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June 11th, 2013, 12:35 PM
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I forget when they test for this! Also, does anyone know if you tested positive in a previous pregnancy if that means you will always test positive after that?
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June 11th, 2013, 01:00 PM
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they test around 36 weeks.

i tested psotive for both my previous kids and have been strep b positive this entire pregnancy, including after 2 doses of anti biotics

they say each pregnancy is different....
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June 11th, 2013, 01:54 PM
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I'm fairly sure it's later for me too. I don't know exactly when.
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June 11th, 2013, 05:34 PM
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I'm fairly sure it's later for me too. I don't know exactly when.
I did mine at 36 but they have you do it yourself and I messed it up somehow lol.
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June 11th, 2013, 05:51 PM
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I did mine at 36 but they have you do it yourself and I messed it up somehow lol.
I never did mine myself
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June 11th, 2013, 06:02 PM
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I never did mine myself
MFF saw the same birth center for her last pregnancy that I'm seeing for this one. I'm assuming she meant "they" as in that specific birth center, not "they" as in all care providers.
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June 11th, 2013, 06:10 PM
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I did some checking-for some reason i thought they did it around 28 weeks!! It is around 36 weeks and they test every pregnancy because your status can change-even within a given pregnancy which is why they wait until 36 weeks. You could be "colonized" earlier but have it go away or not be earlier and have it show up. I hope I am negative this time.
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June 12th, 2013, 10:50 AM
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I didn't know they tested for this.. or at least I don't think I did. I am going to ask at my next appointment!
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June 12th, 2013, 11:33 AM
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Usually they do the test around 36 weeks because they 1) want the results before you are likely to give birth, but 2) Strep B can come and go so they want to test you toward the end so they can be reasonably sure of whether you will or won't have it during birth.

It can come and go during one pregnancy (hence if they test you early on you may not have it at the birth so the results are useless).

It can come and go with different pregnancies as well.

I've had it at the end of pregnancy a couple of times, and not had it a couple of times. I hate it because standard treatment is to hook you up to IV antibiotics for at least 4 hours prior to birth. I definitely think it's wise to do so if you are positive, but it's a bummer. I also like to stay out of the hospital until the last minute, but if I have to be there 4 hours before I give birth, that's a guessing game and means I will be hanging out in the hospital longer which I don't prefer.

It's a simple swab test so they may or may not even tell you before hand because it's so not a big deal.
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June 20th, 2013, 08:28 AM
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Like others have said, its usually done around 36 weeks and can come and go. If you test positive at 36 weeks but want to avoid IV antibiotics during labor, you can try treating it yourself for a week or two and requesting to be retested. Many times, just natural remedies are enough to get rid of it and you can avoid unnecessary intervention
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June 20th, 2013, 10:14 AM
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What natural methods could I use? I really would like to avoid the interventions if I can-especially since I know they will want to get the antibiotics in me asap and have them running for a couple hours before baby is born.
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June 20th, 2013, 10:46 AM
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They test around 35/36 weeks depending on which doctor. I got mine done couple weeks ago, BUT they will be repeating it later on in the pregnancy as some women test negative early on but positive later on.
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June 21st, 2013, 06:58 AM
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What natural methods could I use? I really would like to avoid the interventions if I can-especially since I know they will want to get the antibiotics in me asap and have them running for a couple hours before baby is born.
Probiotics and garlic for sure, I can't remember what else it's been so long lol. Take probiotics orally, and you can get either garlic oil to put up there, or you can tie string around a garlic clove and make a garlic "tampon". Usually a few days of that was enough for our moms at the birth center to retest negative.

Actually, you could start doing this preventatively every few days around 34 weeks to try to avoid getting a positive in the first place if you are worried about it
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