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Old 08-30-2007, 05:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I found out today that I am a carrier. Does anyone have information on this? How I could have gotten it, how it effects me & the baby? Any info is welcome! Thank you.

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Group B strep is a normal bacteria that is living in one in five women's vaginas. Usually there are no symptoms. The baby can become infected when giving birth which can be serious but is rare. There is a higher risk of the baby being infected if it is premature, the membranes have been ruptured for more than 18 hours before birth, multiple vagina exams during labour, interventions like forceps, mother with fever during labor or babies who need recuscitation at birth. It seems common in hospitals to give mothers who have strep b antibiotics during labour. I had group b strep last time I was pregnant and was given antibiotics in labour - my water had been broken for 24 hours by the time I gave birth. There are herbs you can start taking near the end of your pregnancy to support your immune system and possibly eliminate the strep b by the time you deliver. I find that The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm has alot of helpful information in it.

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Group B strep is a normal bacteria that is living in one in five women's vaginas. Usually there are no symptoms. The baby can become infected when giving birth which can be serious but is rare. There is a higher risk of the baby being infected if it is premature, the membranes have been ruptured for more than 18 hours before birth, multiple vagina exams during labour, interventions like forceps, mother with fever during labor or babies who need recuscitation at birth. It seems common in hospitals to give mothers who have strep b antibiotics during labour. I had group b strep last time I was pregnant and was given antibiotics in labour - my water had been broken for 24 hours by the time I gave birth. There are herbs you can start taking near the end of your pregnancy to support your immune system and possibly eliminate the strep b by the time you deliver. I find that The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm has alot of helpful information in it.

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So it's not something to stress about? Thank you so much for the info! I was worried for a sec.

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i am/was + for GBS and did some research. It CAN be very serious if baby gets infected, that is why standard protocal is to give antibiotics. I discussed it with my mw and we decided to do the antibiotics. Once I began active labor, I got a dose of penicillin in my iv, (along with pitocin-another story.) I was going to get a dose every 4 hours until delivery. I was worried about thrush, but we have no problems!

Don't worry about it, you and little A will be fine!
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I was labeled GBS+ last time, and I'm doing whatever I can to avoid that label this time. ACOG guidelines are to give IV penicillin every 4 hours to GBS carriers while in labor, with a minimum of 2 doses. Since my water broke and I didn't go into active labor on my own (ever... was induced after 18 hours), we ended up with 10-12 IV doses of penicillin. UGH.

There's an article on Mothering.com archived from the magazine that runs down the risks of GBS for baby, vs. the risks of antibiotics. Since my son has multiple food allergies now, I'd really like to avoid antibiotics this time around.
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Another formerly GBS+ mama here. I birthed my DD at home without complications.

There are risks, but there are treatment options to reduce risks as well!

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the crazy thing about being GBS+ is the you are almost always colonized. what that means is that it may come and go, but it's hard to get rid of it altogether.

MOST of the time the baby is fine, even if the antibx are not given/ received. but if the baby does contract the GBS they can be severely ill.

it does surprise me that they check women at 36 weeks and then not again if they are negative. and that they could give a positive mom oral penicillin earlier and that would eliminate the issue at birth ( in most cases).

there are ways to send it into "remission" of sorts ( herbs and what not) but unless you are still doing them at the time of delivery it can always come back without you knwing it.

one case i remember very clearly was a mom that was 37 weeks. she was NEG at 36 weeks, had her baby at 37 weeks and the baby ended up very very sick in the NICU within 10 hrs of being born. we were all very surprised when she turned up positive for GBS ( the baby). the mom was floored too. so, it's just one of those things that doesn't have much rhyme or reason to.
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