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Quick Hibiclens question!

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So, I woke up this morning and my water had broken.  This is my third baby - with my first labor, water broke to start labor, and I didn't have strong contractions for nine more hours, just painless ones 6 minutes apart.  Looks like this time is going the same way so far.  Midwife at the time didn't say anything about hibiclens, and we didn't have any problems.  Second labor, water didn't break until pushing - no hibiclens.  This time we have the same midwife as the second labor, and she says to do hibiclens.  I haven't ever thought about it or done research...  Does anyone know pros and cons?   I know the small disease risk - but what I'm wondering about is, if we do it, is it going to mess up my flora for bacterial colonization of the baby?    Maybe if I'm just doing a rinse on the outside, which is what I think she wants, I'll still have the normal bacteria?

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Ask her why she's recommending it. Did you test positive for GBS or skip testing?

 

Externally, I don't think it's a big deal. As in, go for it. Internally, that's between you and your midwife.

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