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Any one else know they are Group B strep positive already? If you do are you going to do natural methods of dealing with it or just take the antiobiotics during birth? I feel pretty torn about doing abx right at birth because of the good bacteria that can be stripped from baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I don't want her to have abx resistance and thrush.<br>
I plan to start eating more probiotic type foods, trying for less sugar <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wild.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wild"> and maybe some garlic to get my system ready. This I was not ready for...<br><br>
I have done some reading on the gentle birth website and the Mothering magazine article from Nov/Dec 2003.
 

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Don't panic!<br><br>
I had GBS with preg. #1- I was so worried/freaked that I wouldn't be able to nurse b.c she would get thrush, etc.<br>
I ended up having abx during delivery and my baby was 100% fine. We had other nursing issues, but, not thrush. Also, she has never been sick or needed abx in her 2 years.<br>
I know there are tons of threads here on MDC about dealing with this.<br><br>
I am curious to see if I will have it again. I hope to deal with it naturally- no IVs, but, I will discuss it with my MW. Everything is a liability issue these days, so, who knows what they will say. I guess I could discuss it with my ped, too.
 

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I was GBS+ with last 2 babies and was treated with antibiotics. BOTH babies ended up with horrid yeast infections/diaper rashes in the first week or 2 of life, and they BOTH had horrible slimy green poops for about 2 weeks. Our last baby also had an eye infection about a week after birth and the initial anitbiotic given to her to treat it was Amoxicillin and it did not work and she had to be treated with Augmentin....it was horrible and our Family Practice Dr attributed it to the fact that my water was broken for 41 hours before delivery and 39 of those hours I was on antibiotics every 4 hours. This baby will be born at home I am hoping and I am not testing or being treated for GBS....I will do Hibiclens and take some herbal remedies instead just in case.<br>
Alicia
 

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I already know I'm positive because it was in my urine test. I'm told that means I'm heavily colonized. Yuck. Anyway, I've since switched to a homebirth midwife. We're going to test me again at 30 weeks. Then, I'll try a month of natural means of getting rid of it. (I don't know what that will entail yet.) If that doesn't work, I'll try a couple weeks on antibiotics and re-test. If that doesn't work, we'll deal with what to do during labor later.<br><br>
With my first, they didn't even test. With my second, I agreed to antibiotics during labor and ended up with a terrible yeast infection in both of us. With my third, I wrote that if my waters were broken for more than a certain number of hours, or I started running a fever, etc, then I'd go for abx. It wasn't an issue - my water broke 2 minutes before he was born. But, now he's allergic to Amoxicillin and I wonder what would've happened had we had it during labor.
 

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Thanks for the replies! I am a LLL leader so I know how to deal with thrush <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I don't want to but I know how...<br><br>
The allergy to antibiotics....that worries me more. ds1 has an allergy to amoxicillian.<br><br>
I bought good yogurt, kefir, and garlic today to try and get that good bacteria flowing.<br>
I'll keep you posted...
 

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nak<br>
i'm delivering at the hospital this time.<br>
l'm just going to do the antibiotics and bring along probiotics for myself and the kids.<br>
last time i didn't do them and dd ended up in the hospital on daily antiboitics for over a week (long story).<br>
not cool.<br>
fortunately she never got thrush.<br>
for me it's worth it to "play along" for them.<br>
we are refusing just about everything else.
 

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Artist mama - Now I've gotta know! Why did your first end up in the hospital on antibiotics? Was it due to strep B?<br><br>
Boy Crazy - Where are you an LLL Leader? I'm one too, so I wonder if we've met!
 

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I'm in Southern MN.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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MyThreeBoys- We brought her in to be checked because she wasn't regulating her breathing or heartrate very well.<br>
We made the SERIOUS MISTAKE of telling them I was GBS + and they FREAKED out.<br>
Unfortunately, from there they did a blood culture.<br>
They contaminated the blood culture with Staph.<br>
They said she had to be admitted and it was all my fault blah blah blah.<br>
After 3 days the doctor treating her says it was not GBS and rather Staph that grew in the culture. He also said it was likely a contamination and not an infection since DD never got another positive culture.<br>
He said that he couldn't "in good conscious" stop the antibiotics "just in case" she really had a staph infection. I slept on a cot in her room (an hour a night) for 8 or 9 days post partum. She got several IV's and poked with a needle every morning.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
I was very afraid that if we removed her AMA they would send CPS after us and I just wanted to get away and not be bothered.<br><br>
That's my story. I'm still very angry about it and working on letting it go but it's hard. I don't think it would have happened had I not mentioned the GBS but it can't be helped now.<br>
I know if I don't agree to the antibiotics they will want to hold my child for 48 hours minimum plus I really really don't want a repeat of last time (especially when I have a toddler to take care of). Fighting the system just isn't worth it to me in this case.<br><br>
I'm in Minneapolis, BTW. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Artist mama-<br>
Sounds like a horrible experiance. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I can see why you would just want to do the abx and get the heck out of there!<br>
We probably live about 80 or so miles apart. We should meet sometime.
 

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boycrazy- Thanks for understanding. I've gotten ribbed for my decision a few times but oh well.<br>
80 miles south of Minneapolis you are? How often do you head up this way?
 

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We don't go to the cities all that often. (I will be up for LLL Leader day this sunday) But not opposed to going sometime if there is someone to see...used to go up there more before kids <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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i don't plan on being tested for GBS this time.<br><br>
I was tested at 38 weeks (a little late IMO) with ds and they lost my results so my status was unknown. I was not treated with abx thank goodness. then I found this article and learned that only 1% of GBS infected mothers pass it on to the baby. not a huge risk IMO. especially for me since my labor was fast and my water was only broken for 4 hours before he was born.
 
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