Rachel, I was GBS+ with my last pregnancy. I labored at home for quite a while thinking I had lots of time. I arrived at the hospital sure that I had hours to go and the antibiotics would have plenty of time to work. Much to my surprise, I was dilated to 9cm when they checked me and I delivered less than an hour later. The did hang the antibiotics, but there was no way they made it ( I don't think the bag was even empty by the time I delivered), even my doctor knew that, but they did it anyway.
My ds was fine and suffered no effects whatsoever. I asked my pediatrician about it and she told me not to worry. She showed me a chart of GBS risk. One of the main risk factors for whether a baby would be affected or not was how long the bag of waters had been ruptured. Basically, the risk of GBS transmission was VERY low until about 12 hours after the rupture of the membranes, then the risk began to spike upwards. She said that the only difference in how they would handle my case was if I had wanted to leave the hospital early, they would not have wanted to release my baby until the 48 hour point. I personally like my hospital so that wasn't an issue for me.
I was tested for GBS this time, though I was going to decline the antibiotics if I tested positive. I was going to have them treat me only if I showed other risk factors -- ie: prolonged rupture of membranes, fever, etc. Those are the things they treat for even if you haven't tested positive.
There is still a chance that although I tested negative this time I could be positive by the time I deliver, but it's not something I'm going to worry about. I'm going to stay home as long as possible unless there is reason that I go in (my water breaks, and I'm still not going to rush in for that either.) As long as I don't show any other risk factors I'm not going to worry.
Sorry for the novel, but since I had the same thing happen last time as your question, I thought I'd answer.:LOL
I'm still hanging in here. I'm feeling pretty good today. I find that I really have to take it easy when it comes to how I treat my body. If I do too much walking or lifting (or cleaning or laundry) I pay for it. If I take it easy, I feel pretty good. The ligament pain is still my number one complaint since it is awful, and what wakes me up at night. For a change, I'm desperately hoping NOT to go into labor today, at least until after about 9:00pm since it is my kindergarteners spring program tonight. Not that I think it is a big possibility, but my due date is slowly creeping up without me really noticing it.
I start my 40th week tomorrow so it really could be any day now. I was 2 days early with #1 and 6 days late with #2 so who knows, but even if I'm a week late, that means I have only two weeks to go, and we have been so busy that the days are flying by. I'm really hoping that it is next week simply because my ds1 will be in school during the day, and that will make it much easier on my MIL who is coming to stay with the kids. The week of the 15th is spring break, and that would mean that poor MIL would have both kids. Not that she wouldn't be fine, but they can really try one's nerves when they get going. The only time she's going to be alone with them is in the morning and early afternoon. After naptime, they will come up to the hospital to hang with me and eat dinner with me. We are bringing the Game Cube to the hospital so they can play it when they are there. They aren't good at volume control and although I'm going to request a room as far away from others as possible, I'm hoping to be able to keep them relatively quiet.
Is it strange to say that I'm looking forward to the hospital food? Our hospital hired a chef, so the food is actually really good, and they make a killer Boston Creme Pie. Yummy! Basically, I just want someone to cook for me.:LOL
Anyway, enough babbling from me. Good luck to those delivering soon, and I can't wait to hear the birth stories.