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Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:40 PM
Hey. Just wondering if anyone has tested positive to group b strep and what your experience was like?
My third child the other 2 were negative and this time around positive?? Feeling pretty down because I really wanted to labour at home and now I can't really due to the antibiotics you need...
Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:46 PM
I was. I was really worried about it but at the end of the day, by the time I was in labour it was the last thing on my mind. I only have the one DD though so can’t compare.
I had an iv thing in the back of my hand and they just hooked up to it when I needed a dose of antibiotics. That was good because I could still move around, and when I got saline when I had my epidural the needle was already in place.
They monitored DD’s temp after birth and she was fine. No side effects for either of us. I worried about it a lot but in the end it wasn’t a big deal. I’m sorry you won’t get to be at home like you planned, but I hope you have a lovely birth regardless.
Posted 14 February 2020 - 07:02 PM
I had it with my second. Had a quick labour and by the time they got the needle in for the iv I was pushing so didn’t end up getting any antibiotics. I had to stay in hospital with DS for 48hrs (I think) so his temp could be monitored. He was totally fine and honestly it was nice having a bit longer in hospital just with him. I was a bit concerned about it when I found out but by the time I was in labour it was the last thing on my mind.
Posted 14 February 2020 - 08:35 PM
Same with my 3rd!
I was with my second DD.
Her labor was so quick however I didn’t get any antibiotics before she was born. She was just monitored closely for 48 hrs after birth (her temperature was taken every 4 hours). She was fine.
Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:33 PM
Thanks for all your positive replies. They really are re-assuring. Yes forgot to add did they have to do any tests on the baby after birth or follow ups??
I declined testing due to thinking I was allergic to penicillin (I was de-labeled of my allergy by testing recently but for my whole life prior thought I was allergic due to a childhood reaction).
They told me they’d therefore treat us (me and my babies) as though I’d tested positive but not had antibiotic treatment- which was increased monitoring in the first 48 hours. I didn’t really notice tbh.
Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:00 PM
You can still labour at home OP. It is only if your membranes rupture that you'll need to present to the hospital.
Different doctors and hospitals have different GBS management plans, it is good to ask and negotiate if you are not happy with it.
Very many do not do anything other than record GBS positive which ensures the staff are more vigilant post birth with observing the baby.
Others will require admission on rupture of membranes and antibiotics into a bung until the baby is born.
Being positive at 37 weeks does not mean you will be at 40 weeks just as being negative at 37 weeks does not mean you will be still negative at 40 weeks.
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