My 37 Week Doctor Visit

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chloesmommy22 - November 14

i went to the doctor a few days ago, and they told me i tested positive for type "b" strep. they said it was a bacteria and if transmtted to my baby it could cause serious illness. they are supposed to give me antibiotics during labor to prevent this. has anyone else had this and what was the outcome? all info is apppreciated

 

Tory1980 - November 15

I have heard of it, my friend had it with her last baby. She was given anti-biotics during the labour and the baby was given a dose after the birth and both she and her daughter are fine. No effects from it at all. Her little girl turned a year old a few weeks ago.

 

lunamoo - November 15

Hi there. I tested negative with my first and positive with my second (now 7 months). I discussed with my midwife in depth, did lots of reading and realized that a home birth was STILL in our best interests. Strep B is a lot of hype. Pumping you up with antibiotics is not good and useless if you give birth quickly. I say, do your research and make your own conclusion. In the UK they do not even test for it regularly. Basically if your water breaks you should give birth within 18 hours. If you have a fever during labor your risk heightens. You can monitor your baby the first few weeks and act accordingly if you have doubts. Good luck!

 

Franny - November 15

I agree with Lunamoo, I too tested positive and did my research and concluded that the pharmaceutical companies made LOTS of money on this one. They only give you antibiotics every 4 hours and you need several doses to actually have full effect, so if you have a labor under 4 hours, what is the point to pump you up with a half a__sed dose...? MONEY

 

wantanotheraftertr - November 15

I myself would do anything I could to prevent my child from becomming infected! The antibiotics have been very helpfull to women with it. I have heard of babies becomming very sick with moms who have it. Thats why they test for it in the US! Good luck to you and try not to worry about it with the antibiotics your baby will be healthy!

 

angelgabby84 - November 15

Hi there! I have strep b. I was told during my last pregnancy. It is transfered through saliva and things like that and a lot of people have it. It only becomes a problem when you are pregnant with strep b. It does not hurt you or make you ill in any way but if transfered to the baby during childbirth it can cause problems the main one i believe to be meningitis. That is why if you have it you will be given antibiotics when in labour to prevent pa__sing it on the baby. Otherwise the baby will need antibiotics after which is not so nice. I went into premature labour on my first and didnt have antibiotics because they just wanted to get her out. She only lived for six hours and yes not having the antibiotics contributed to her being very sick together with the fact that she was very very small. There is nothing to worry about now you know you are group b strep as long as you get the antibiotics. Good Luck to you x x

 

angelgabby84 - November 15

Oh and I have been using this forum for over a year and I hate answering this question because people get so angry when they think you are wrong. I love in the UK by the way and I was tested without even knowing and so was everyone else I know who just had a baby (9 people to be exact). Apparently it is not routinely tested for everywhere in the UK but I have not met one person over the last four years who has not been tested for it here. Maybe it is because of where i live - I dont know. But I really am sick and tired of people thinking that it is not tested for in the UK. and I appreciate that everyone makes there own decisions but who in their right mind would put their baby at risk by having a home birth knowing that they have strep b. Thats all i have to say

 

angelgabby84 - November 15

This is the point where people say 'oh but you dont have to pay for your medical care'! No I dont! But i can tell you now even if i did have to pay i would just to be sure that my baby was not at risk. Maybe losing a child changes my opinion but i can a__sure you when i give birth next year i will be having the antibiotics whether i have to pay or not. I probably will have to pay because we are trying to transfer to private care as we speak.

 

angelgabby84 - November 15

That is actually all i have to say!!!

 

Franny - November 15

do the/your research. my god all the hype!

 

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