Seeking Other Moms Tested for GBS (Group B Strep)

Updated on September 27, 2006
H.B. asks from Saint Paul, MN
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I Just learned that I tested positive for Group B strep, I've heard that as long as I get pennicillian during labor that the baby should be fine. Wanted to hear from other mothers who have gone thru the same thing?

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J.H.

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H. - My dr says that if they tested everyone enough we'd all be positive for group B eventually. I was negative with my daughter but positive with my son (he's now 3). It really was NO big deal. I just got a bag or two of antibiotics when I got to the hospital and all was perfect.

Good luck with the new baby - you'll be great :-)

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S.

answers from Milwaukee on

I also tested positive for GBS and my son is now 22 months old and he is a perfectly healthy little boy. You have nothing to worry about. Just relax and enjoy every minute.
S.

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N.

answers from Minneapolis on

Nothing to worry, when you go the delivery room, just remind them that you have Group B strep , they will give you the medication and it will be fine. I also had this for my first pregnancy , everything went fine. Don't worry!
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Neelima

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A.V.

answers from Minneapolis on

I had that when i delivered my son now 4 and he turned out wonderful. Just make sure to tell them that as soon as you get to the hospital when you are in labor so they know even though it is on your chart. A reminder will make you feel 100 time better.

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T.S.

answers from Madison on

Hi H.,
This is very common in women, as long as your doctor knows about it everything will be ok. Here is some information for you. I hope it helps.

THE REAL RISKS OF GROUP B STREP (GBS)

So many expectant mothers find out during the last few weeks of pregnancy that they have tested positive for Group B Strep, and they wonder what this means for them and their baby. What kind of risk does this hold for their baby? This paper will hopefully help you understand the risks of GBS.

Here are the real risks of GBS if we take the “worst case
scenario” according to various estimations...
If 40% of women have GBS...and those who have GBS have a 1
in 200 chance (according to the CDC) of having a baby infected
with GBS.

That means that even if we DON'T screen a woman for GBS...the
odds that her baby will be infected is .2%.
Of the babies that are infected (.2%), those infected with early onset (75% of them) brings the total percentage of babies in the general population who, if mom were not screened and no antibiotics at ANY time were given, that would contract early onset GBS...we're at .15% of babies who would contract GBS at all.

Continuing on...assuming we didn't screen at all, didn't give
antibiotics, did nothing at all...the percentage of babies who
would be born, contract early onset group B strep, and would die from this infection....we're at the last figure of .0225%
(or 1 in 4444 babies in the general public without screening)

So...if we didn't culture any women in this country...being as
pessimistic as the numbers allow...only .0225% of babies
are mortally at risk from early onset GBS, and only
.15% of any babies would be expected to even contract
early onset GBS.

What increases the risk?
There are certain conditions that we know increase the risk to a baby of a GBS+ mother. Those conditions are…
* Previous baby colonized with GBS
* Preterm birth (<37 weeks)
* Premature Rupture of Membranes (<37 weeks)
* Rupture of membranes during labor 18 hours or more
before delivery
* A fever during labor of >100.4

What is done if I test GBS+?
There are three basic options that you may be able to choose from.
* Antibiotics in labor to prevent the transmission
of GBS to the newborn.
* Antibiotics in labor if mom presents with risk
factors (listed above)
* Watch baby for signs such as fever or
breathing difficulties and treat the baby with
antibiotics if s/he show signs of infection

The current CDC recommendations are that all pregnant women
should be routinely screened for GBS between 35-37 weeks of
pregnancy, all women who test GBS+ should be given antibiotics
during the course of their labor, and all women whose GBS status is unknown should be treated with antibiotics only if they develop risk factors.


T. Soderling, Doula
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E.H.

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H....
I have not read any other responses to your query, so I apologize if this is duplicate info!
GBS is a naturally ocurring bacteria in 25-40% of women. It is NOT an STD and, in most cases, has no effect on the health of its carrier. That being said, I am a mom of 3 and was GBS positive myself. The first time around I was also freaked out. But, the 2nd and 3rd times, I opted to not be tested and just be treated in labor. It means having an IV of antibiotic every 4 hours in labor. It takes about 15 or 20 minutes for the meds to run in and that's it! The good thing, I thought, about testing positive is that you are required to stay the full 48 hours so the baby can be observed (if you get the meds in labor the chances that the baby will get sick are very very small--and the chances are still small even if you don't get the meds.) So, you won't feel like anybody is trying to run you out of the hosp early!
good luck and try not to worry!
E. H. CD (DONA)

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D.P.

answers from Minneapolis on

i have the same thing and have delivered 2 healthy babies. it is pretty common and you dont know you have it until you are ready to have a baby. if you are having poticin, epidural etc...it is just another thing they put in your iv. if your water breaks, you will be admitted to the hospital right away as they need to start the medicine asap. they may also keep you longer (a couple hours or a day) to monitor the baby for any ill effects.

good luck, dont be scared, it is not huge deal!!

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C.C.

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I tested positive for it, and had no problems at all. They load you up with antibiotics during delivery, and it very rarely causes any complications. The only thing it affected in my case was that despite a normal vaginal delivery I stayed in the hospital a full 48 hours so they could keep an extra eye on my son, who was perfectly healthy and continues to be so, to this day.

Good luck!

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V.B.

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I had group B strep with my last 2 of my 3 pregnancies. It wasn't a big deal at all......they just hook up an IV and give you some fluids....no pain. My friend had group B strep with her daughter and from the time she got to the hospital she gave birth in 14 minutes, and it was still enough time for them to hook the meds up.....rushing it, but they did it. So far it is pretty common, but I haven't heard of anyone personally having a problem with it.

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T.Z.

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Hi H. -

I too tested positive. First, I just wanted to say that you are lucky that your OB tests for this - because some clinics do not. Really, the only thing to remember is that when you go into labor to tell the nurses that you tested positive so that they can give you pennicillian (I think they want you to have it at least 1 hour before the baby is born). I have 2 happy, healthy little boys and I have a couple of friends that were in the same situation and all had perfect little children. I did have 1 friend whose clinic did not test and she had Group B (and she had it), her baby was in ICU for treatment, but ultimately ended up just fine! Congrats on your upcoming baby!!

T.

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D.P.

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H.,
I know when you are pregnant it is scary to think that you have tested positive to something. I am a mother of two and with my first child I was postive to GBs also. It is minor and with the proper care upon delivery you have nothing to worry about. I am sure that your dr. told you that if you feel like to you leaking any amniotic fluid to go to the hospital and be checked, it is as I was told very important to make sure that if you have broken your water and/or leaking that you get to the hospitial so the can get you your penicilian. I know that it sounds scary but really w ith everything else that is going on when you are deliverying you will not notice. I know it sounds scary but it really is something minor that your dr and nurse staff will take care of and you will barely notice. One more thing if you do not deliver with the hospitial your dr is at for some reason let them know that you tested positive for the GBS. I hope that I did not scare you and your husband any more and that you can feel that you are not the only one at there. I know losts of women who have had several pregnancies where they have tested positive for the GBS for one pregnancy and not the other. Also my daughter is fine and had no complications, and all of the other babies I know are happy healthy kids too. Best Wishes to you and I hope i was able to make you feel a little bettter.

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J.G.

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I also was tested positive for GBS through both pregnancies. It's really nothing to worry too much about. They should give you an IV of anti-biotics during labor & delivery so it does not get passed to the baby. That's about the extent of it.
I know it can be hard the first time you have a baby, I was alone the first time. We wish you luck!

~J.~

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L.S.

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As long as you follow what the doctor says, you'll be fine. I tested positive for GBS, received antibiotics during labor and there has NOT been any negative effects on either my son nor I.

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R.

answers from Minneapolis on

I was GBS positive w/ my first one. I had to be induced so getting the penicillin wasn't a problem. They just added it to the pitocin IV. Everything was fine. A friend of mine was also positive at the same time and she received 2 doses before she delivered and her baby was fine as well. It sounds really scary at first, but as long as you get the antibiotics while you are in labor don't worry. I was freaked out at first too.

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T.K.

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Don't worry about it. I had it & was treated just before I gave birth & my daughter is fine. My doctor told me it it quite common. Good luck & congratulations!

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S.

answers from Minneapolis on

Hi H. - I just had my first baby 13 months ago - I was also positive and I was a little worried too - I ended up having a super fast delivery, which also really surprised me since that was the last thing I expected with a first baby! - They did not have time to give me the antibiotic, but my daughter was super healthy anyways and it all turned out just fine. They watched her very closely which I thought was a positive, and they also gave me extra monitoring and let me stay the full 48 hours with no pressure to leave early. So, even in the worst case scenario where nothing was done for lack of time, it was not a problem at all.

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J.D.

answers from Minneapolis on

H.,

I had group B strep and I think that caused my go go into labor three weeks early. Everything was fine and I went in early to start my meds and Elsie was healthy and didn't need any extra medical help being she was early.
Good Luck Jenny

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K.G.

answers from Minneapolis on

I didnt get tested with my 1st son (now 15 yrs old) but my water started leaking out and I didnt know that is what it was. It leaked for 3 days before I had labor pains and went to the hospital. My son was born with the group b strep and had to spend 10 days in the NICU where he got antibodics. From the infection he has some learning disabilities b/c is causedd some brain damage. The doctors said b/c of my water leaking it caused him to have a bowel movement and he swallowed some of it. So I think you should be fine if you get the antibodics before you deliver. Plus watch that your not leaking any fluid so the baby dont devolope any infections. With my next 2 kids I got the antibodics just as a precaution, but they were born just fine with no infections.

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H.D.

answers from Milwaukee on

with my first 8.5 years ago i went to st. mary's clinic so i did not have a regular ob. they had told me that i also had group strep b and that as soon as i went into labor i had to get to the hospital for the antibiotics. i was young and did what i was told, i had wanted a natural labor, but soon found out that wasn't going to be the case. they put me on the iv immediately. this was akward because i then had to wheel around the iv pole the whole labor hooked up to tubes and bags. my labor slowed, oh and was back labor was difficult with the iv pole too. but as my labor slowed so did my progression and then a rude doctor during a vag exam streached me another cm. i would have kicked her but i was in so mych pain, so my mom just yelled at her and requested another ob on call. our son was born with no complications from the gsb... 3 mos ago we had our 2nd. my ob didn't test for the gsb as i was + the 1st time. he said when i told him of my 1st experience that he was sorry and that this time would not be like that. and he was true to his word. he told me that i did not hgave to come in imediately, just to come in when i couldn't stand the pain anymore. he said that as long as i had 2 doses b4 delivery i would be fine. he also said that i didn't have to wear the iv pole. the only prob here was that after having it off for so long the vein had colapsed a little around the catheter and they had to flush the line a little. there was a little pressure and a little pain associated with this but not unbearable!! i stayed home with my second till i was 6 cm, and took the epidural at 7.5 b4 they broke my water. my ob said that some people opt to not have the iv antibiotics, because it lowers the already low risk to baby only a little. our son was born healthy. he did have a slight feaver and it could have been a lot of things besides the gsb, i also had meconium in my water. make sure you ask a lot of questions, know your rights as to when to say no to something. the hospital for liability purpouses wants you on an iv the whole time, but your ob can request they cap it between antibiotic doses. this labor was so much nicer. i was much happier this time as i was more educated on the subjects, had a birth plan and discussed my wants and needs B4 the actual delivery. my labor never slowed nor did i stop progressing. and i was not uncomfortable walking or repositioning. i am sure that was a key factor in my good experience. good luck and don't worry too much!!--H.

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L.R.

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I had Group B Strep with my second baby and not with my first. It is nothing to get stressed out about. It's not your fault. It doesn't mean you're dirty or anything like that. It can come and go throughout your life and you'll never even know. It's only a problem for child birth and since the doctor already knows you have it, problems with the baby can be easily prevented.

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B.S.

answers from Eau Claire on

As a mother of ten...six still living at home....I in recent years have studied herbs and what they can more safely do for my family to either relieve or avoid ills of different kinds. Actually my 25 yr. old daughter (and a new mother) discovered "Oil of Oregano" capsules at our local natural store and they are the best natural antibiotic there is....even better than garlic capsuls. If anyone has any exceptions to that...let me know; but "Oil of Oregano" capsuls have really done a lot of wonderful things for our family when they had infections.

Hope your delivery goes well....my daughter's did on Aug. 5.
8 of my 10 children were born at home and I felt a ton of less hindrance from others outside our family having them that way. Only one was breach...born fine at home and a healthy 14 yr. old son today.

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K.W.

answers from Green Bay on

Hi H.! I also tested positive when I was pregnant with my son. From what I understand it is pretty common to have GBS. All they did for me was put some antibiotic in my IV line and everything was fine!!! Good luck!!
K.

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N.C.

answers from Minneapolis on

Yes I tested positive for it too. I was realy worried about it, but found out it is not a big deal. They just give you a shot during labor and there is no problems with the baby. Thank goodness for western medacine!!!

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T.S.

answers from Minneapolis on

I am a labor and delivery nurse and I also tested positive with my second child. We mainly treat you with penicillin as a precaution. Up until a few years ago we didn't even test everyone for GBS. We would only treat if there were risk factors such as preterm, water broken for a prolonged period of time, etc. Now we test everyone and it seems like at least half of our patients seem to be positive! Ideally we like to get the antibiotic in at least 4 hours before you deliver but sometimes there just isn't time. In those cases we look at all the factors and sometimes we have you stay for 48 hours so that we can watch the baby closer. Being that it's your first baby, you're probably better off staying 48 hours just for the peace of mind and all the teaching that needs to be done anyway. :-) Your doctor should have information that they can give you too that should answer all of your questions and how your hospital treats it. So, try not to worry about it too much and enjoy these last days before baby comes. :-)

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J.

answers from Minneapolis on

Hi H.,

I also tested positive for GBS with my youngest. I was scared at first too but as soon as I went into labor and got to the hospital and was in active labor they hooked my up to an IV and I had pennicillian up until I delivered. My daughter came out just fine and had no problems what-so-ever. My only advice is to tell them as soon as you get to the hospital in case your doctor forgets to put it in your notes. The hospital was already aware of mine but I told them just to be sure. If you have any other concerns or questions feel free to email me.

J.

J.O.

answers from Minneapolis on

H. ~
I was diagnosed with GBS w/my daughter in 1999. I did not know anything about it and received very little information from the attending who discovered it. I lived 30 miles from the closest hospital so when I started to have contractions I would go in and I had several visits, one visit was one week before she was born. I am allergic to penicillin so I don't know what antibiotic they gave me. I know that it is through an IV and the nurse was trying to put it in inbetween contractions which sucked. My daughter was born natural delivery w/o pain meds (2 hour labor) and she had/has no complications from this. She was diagnosed w/sensitive gag reflux during her second day and sleep apnea. This was not related to the GBS but may be related to my complicated pregnancy and the fact that she was only 5 lbs. 2 oz. That and gag reflux happens to run in my family. I don't know if this helps much, but do research it, things may have changed.
J.

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B.

answers from Minneapolis on

GBS can cause sepsis (systemic infection) in newborns and it is relatively common that moms are colonized (but harmless to mom). They only started to screen moms for it a few years ago. Just make sure that you get to the hospital in time to get a dose of antibiotics at least 4 hrs prior to delivery (preferably more--you'll get a dose every 4 hrs until delivery). Nothing to worry too much about! (And even if you don't get the antibiotics, the rate of newborn infection is only a couple percent.)

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T.W.

answers from Minneapolis on

Hi H.,
I too tested positive for GBS with my 2nd child - I was worried as well. I talked to my nurse/doctor after receiving my results and they put me at ease. DO NOT research it on-line - it will completely freak you out. Trust your healthcare provider.

When I went into labor, I was worried again, but no one even blinked an eye at the positive reults. Rest assured that the pennicillian used during labor will take care of your worries. Just be sure that somewhere in your files the info. is there at the hospital. I think I told the nurses during labor and they just hooked up the IV. No problems with anything... good luck with your labor and congratulations!

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H.G.

answers from Green Bay on

You shouldn't be too worried about it, I had Group B strep with my daughter, now 3 1/2 years, they hooked me up to an IV and I received the antibiotics before I delivered, everything turned out fine. I just had my second, our son, in April and I tested negative for the strep B and didn't need anything so it can even differ with each pregnancy. Good luck to your new family!!

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A.N.

answers from Appleton on

I know how you feel, there is little info out there on group b
i had it too, the doctor didnt explain much, and i was so worried, but its fine. they hook you up to an iv, and you have to stay the full 3 days in the hospital, but our baby was very healthy, its just a procaution they must take. everything went fine in fact when my water broke i went to the hospital and the nurses told me it would be several hours before id deliver, they wanted to send me home but my doctor told them to let me stay because of the group b, so in a way it was a good thing because i didnt want to leave and i got the last nice maternity room availible.
youll be fine good luck

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C.B.

answers from Minneapolis on

I am Group B Strep Positive. They give you Penicillan during delivery. If they don't, there is a chance that your baby can get meningitis, which is very serious... although I think the chance is low.

They run it through an IV and it kind of hurts when the Penicillan goes in, so tell them you want them to put Lidocaide in it. Also, have your birth partner get you a hot towel to put on your arm (it helps ease the pain).

The only positive thing I got out of having Group B Strep is that they wouldn't send me home once I got to the hospital, even though the labor stopped for an hour. They had already put the IV in, and they didn't want to risk me having the baby at home without antibiotics.

The only people that have to worry about Group B Strep are people in 3rd World countries that don't have access to the antiobiotics needed during delivery.

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J.M.

answers from Minneapolis on

I was strep B postive with my last pregnancy, but not my first. I ended up having to get induced because I went so quickly with my first. They wanted to induce me to make sure I got the penicllin in my system before the baby was born. I went fine, but I did notice that the pencillin seemed to make my newborn fussy for a few day until it was out of her system. Good luck!!

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M.F.

answers from Minneapolis on

I tested positive for this as well...While I still am unsure of what exactly it is or how it affects either mom or baby... However, I have a healthy 8 month old son. My labor was so quick (2.5 hours) so I was worried that they didnt give me the medication, but indeed I got it and we are both very healthy. Ask plenty of questions, everything will be fine. Congrats!

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M.

answers from Madison on

Hi H.,

I was also GBS positive with my son. I was given an antibiotic (not penicillin, I'm allergic) early in my labor to help prevent complications to my son, and you're right, this is usually the first thing done. It also takes a smart and careful pediatrician to keep close eye for the first few days. Our pediatrician came to see him both days I was in the hospital and had me make a clinic appointment for him on the third day as well.

All was fine with him but to be on the safe side I might talk to your pediatrician if you haven't already, just to give a heads up that you tested positive and early signs and symptoms you should watch for in the first few days.

Hope all is well for you in this exciting time!
M. L.

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T.

answers from Minneapolis on

I am a labor and delivery nurse and so many people test + it is very common. This is a bacteria that is "normal" for some people's make up, just as we all have bacteria as a normal part of us. This is not a problem for people who have it, although for thier babies who have a lower resistance MIGHT have a problem with it. All we do is give you antibiotics during labor and use you as a vehicle to give the baby a couple of doses of antibiotic. After the baby is born we just observe baby for possible signs of infection. This has been around since the dawn of time, but just started routinely testing for it @ 10 years ago to catch a treat the very small % of babies that might get sick from this. Hope this helps!
FYI you will be staying the whole 48 hour stay but unless your baby shows signs of any infection everything should be as if you had tested neg. Don't get worried, just do the antibiotics in labor and everything will be fine! It is no big deal, and they can even cap your IV line between doses as they are only every 4 hours and last only 15-30" at most! Good luck on your delivery!

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D.W.

answers from Madison on

Hi H.,
I had my first child in May and was also Group B strep positive. I know it is hard but I would say right now don't worry about it. At the beginning of my labor they gave me an IV for the pennicillian and that really was about it. During labor there is so much else going on you won't have time to worry about it. The only down side is you are hooked up to the IV. Everything went fine for me and my son was born healthy with no problems and is still healthy today. I know there are a ton of things I worried about during my first pregnancy, I tried to not let this one (since there is nothing you can do anyway) be one of them. Try not to worry, I know it is easier said than done. Good luck and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!

D.

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L.S.

answers from St. Cloud on

When I had my daughter over 18 years ago, they didn't routinely test mothers like they do now. I went into labor 2 months early and while stopping my labor, a neo-natal specialist finally thought to test me. They started the antibiotics then as well as meds to stop my labor. They said this bacteria is present in over 90% of all women but only activates during pregnancy in some of those women. I wish they had of tested my sooner b'cuz I was very sick during my pregnancy. My daughter, although born 6 1/2 weeks early and spending 10 days in N.I.C.U., was a very healthy baby girl. She weighted 4'11 but breathed on her own and had no major health problems. She is now pregnant herself and was just asking my the other day about "What I had when I was pregnant with her". I don't know what they have learned about it over all these years but hope that all goes well for you as it did for me and my daughter. God bless you both.

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L.A.

answers from Minneapolis on

I also tested positive with my second child. I was very worried and all the stuff on the internet scares you half to death. All I can say is dont worry! My first child was a very fast delivery, so I was more worried about not having time to get the antibiotics in me. My dr's had no concerns at all-which I think worried me even more. They did schedule to induce me but I went into labor the day before. Everything worked out fine.
I have known a lot of people who have tested positive and one friend who did not have time for the antibiotics and the babies have ALL been fine. I know there is always a chance of something happening, but I think it is very slim. Im not a dr. but hopefully this info will help. Take the stuff you read with a grain of salt. Its always the what ifs.....Thats what life is full of. Enjoy your pregnancy.

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J.W.

answers from Minneapolis on

Hi H.,

I was tested for the GBS and went into labor before the result came back. As a precaution, they gave me an IV of antibiotic during labor. Never caused any problem for me or my baby. It is very common and nothing to be really concerned about. If you have any specific concerns, you should talk with your doctor.

Hope this helps,
J. - Mom to a wonderful 17 month old son.

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A.J.

answers from Minneapolis on

H., I tested for the GBS as well. They were not able to give the the antiboitics as I had to have an emergancy C-section. But they did give my baby, who is almost 3 months along now, antibotics for precoution and he is fine and healthy now, and did not get the GBS at all. Though I did not think that he would since he came out via, C-Section. I know that it can be so worrisome when you have your first baby.. Congrats, and enjoy every quite moment, and enjoy spending time with your husband before the little one comes... :)

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G.

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I had strep b when I was pregnant with my son 8 years ago. They gave me medication (I don't remember if it was before or after he was born, but I think it was before) But everything went fine. He is a healthy 8 year old boy who likes basketball & riding his bike. Good Luck, everything wil be fine.

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P.

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Hi H.,
I have had three children, and the first two I was negative. Then my most recent pregnancy, this past spring, I tested positive. I was worried too, but all the nurses/doctors and friends I talked to said it was no big deal - the antibiotic is merely a precaution, especially if you are past 37 weeks when you deliver. The main thing I will tell you is to just remind the nurses when you go in to deliver that you tested positive, in case they forget to ask. I had the IV antibiotics and it all went just fine. Good luck with your delivery!

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A.G.

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Hi H. - I just had my first baby in Nov last year and I was also GB positive. My water broke at home, so we just made our way to the hospital where they confirmed that, yes I was indeed in labor and gave me the IV antibiotics. I was super squeamish about the IV, but that was no big deal at all - they gave a topical anesthetic so it wasn't painful. I ended up having an epidural so you need an IV anyway, so it was one less poke I needed later in the labor. Bubs was fine and so was I :)

Good luck.

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P.L.

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I tested positive for GBS with my daughter in 2004. I am allergic to penicillin and so I was given another antibiotic. It dries your mouth out during labor and leaves a disgusting after taste (though it was given via an IV) but it went well and my daughter was fine. No need to worry. Just get all of the rest that you can because labor is long and tiring. Good Luck and Congratulations.

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