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at my first OB appointment they apparently cultured my urine- which i have never had done- and found GBS there. they said that makes me a carrier for the whole pregnancy, and i *have* to have Antibiotics in labor (all according to the nurse) i asked her if i would be retested at 36 weeks and she said no! i am kind of miffed and going to talk to my OB because i dont want antibiotics unless i actually have active GBS. anyone heard of this or have any info?
 

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Never heard of that. Carrying it now does say anything. I had it with my first pregnancy, but we are retesting for this one at 37 weeks. Insist on a test later.
 

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If you have GBS in your urine it is assumed that you are systemically colonized. You can certainly re-test again around 36-37 weeks but chances are high that you will still be colonized by the bacteria. The recommendation is actually not to retest and just go for the abx in labor but its completely up to you.
 

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I'm in the same boat - was GBS+ with my last baby, and my urine was positive this time (It was a small amount, so I question whether this was actually from the urine or from accidental contamination of the specimen, but whatever).<br><br>
From what I've read, a positive urine culture is associated with higher risk of infection for the infant, possibly because it indicates that the mother's immune system isn't adequately responsive to the GBS bacteria (a genetic trait)... which also means that adequate immunity won't be passed along to the baby through breastfeeding.<br><br>
My CNM practice I'm currently seeing is willing to let me home-treat and re-test at 36 weeks. I don't know if I will re-test. I do plan to home treat, because reducing the risk overall (including before labor - heavy colonization is associated with premature rupture of membranes, which has been an issue for me with both my previous births anyways) seems like a good idea.<br><br>
I'm also trying to figure out what this all means for a homebirth. On one hand, the overall risk from GBS is very low. On the other, when there is a problem, it can be deadly, and I personally feel ok with the idea of antibiotics during labor, though less ok with the idea of a hospital birth at most hospitals.
 

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im due in nov but have never posted on this ddc so hi<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
i had gbs in my urine w/ my 3rd child in<br>
was w/ a midwife/ob practice in 1st trimester and they tested on 1st appt.<br>
in an ob's eyes once you have gbs you always have gbs because it can come and go like yeast and other infections<br>
also if you test positive in urine it means you are highly colonized<br><br>
i switched to home midwife shortly after this many reasons<br>
but she i wanted her to retest in last trimester and she did<br>
i was still positive<br>
her recomnedations throughout were<br>
probiotics,vit c,garlic<br>
also during labor after water broke(41 weeks) i did a douche of hibclense/water every i forget 4 hours<br>
babe was born 19 hours later<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
so you can have a homebirth their are many studies on the effectiveness and overuse of antb. fo rthis<br>
in a hospital setting i do not know what i would do as they are not going to let you up and douche every 4 hours lol<br>
well at least w/ my 1st/ only hosptial birth they wouldnt even let me go pee<br>
start taking the probx,and vit c to at least get your numbers lower for you and for babe<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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