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May 13th, 2013, 06:18 AM
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So during my first pregnancy I tested positive for GBS, got the antibiotic during delivery, all was well. I figured since i was positive the first time they'd skip the test this time and just automatically give me the antibiotic. But i was told at my last prenatal that they will still be doing the test this time around as well. Of course I googled it when i got home lol and apparently you can test positive during one pregnancy and negative during another, like it can come and go. Anyone have this happen to them? I guess my concern is if it comes back negative and i dont need the antiobiotic it'll return in the meantime and my baby could be affected. I'd rather be safe than sorry and just get the antiobiotic. I dont know, am i worrying over nothing? I haven't even had the test done yet lol
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May 13th, 2013, 06:33 AM
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I have to be honest, this whole Group B Strep thing is kind of a mystery to me. I mean, I've done some research about it, but I just don't understand how you can have it at one point, and not at another. Or how, like you said, you can test negative at 37 weeks and be assured that you won't have it when the baby comes. I have an appointment in an hour and a half, and I will be getting my results. If I get any information that makes sense of it all I'll be sure to share it.
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May 13th, 2013, 07:45 AM
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Yeah it's confusing to me too. Thanks, yes let me know how it goes
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May 13th, 2013, 08:25 AM
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I dunno.. I didn't have it with my first 2 but did with my 3rd. Now with a scheduled c/s I'm not sure they'll even test me for it since the baby wouldn't be passing through the birth canal but I am curious to find out if I have it again.

If you test negative then the doc should know what to do but I think you'd be fine w/o the antibiotics if you test neg. But I'm no doctor. GL!
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May 13th, 2013, 08:34 AM
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Well, I was researching about my situation and came across this for you:

False Negatives For Strep B

Seems like there are a lot of false negatives so it may make you feel better to go ahead and have the antibiotic regardless of your results. I'm pretty sure the OB will be ok with that.
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May 13th, 2013, 08:35 AM
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true, i suppose they know what they're doing lol, i just worry!

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Well, I was researching about my situation and came across this for you:

False Negatives For Strep B

Seems like there are a lot of false negatives so it may make you feel better to go ahead and have the antibiotic regardless of your results. I'm pretty sure the OB will be ok with that.
thank you for the info! i have my appt next thursday and i will discuss it with my doc
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May 13th, 2013, 08:36 AM
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You know my Dr said same thing...I could test positive with one and not another but all older people at work never heard of group b and all their kids are grown with kids of their own. My mom has 4 kids and only tested positive with me
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May 13th, 2013, 09:15 AM
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My midwife explained it to me like this: it grows in your intestines, therefore it can make it to the outside of your body with a bowel movement. As women, all that stuff is so close together that it can travel to your vagina and surrounding areas. It's harmless to us, but can cause infections if the baby gets it into it's body during birth. The reason it comes and goes is because it gets cleaned away or our body clears it from the areas it does not need to be. That's why they wait until so close to your due date to do the test. It's also been found that, in general, babies will show signs of an infection before you go home if they HAVE been infected with GBS and the mother hasn't been treated with antibiotics because of a false negative.

That's what the midwife explained to me, not verbatim of course, but as close as I can remember it.
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May 13th, 2013, 09:18 AM
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It changes because you change. Its actually always present. Just the amount and the likely hood of it being transmitted to the baby is low. I have fast labors and would never have enough time for antibiotics. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable. My test is tomorrow.
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May 13th, 2013, 10:26 AM
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I tested positive with my first child 10 years ago. I got the antibiotics and all was fine. I was supposed to have them with my second. I delivered too quickly and could not get properly treated. The only thing I had to do was wait 48 hours after delivery to be discharged. They needed to check him at 48 hours to be sure that he showed no signs. With this pregnancy I had a urine test at around 10 weeks which was positive. I had to take a course of antibiotics. I am not sure what my doc will do at 36 weeks.
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May 13th, 2013, 10:59 AM
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I completely forgot to ask my doctor about it today. Sorry. In fact, I even forgot to ask for the results of my test. I was so concerned about my blood pressure issues that it didn't even cross my mind until I was about half way home. Duh.
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May 13th, 2013, 12:14 PM
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I completely forgot to ask my doctor about it today. Sorry. In fact, I even forgot to ask for the results of my test. I was so concerned about my blood pressure issues that it didn't even cross my mind until I was about half way home. Duh.
lol that's okay! i've been meaning to ask my own doctor all along about it lol just out of curiousity until last week they said they'd be testing again. darn pregnancy brain!! i'll be sure to ask at my next appt since he'll be doing the actual test.

thank you ladies for all the advice and input!
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May 13th, 2013, 08:30 PM
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They way my dr explained it to me that it is always present. She said they test at end of pregnancy to check levels of it because if they are low then they are going to be low when you deliver. I can definitely understand the concern tho.
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