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#1 of 34 Old 10-22-2010, 10:50 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I know a lot of mamas aren't getting a GBS swab done, but I thought I'd start a thread for GBS results for those of us who are.

I had mine done on Tuesday, and called this morning to get my results.

I am............. NEGATIVE!!!!!!!

I was just assuming I'd be positive, as I was with my last, and was going to do a chlorhexadine douche when I went into labor, as I did last time. But to not have to worry about that at all? I'll take it!

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Great news!

I've never been positive before. I'm going to call to get my results today (just in case I get some action this weekend ) but usually no news is good news from my office.
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That's great!

I'm not getting swabbed but my urine is negative for it, so I take that as a good sign.

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Awesome, Julie!! One less thing to worry about, right?!

I did my swab last week and haven't gotten my results yet. Thanks for the reminder that I need to call.

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Good for you!

I'm having mine done on Tuesday - at which point I'll beg my mw to check my cervix. I know it means nothing, but it's fun to know what's going on and I'm hoping she'll help me figure out what I've been feeling.

I've never been GBS+ in any of my pregnancies. The friend I hung out with today said that was why she went into labor at 35 wks with her last baby (because GBS can cause early labor.)

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Mine was negative also. I have been positive for one pregnancy and negative for the rest.

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Mine was also negative! I wasn't too worried about it, but it's nice to have one less thing to think about it.
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I've never been positive before. I'm going to call to get my results today (just in case I get some action this weekend ) but usually no news is good news from my office.
Shoot - they didn't have my results when I called.
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I tested Negative! I was so relieved to hear this because I really didn't want the antibiotics, but there wasn't going to be any other option at the hospital. One less thing to get in the way of my natural birthing hopes!

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Negative for me, too!

I'm horrified of needles so I'm stoked that I don't have to get an IV! Now I just have to make sure that I stay hydrated.

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They did the test at my midwife appointment this week. Keep your fingers crossed, I really don't want to have to have the IV!
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I had the test done on Thursday, so no results yet. I was positive for the last two, and they didn't test with my first.

This time we are home birthing, but I wanted to test since two of my labors have started with waters breaking.

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I did mine a couple weeks ago-- the MW likes to do it early so if you are positive you cna take action to be negative-- I am thinking of skipping a second one, because I do NOT want to go in to the OB's office anymore, and I don't want to pay $50 again for the MW to do it (I swear they said it was $25. DH is ticked!) I've always been negative so I'm not concerned. I did like how I got to do it, the MW teaches you how to use the swab but you do it in the bathroom
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I was positive last time, but haven't been tested yet this time. If I hospital birth, it will likely be becuase I need a c-section (previa), and I'm not sure if they'd want to test me. If I homebirth, I won't test.

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I was positive last time, but haven't been tested yet this time. If I hospital birth, it will likely be becuase I need a c-section (previa), and I'm not sure if they'd want to test me. If I homebirth, I won't test.
Where I work, they don't treat GBS+ moms who are having a c-section, apparently because baby isn't passing through the birth canal, so there's no risk of exposure (maybe unless there's been a PROM).

Small perk, huh?

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Where I work, they don't treat GBS+ moms who are having a c-section, apparently because baby isn't passing through the birth canal, so there's no risk of exposure (maybe unless there's been a PROM).

Small perk, huh?
Pfft, yeah, small perk! I kind of figured I wouldn't be tested...I'll probably be getting profilactic abx anyway

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I'm going in for my test today, though I don't know why, really, since I'm planning a homebirth and I don't know that I would choose otherwise anyway.

How long does it take to get the test results?

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I'm going in for my test today, though I don't know why, really, since I'm planning a homebirth and I don't know that I would choose otherwise anyway.

How long does it take to get the test results?
I think just a few days.

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I'm negative!!

One less thing to worry about!

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Did my swab today -- won't find out until next Monday. I'm anxious about it. I tested positive around 27 weeks when I had a vaginal culture done to try to track down the cause of my ridiculously persistent contractions. I've been taking lots of probiotics since then and really hope it was just a passing thing.

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heard today that I'm negative
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I'm negative, too!

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Negative for me too, yay!
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Hooray for all the negatives!

I had an appt. today to schedule my c-section and they wanted to do a GBS swab Not because they might want to treat me during the birth, but "just in case the baby has an infection, it helps the Ped group to know if you're positive." Needless to say, I refused.

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Negative here too!!!:

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Man, am I the only one who is positive? I never tested + in any of my other 3 pregnancies so this really caught me off guard.

Mw isn't at all concerned about it & said we wouldn't even have time to do abx because they need to be given 4 hours before birth and I've never had a labor that long.

I'm already taking loads of probiotics for this stupid itchy crotch, so I'm hoping that helps. I mentioned a Hibiclens wash & mw said it wasn't a bad idea. She said to do it every time I shower & then once labor starts.

I just found this website that looks like it has tons of good alternative info.

Any suggestions from experienced mamas? Should I be worried? I'm so frustrated that my body is ripe for labor, I'm soooo close to birth and now I have to worry that maybe I don't want to go into labor yet.

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Meta, I posted on the chat thread about this, but I'll just throw it out there here, too. The stuff you dilute and douche with is called hibiclens or chlorhexadine. I found a lot of articles of scientific trials that showed it to be very effective in preventing colonization of baby. And there are two ways it can present in baby -- immediately after birth or a little further down the line (which is more rare). I would call your pediatrician and ask for more info about it and let them know that you won't have a chance to get abx in labor, and what their protocol for baby post-birth would be.

I would be on the lookout for any signs of anything in baby, such as grunting, nasal flaring, retracting (under the sternum retracting when they breathe), breathing fast (tachypnea) beyond what's considered normal "transitioning" for baby, temperature instability, extreme sleepiness beyond 24 hrs of birth, poor feeding, abnormal color or muscle tone, etc. The sooner it's caught the better.

And of course on the flip side, babies actually contracting GBS is rare. But it doesn't hurt to be aware, KWIM?

Good luck!

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You're not alone. I'm GBS+ as well after two previous negatives. I'm likely to just go for the antibiotics since I will be the hospital.
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I'm positive too. I was last time as well and had abx as I was in the hospital and I didn't feel like arguing. This time, at home, I'm not sure what I'll do. My mw has given me a few options but I haven't taken the time to really think about it. I'll probably just end up having a dose of abx again. I should probably start taking probiotics.

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Another positive here. Sigh. I'm going to do the antibiotics.

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