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With my last birth, I tested positive for the Group B Strep. So I automatically got hoooked to the IV.<br><br>
Do I HAVE to have that, or can I have shots for it, orwhat? I don't want my next labor disturbed by IV.<br><br>
I hate the IV but don't mind antibiotics.<br><br>
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It should only take about 15-20 minutes every 4 hours to run the antibiotics. Between that, you should be able to have them stop them iv and put in a heplock (or whatever they're called) so you won't be attached to a pole the whole time.
 

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I don't know if there is adifferent way to administer them. But for me, if I would of tested positive, I couldn't refuse the antibiotics if I wanted to stay with the midwife. I could not refuse the test either.<br>
It is one of those things required to stay with the midwives, if I did refuse, I would have been sent back to the OB.<br><br>
Did you test positive again? is there a possibility you can test negative this time? I hear you can lower the level of bacteria by eatin garlic etc.
 

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you know, it wasn't the pole as much as the extreme pain i've always had with IVs. they can never find a vein, they can never get it in the first time, etc. it sounds crazy, but the IV was so uncomfortable, even if it hadn't have been plugged into the pole, that i felt i couldn't move around at all. and that's what made the labor so painful!<br><br>
my only hope is that i test negative this time. what is it? garlic? how about yogurt and probiotics, or are probiotics bad when you're pregnant?<br><br>
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You may very well test negative.<br><br>
Did you ask them to use EMLA and/or lidocaine to start your IV? It makes a huge difference. When running in the penicillin, they should use lidocaine as well, and run the mainline faster if it's still painful. If the antibiotics are stinging, you need them to run in more slowly or with more fluid behind them.
 

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my midwife told me that if i test post for strep b to take colloidal silver (from health food store). I use ionic or angstrom (unit of measurment much smaller than a colloid) silver.<br><br>
She gave me this sheet and on it says you can take orally echinacea, propolis and goldenseal (follow recommended dosage or see an naturopathic doc).<br><br>
also a vaginal wash with echinacea or golden seal<br><br>
lots of garlic in diet<br><br>
lactobacillus gel caps vaginally<br><br>
lots of vit c<br><br>
lots of water<br><br>
anyhow i think you can get rid of the strep b before labor.
 

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There is a very insightful article on the Mothering website about this. Go to the pregnancy and birth section and then under birth preparation. In my first pregnancy I also tested positive and had to have the IV with antibiotics (although I only had to stay attached for 20 min every 4 hours). After reading this article I will do my best to refuse antibiotics. With everything I have read it seems the amount of bacteria can easily change by what you eat, so you can test positive at 36 weeks, but not be positive when you deliver. I think this is just a huge liability thing for the med. community in the small chance you may pass an infection to the baby, so they are extremely careful. Good luck, hopefully you will test negative and have nothing to worry about (that's what I am hoping for myself.)
 

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You can also refuse the test and then accept antibiotics during labor if you meet one the three risk factors (preterm labor, water broken for long period of time, or fever during labor).<br>
Or you can refuse the test and the antibiotics.<br><br>
Its something you can discuss with your doctor.
 

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My midwife said that there is some sort of vaginal wash (external) that they can use during labor in lieu of IV antibiotics if you test positive and decide you want to do something. I can't remember what it's called, it begins with a "C". Anybody?
 

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Hibiclens? aka chlorhexidine gluconate?
 
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