So I will probably need to be tested next week and was thinking about refusing testing. I tested positive with my second, but had him outside the US and they don't treat routinely. Had my third without testing--so that's two for me who most likely had a chance of infection and didn't get it. From what I have read, if you test positive once and don't do anything major to treat (which I haven't) you are likely to be positive again.
My thoughts are that I would rather avoid an antibiotic IV draw out once I am in labor (assuming I don't have any special risk factors that increase transmital), as I tend to have a 1-2 days of really mild "false" labor and then 3-4 hours of actual labor starting VERY slowly and rapidly ending in OMG we need to get to the hospital as I need to push NOW.
For background: With my second I went to the hospital as I had a "back ache for two days" and my water had broken 12 hours earlier but was not dialated at all. Cut to a poorly translated umm OK to take a drug that has been outlawed in the US to "get labor started" and I was pushing alone in the labor room two hours before I was scheduled to be checked again to see if I might want an epidural. (In my defense my husband was out of town, so I had an acquaintance take me to the hospital)
I thought the speed of the labor was due to the drug, but with my third I had light contractions for twelve hours, then a break for the day only to wake up at midnight with those light pains again. I went downstairs and worked for a few hours then got in the bath to relax before going back to bed and almost didn't get out again! Somehow I managed to get back upstairs and wake my husband up and went thru transition in the car and had to be dragged up two flights of stairs to push baby out. We were in the hospital less the 30 minutes before he was born.
So I think I should count on a fast birth once things actually start to happen. :-) If it's not insanely rushed I will actually be glad, but am planning for another speedy quick one.
I find labor, mostly the crazy rush to the hospital, kind of traumatic and am thinking that if they just don't know if I am positive maybe I won't have to go thru the whole "hold baby in for a few hours while the meds start to work" fiasco I have heard other friends who have had babies in the US go thru. Or maybe I should just get tested and then plan on refusing treatment?
Any thoughts on what may go over better, and what are you ladies planning on?