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Has anyone else been Group B Strep positive in a previous pregnancy, but not the current one? I was GBS+ during my first pregnancy 11 years ago, but not in any pregnancy after that one. I was treated, regardless, just because I requested it in the second and third pregnancies. I have a new doctor that does not treat based on past pregnancies and I can understand the reasoning why, but I have to admit it makes me a little nervous. How is this being handled for you?
Last edited by Jinnah; October 1st, 2012 at 12:56 PM.
Even when GBS+, the risk of transmission to baby is low. Of babies that do get infected, only a rare number of them become fatally ill. The majority of them recover with no issues at all. I think treating for GBS when it's not even present is overkill, given how low the actual risk is for those who are GBS+. We all know how over-use of antibiotics is making them less effective for serious infections, so I really don't advocate using them unnecessarily.
I've never been positive, but if I am - my MW recommends using a Hibiclens douche to kill the GBS. The risk of baby becoming infected would be even lower for me because we're doing a waterbirth; baby gets a complete and immediate rinse at birth that way. Some women also add things like tea tree oil to their birth water to help kill any GBS that may be present.
You could always do some natural GBS remedies at home as a precaution if you are nervous. It would not be as invasive as doing the whole IV antibiotic routine when it isn't even necessary.
Thank you for the information. I need to stop worrying about every little thing. I was tested at 35 weeks. How long is that accurate for? I know that you can have it sometimes and not other times, so that is something I keep wondering about.
I do know what Hibiclens is, but I've never heard of douching with it. Any particular way to do it?
The chance of developing GBS between 35 - 40 weeks is very, very low. I wouldn't worry about it!
As for the Hibiclens douche, I have no idea how one would do that - have never needed to!
I think you are right that I don't need to worry. I'm trying not to, but I keep hearing all the horror stories. I was thinking about asking to be retested just to ease my mind, but I'm not sure if that is overboard, ya know?