My midwife called about a week or so ago and told me I had group B strep in my urine. I believe I tested positive for my DD but for the swab towards the end of pregnancy. I've been prescribed a category B antibiotic (not a penicillin because I'm allergic) because I think she wants to get rid of it so I don't have IVs if I don't want them for labor. I've never taken anything while pregnant and told her I was hesitant about it. When I looked the medicine up it hadn't been studied enough so there was still some concern about it. Oh - I also came down with the stomach flu probably 8-12 hours before I peed at the OB/midwife's office so I'm wondering if that would have something to do with it if my immune system was already being taxed. I know the two are unrelated but I sometimes think some things in our bodies affect other things too. I haven't taken the meds yet and go back next week for my 20 week visit and I believe they will test again. Any thoughts, opinions, or advice? I really don't want to take anything since so many things are "thought to be safe" and then years later you see TV commercials about some drugs that created more problems than first anticipated.
Group B Strep in Urine at 16 weeks
We ended up doing one round of oral abx at 38 weeks and then the abx in labor. While I don't like using abx and never usually do, I had no problem doing it to lower risks for my baby. I also did huge quantities of probiotics before and after baby was born.
Be honest with your midwife though and make sure she knows you have not taken the antibiotic yet.
This site had a lot of info. One thing it says is that even if you take the antibiotics earlier in pregnancy, it does not get rid of the group b completely and you still need antibiotics in labor. This surprised me.
I used to work as a nurse in a nursery/nicu. We took care of several babies whose mothers were group b positive but for some reason or another did not get the antibiotics. One baby in particular was on IV antibiotics for 3 weeks. The baby ended up fine but I felt so bad for the mother. She missed out on almost the whole first month with her baby.
I will look and get the information my midwife emailed- found it- if you PM me an email address, I can send you the links my midwife sent me. And yes, the risk to the baby isn't until your water is broken BUT when it's in your urine (and then often causes a urinary tract infection), then there are some slight risks of pre-term contractions, etc. It's not a huge big deal, my midwife just was good about asking me about those kind of warning signs (which I had none).