(Closed) Positive Group B Strep at 36 wks. Anyone go thru this? Please calm my nerves

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I had group B strep with my first. It wasn’t a problem. I think they actually put me on antibiotics a few days before my induction, and then in my IV when I got to the hospital. My baby was perfectly fine, and now he’s almost 8. Good luck!!

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

While there can be issues if not treated, the reason they screen is so they can treat it! They will give you some IV antibiotics during delivery and it should be as simple as that. I am all for knowing what is going on with your own health and care, but remember- Dr.Google is not your friend! The worst possible scenarios come out online. No one posts stories about “I was GBS positive, got my antibiotic and everyone was fine”.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

GBS is extremely common.  As others have said, you’ll get antibiotics when you’re in labor; sometimes you’ll be prescribed them ahead of time.  You’ll drive yourself crazy with Google.  Trust your doctor on this one.  This is one of those routine things that you’re screened for, just like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.  You’ll be fine because you’ll be treated properly.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I was GBS positive with both of my kids, they just gave me IV antibiotics during labor.  No big deal.  It’s pretty common. I would be worried if I delivered too quickly though before getting to the hospital and being put on antibiotics.  

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Just make sure you get the antibiotics during labor, and it will be fine. The problems happen when moms refuse the antibiotics, have homebirths, or have labors so fast they can’t get the antibiotics. In the latter case, they will usually keep a very close eye on the newborn to make sure everything is fine.

Learning some of the signs of fetal and newborn distress might help calm you as well. So look for things like a fast fetal heartrate (over 200), or in a newborn fast shallow breathing, fast heartrate, low temperature or high temperature.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2006

I had it with my second, they ran antibiotics intravenously for four hours prior to delivery. I went in at midnight (thought my water may have broke) and they said I was dilated to a 2 and having regular contractions every 2 mins (I couldn’t feel them) so they admitted me and started the antibiotics right away. Antibiotics were done at 4 a.m. they broke my water and my daughter was born at 7:59 a.m. So totally no big deal! A few of my friends have had it too. 🙂 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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Eight6Eleven:  I’m positive for it. 25w5d with our first. I talked to my midwife about it. I just need a dose of antibiotics at least 4 hours before delivery to prevent baby from contracting it coming through the birth canal. If I don’t get to the hospital in time, then they test baby after birth. A friend of mine had it and barely made it to the hospital in time to deliver and her little boy was perfectly fine. They each received antibio before discharge and I think they stayed an extra day or so, so they could test baby a couple times To make sure.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Oh and I didn’t even know you had to get them 4hrs ahead of time…. I went to the hospital late and my son was born about an hour after I got there and he was perfectly fine.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s really not a big deal – just get to the hospital earlier when you go into labor and get the antibiotics.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I found out I had strep B when I went into the hospital. IV in, antibiotics in, baby out. And for the record, he is perfect no ill effects from the antibiotics. 

Post # 12
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Worker bee

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Eight6Eleven:  it’s no big. Comes back positive a lot and it’s not something some antibiotics won’t fix! It’s more important for the pediatrician to know once baby is born. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I was induced, so they started my penicillin when they started my pitocin and I got another IV dose every 4 hours during labor.  No big deal.  My only problem was that the first dose was fine because it was a normal sized IV bag.  The follow up doses were more concentrated, which gave me a burning sensation in my IV.  The nurse just turned the saline way up and the penicillin way down and it was fine.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I had it for my first and third deliveries. The first I had the antibiotics. The second I treated myself with a garlic clove as I had a really short labour with my first and didn’t have enough time to have the 4 hours and I was worried that would happen again and I would have to stay in hospital again to monitor the baby. I inserted a whole, peeled garlic clove for a week, got A Retest and I was negative. I also use this to treat thrush. I though my obgyn was insane when he mentioned it but it works. There is plenty of info on Google. 

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Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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punkybrewster:  even my homebirth midwife screens for and treats it 🙂

 

OP, its no big deal really!

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