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post #41 of 48

So interesting to read all the responses.  GBS testing is the one that I always do -- in my mind, it is purely "defensive medicine", so that in the event of a transfer I can prove negative status or that we have followed accepted protocol.  My decision is totally based on my subjective personal experience rather than data, etc. 

 

When my brother was born (in the early 90's), my mom was GBS+, but the protocol then did not call for routine treatment with antibiotics during labor.  Healthy, full-term baby born with no apparent risk-factors, a couple of days later, he "missed a feeding", and my mom called his Dr. to be cautious (based on discharge instructions)... and boom, my brother was admitted to the regional hospital.  My mom had to fight all sorts of battles to be able to stay with him, keep breastfeeding, etc.  They almost did a spinal tap and did plenty of other invasive testing while he was hospitalized.  The culture takes 3 days to come back (positive or negative) -- so until then, he wasn't going anywhere.  In the end... he was totally fine, never had GBS, all that stress and treatment was done to prevent... nothing.  The Dr. had recently lost an already sick preemie to GBS and was overly sensitive to the possibility of losing another patient.  Having witnessed this as a young teen, I just don't want to go through this with my baby.  Thankfully, I've never been GBS+, so I've never had to make the decision about antibiotics.

 

I'm interested in the taking baby's temp thing... I've always been given instructions to take baby and my temp. after birth every 4 hours, for the first 48 hours (I think...) so I'm surprised to see that this is not "standard practice" with even other HB MWs.

 

My MW has done some updating of her GBS protocol since I last had a baby with her (only 19 months ago) and will now offer a hibiclens rinse to mamas who are likely to give birth before 4 hours have passed, since the antibiotics would not be effective on such a short time scale. 

post #42 of 48

Another one who just found out I'm GBS+ after being negative with my son.  So bummed since I have to have antibiotics in labor (birthing at a freestanding center) and I'm allergic to penicillin which is the main antibiotic they use.  They also do extra temps after the birth. 

 

I was taking probiotics before the test and have since stopped but will up my use of them again.  I'm so terrified of getting thrush after the birth :(

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Another one who just found out I'm GBS+ after being negative with my son.  So bummed since I have to have antibiotics in labor (birthing at a freestanding center) and I'm allergic to penicillin which is the main antibiotic they use.  They also do extra temps after the birth. 

 

I was taking probiotics before the test and have since stopped but will up my use of them again.  I'm so terrified of getting thrush after the birth :(




Is it possible to continue taking probiotics and test again?  I'm not allergic to antibiotics, but I almost always get a yeast infection after using them. I'm still not sure how I didn't get one after DD. I had at least 6 doses during her birth.

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Is it possible to continue taking probiotics and test again?  I'm not allergic to antibiotics, but I almost always get a yeast infection after using them. I'm still not sure how I didn't get one after DD. I had at least 6 doses during her birth.




I don't think it's worth it to retest at this point.  I actually am not that prone to yeast but I am going to take probiotics and use garlic pills to at least decrease colonization of the bacteria because I worry about the risk to the baby, especially since I can't have the penicillin. 

post #45 of 48

well i got my results and i was negative this time, I was positive with ds. I did use the hibiclens, but only 2 times prior to testing, I read online you are suppose to wash every 6 hours for a week with it, well i wasn't going to spend that much time washing myself and i was a little leary of using the product that much, I just used it in a diluted form in the shower on a washcloth like regular soap or bodywash the day before the test and the day of the test, no way would i douche with it as some pp mentioned. I won't be using it again until i go into labor and then i will do the same thing, wash with it once or twice in the shower. I am going to continue with the garlic and priobiotics pills though to be safe. I am pretty sure the rainbow light prenatals i have been taking this whole pregnancy have probiotics, but i will be taking extra because i don't always get my yogurt in. Honestly i am not too worried about GBS, it is relatively new testing and actually transmitting it is pretty rare from what i've read and that the antibiotics given is not a very effective method of treating it during labor. I am honestly glad i don't have to be hooked up to the machines extra and having all those unnecessary antibiotics during labor.

post #46 of 48

check with your MW/DR because apparently a lot of labs have gotten smart and started testing the GBS strains to see which antibiotic is best. they don't routinely use penicillin anymore. I asked my MW because I am also allergic to penicillin. maybe that will at least give you some comfort?
 

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I don't think it's worth it to retest at this point.  I actually am not that prone to yeast but I am going to take probiotics and use garlic pills to at least decrease colonization of the bacteria because I worry about the risk to the baby, especially since I can't have the penicillin. 



 

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check with your MW/DR because apparently a lot of labs have gotten smart and started testing the GBS strains to see which antibiotic is best. they don't routinely use penicillin anymore. I asked my MW because I am also allergic to penicillin. maybe that will at least give you some comfort?
 



 


Yes!  My midwife does this for anyone who tests positive.

 

post #48 of 48
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I skipped it and agreed to take babies vitals every 4 hrs for the first 24 hours to satisfy the MW's. I am not willing to take any antibiotics unless really needed and i still am not sold on GBS and the need for them in labor. I get yeast so easily that i refuse to even go there...esp. postpartum....yuck...no thanks.

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