(Closed) Group B Strep positive and freaking out!

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I tested positive as well.  I didn’t have any special instructions for when to go to the hospital, just when I got there I had to have antibiotics.  DD was born perfectly healthy And didn’t need to have antibiotics herself.   Try to trust your doctor and stay away from Dr.Google!!

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I had this talk with my doctor yesterday, and I’m getting the test next week. She said it doesn’t change anything except with a positive, you get antibiotics at the hospital. I asked the same questions you have, and she said it wouldn’t impact my birth plan. I’ve been seriously staying away from Dr. Google. He’s a scary man sometimes!

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My mom had GBS when pregnant with one of my sisters – though they didn’t know until after labor. My sister’s heart rate dropped and they did a c-section, only later culturing the placenta and realizing the GBS. Everyone was fine and happy and healthy in the end.  Even in a pseudo emergency – it all worked out. You have a leg up being equipped with info ahead of time, so take comfort in that and the medical expertise we have developed over time.

 

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m a Mother/Infant nurse and GBS+ is nothing to worry about, as everyone has said, you’ll just have to get antibiotics and it’s possible baby might need antibiotics as well. They are aware of the GBS though so everything will be fine!! 🙂

Post # 21
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  I am quite scared too. I had Group B Strep last October, and when I mentioned this at my 12 weeks appointment she was like, “They will start you on antibiotics during labor right away then. They probably won’t even test you towards the end of your pregnancy then.”

I know GBS can be passed on to the baby, and honestly I didn’t even know antibiotics were an option until I got pregnant becuase online they talked about having to do a c-section, and that scared the hell out of me. My doctor didn’t make a big deal or say a c-section was what they had to do, so I am going to try to relax.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The chance of passing this onto a baby without the antibiotics is about 2%, with the antibiotics, it is less than 1% (info from NiniBambini midwives). The only issue is if you have an isnanely fast labor and do not have time to get the antibiotics before giving labor, but I think they want it (at least) two hours before. I think you will be just fine!  I know it’s super hard, but try not to stress if you can, because that’s only going to make you nuts! Good luck!

 

ETA- fwiw, I was also + for it and my little one is just fine.  I did eat some yogurt the next day though, just in case lol.

 

Post # 25
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  That’s why Dr. Google can suck it, lol. He is a terrible person sometimes. I am getting better about not doing online research unless it’s on forums.

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was (well, I guess I still am) GBS positive. My water didn’t break until the pushing stage, but I got IV abx when I arrived at the hospital. I delivered vaginally. No problems at all.

The cruddy part was having to stay an extra day in the hospital. I don’t know if that was hospital policy, or if that’s common everywhere. You might not even have to worry about that.

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - W Hotel Silicon Valley

Talk to your doctor about your concerns, just because they make it sound like it’s not a big deal doesn’t mean it’s not a big deal to you! I’m GBS+ and all they’ve said is that I need to have antibiotics while I’m in labor (once my water breaks, especially), I’m not too concerned about it. I’ve heard GBS comes and goes also, so you can always ask to be tested again. 

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  Aside from the extra-day stay in the hospital, the only other thing the OB stressed was that I was to come in as soon as my water broke, so they could administer the abx. I was upset about that because I wanted to labor at home for as long as possible, and that would jack up my plans to avoid interventions and give myself the best shot at a natural birth.

But then I went post-date, had to be induced, and ended up with an epidural. C’est la vie. 🙂

Never never never feel reluctant to call your OB’s office and ask questions. They’d rather you do that than ask Dr. Google.

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  I’ve had it with 2 of my 3 pregnancies. My doctor said it’s not a big deal too. All they did was give me antibiotics during labor to protect the kids. So many women have it and the risk is so minimal. I wouldn’t worry much. Ask your doctor to explain in detail on your next appointment. 

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