I was planning on getting tested, but a couple of MW appointments ago I found out I don't even have the option--I had a urine culture done as part of my "screening blood work" done by the OB I started with and since switched from--and it grew out GBS.
The guidelines say that GBS in the urine any time during the pregnancy gets treated as someone who is colonized/positive and does not get retested late in pregnancy.
I was positive with my first birth, and barely remember getting the antibiotics. I know the IV was running when I was in the Jacuzzi tub, so needless to say it did not hinder me much.
I don't like the idea of so many people getting antibiotics during labor, but I also know that studies show that babies born to moms with higher colonization rates, or GBS in the urine, have higher rates of transmission, so I do want to be treated. I am considering using Hibiclens at home in case I don't make it to the hospital 4 hours ahead of time to get the antibiotics. I also will take probiotics the last few weeks of pregnancy, to hopefully reduce babe's chance of getting infected, and afterwards to keep us from getting thrush (no proof that this works, but I don't think it can hurt).
I think I would do nothing at all rather than have oral antibiotics. They don't work but can still cause the same side effects as IV.