Originally Posted by pumpkinyum
If you are GBS+, what do you do when you UC to prevent infection in the baby, since this can be fatal to the child?
You should look up the actual statistics on the transmission of GBS. It does happen, yes, but it is not common, and, in my opinion, it is not a good idea that we are dosing all these women in birth with antibiotics to prevent something that is rare. All those babies that are getting abx through their mother during birth, and not getting the good bacteria they need coming thorugh the birth canal b/c mom is getting abx. I mean, it is a very personal choice, of course. If someone feels better doing the abx, then that is an informed choice they can make. I just think we have no idea what we could be doing by giving all these abx during birth.
Plus, you can test positive, then not actually be positive when you give birth, or vice versa. I tested positive during my first pregnancy, got a shot of abx, and I believe it cause major problems for my first DS. Yeast, colic, gut issues, food sensitivities, that I believed were all set off by me getting abx in labor (and probably not starting off with the best gut health, from past abx, etc.) For my second child, because I had tested positive the first time, so I took probiotics for my entire pregnancy and ate a very low-sugar diet, only sprouted grains, etc. I tested negative the 2nd time. I think they often just give abx anyway for subsequent deliveries in the hospital when you test positive the first time. I had a homebirth though.
I would not even do the test next time, because I wouldn't give abx anyway. I would do the same thing, though, take probiotics and eat a very specific diet to ensure the best health I could, avoiding sugar, etc.
That's just my experience and my opinion now because of that experience.