I'm ticked that I've been doing probiotics, garlic, etc since 30 weeks or so, and I still tested positive. Boo.
I feel a little conflicted about the options I have: my first instinct is to forego the antibiotics, unless one (or more!) of the following happens: labour before 37 weeks (too late now), temperature during delivery, membranes ruptured for more than 20 hours. I'm not a fan of antibiotics (and am a little sketched out by thrush, yeast, etc., but not as sketched out as the thought of my baby getting quite sick). It also seems that there is some conflict over the onset of GBS. My MW said the only time a baby has gotten ill with it was with a mom that tested negative....which makes me kind of pause and think.
It seems like since I had my DD 3 years ago, the standard protocol has changed. My MW said (last time around) that it wasn't worth doing partially-and I had a very quick labour (under 4 hours once I got to the hospital). Standard procedure then was to use antibiotics if you had one of the risk factors. I remember monitoring DD's temperature for a couple of weeks, and that was it. Now it seems that MWs, OBs, etc are encouraging antibiotics as a standard course of action. My MW said that a study had come out saying that even with 1 dose of antiobiotics, at 1 hour, there was enough of a decrease in the colony to warrant the use of antibiotics.
I was tested merely bc I want to know for sure what my status is-and if one of the risk factors presents itself on d-day, I can make a more informed choice.