics in labor?

posted 5 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

keikochan :  They will only administer antiobiotics if your positive for Group B Strep.  I assume if you can’t have antibiotics, they would find a work around.  If it makes you feel any better, there were 49 women in my birth group, and I think only 2 of them tested positive for Group B Strep.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

As pp mentioned, it is routine to give antibiotics for Group B strep, but they will also administer them if your water has been broken for a long time and you and/or the baby are showing signs of infection (fever, elevated fetal heart rate). That scenario is less common, but still a possibility. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

keikochan :  Just communicate with your OB.  That’s the best you can do.  Make sure everyone knows your situation so you can talk through a Plan A, B, C, D, etc.  Read childbirth books to know what every scenario will be.  I really hope this process is an easy one for you <3 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I had antibiotics in labor bc I’m group B positive. Other than that, nothing was different for me. You should discuss your concerns with your OB. The internet will just scare you.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had to have antibiotics after delivery because I had a retained placenta that was manually removed. And yes that was as pleasant as it sounds.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

keikochan :  your OB will take your specific health issues into consideration. They won’t just load you up with something they know will give you a negative reaction just because it’s “protocol”. Fwiw I had a vaginal birth and didn’t even have an IV until after delivery (due to a complication – otherwise I never would have had one). Even then I didn’t get antibiotics, just pitocin and an extra shot of rhogam. 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

I would think in your case, even if you did have strep B (which is very common…I think like 30% of women have it? Could be wrong tho)…the risks of administering antibiotics would outweigh the risk of the strep B so they’d probably find another solution. But definitely something to talk about with your OB!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

keikochan :  chances are you aren’t the first person who can’t have antibiotics (if you would happen to need them in the first place). I am allergic to certain antibiotics so had to have those discussions with my OB and then my nurse while in labor to make sure we were all on the same page. I was scared too bc of my sensitivity but don’t forget that you are likely being heavily monitored while in labor so anything that happens they will see it. 

Post # 12
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Worker bee

Adequate treatment for group B Step is minimum 2 doses of IV antibitoics. You would also likely receive IV antibiotoics for prolonged rupture of membranes (water broken), maternal temp during labor, or any signs of Chorioamnioitis, which can cause sepsis in mother & baby if untreated

Post # 13
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Worker bee

tiffanybruiser :  Correct, I am a maternity RN. Sometimes they do not have time to administer the IV abx if the mother comes in too far along in labor and delivers the baby too quickly to get the dose in. In this case mother and baby’s vital signs are closely monitored after delivery for any signs of sepsis, as well as blood work for the mother (which is routine postpartum anyway). They will draw blood cultures on baby only if signs & symptoms suspicious for sepsis are present.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I had an emergency C section, but i wasnt given anything before it. Only a few antibotics after. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2020 - North Carolina

I was given IV antibiotics because I had a c-section. They gave me an antibiotic that I had previously had allergic reactions to in the past and they knew this. Luckily, the only thing that happens to me is that it makes really itchy in my face for months afterwards. They say they gave it to me because my reaction to it is only a mild one and it’s standard to give that specific antibiotic with a c-section. I wish they would’ve told me all of this beforehand so I would’ve been prepared.

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