GBS+ already?!

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heatherliz2002's picture
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GBS+ already?!

Okay, so I am trying to calm down after a major freak out. My midwife call about 30 minutes ago to tell me that she got the results of my blood work, etc. and that everything was fine except that my urine was positive for GBS. She said that this meant I'm colonized with it, and that this means I'm considered GBS+ for the entire pregnancy. She called me in an antibiotic now (which is always complicated by the fact that I'm allergic to penicillin) and I will have to be treated for it in labor.

Of course while I was on the phone with her I kind of froze and didn't ask any questions. So I google it when I get off the phone and of course everything that I read starts making me panic. I called my FIL who is an OB (I know I could have called my midwife back, but considering that I could barely stop crying enough to talk, I decided it would be less embarrassing to talk to someone who's family) to find out just how worried I should be. He said it's no big deal and I shouldn't worried at all, that everything will be fine. He said I should just take the antibiotic and then forget that it even happened. I'm going to try to take his advice, since I know that worrying isn't going to make a difference either way.

I'm just bummed that this is happening already and I'm already having to think about changing my plan for when I'm in labor (I'll have to go to the hospital sooner). On the other hand, maybe it's best to find out now so I have lots of time to prepare and feel comfortable with the alternative? Other than the annoyance of having to go to the hospital sooner, I'm not really worried about the IV. I was GBS+ for DD, and other than hating the way the IV felt, it wasn't a big deal. They do a hep lock, so I'm only hooked up to it for the 20 minutes or so that it takes to administer the antibiotics. I'm more concerned with getting an effective antibiotic. With DD, their first choice was penicillin (which I'm allergic to), they tested the culture with their second choice and the culture was resistant to it, so I ended up with a third choice antibiotic. That doesn't exactly inspire confidence. So here's hoping that the antibiotic they're giving me now works, and that whatever antibiotic I end up with in labor works. I just hate the added stress.

If you've read this far, congratulations- you have finished the novel. And thank you for listening. I'm just worried and disappointed.

melloyellochelle's picture
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:bighug:

I know... stupid GBS+. I haven't been tested yet but my chances of having it are higher since I was + with DD. I know plenty of mamas that still labor at home as long as they want, and just go in when they feel ready. Then they can monitor baby, as they will anyway. I don't know all the numbers but I'm pretty sure the risk of baby getting it is fairly small - but big enough to do something prophylactically. BUT! That's something *you* have to consider and weigh. :/ Not an easy choice.

The only thing that I didn't know is that they give antibiotics before labor for it?? I don't remember that with DD. Hmmmm...

heatherliz2002's picture
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It's because it was in my urine. It means that I'm "heavily colonized" or something like that. It means that it's worked its way into my bladder which should be a sterile environment. So they have to treat it now, check at my next appointment to make sure that the treatment is working, continue checking throughout my pregnancy, treat if necessary, and then treat again when I'm in labor. It's more serious than if it were just the 37 week swab.

melloyellochelle's picture
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Ooohh gotcha! I'm sorry you have to go through that though. I hope it clears up and stays that way for you. KUP for sure.

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GBS status can change, even if it's in your urine now. That's why they do swabs around 36 weeks, because they like to have a result from the previous month before the baby's born. If it's longer than that, the result might not be accurate.

I would still ask for a swab/re-test around 36 weeks, but if you're ok with having the IV in labour, then maybe you'd rather not. Either way I wouldn't stress about it too much! Lots of women are GBS positive and the vast majority have completely healthy babes, many of them not even knowing their status and not having antibiotics.

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Oh wow - so sorry Sad I just found out that I'm GBS + too - and I'm also allergic to penicillin. I've been pretty nervous about it too. I'm sure everything will work out for both of us - but yes, I was pretty stressed about it in the beginning too!

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I had the exact same thing happen to me with DD2. I tested positive for GBS at my 8 week checkup in the urine culture. Took an antibiotic at that time and was considered "colonized" from there on out. At 36 weeks they refused to even swab me, just said I was already considered colonized and regardless of the results they would still give me abx in labor. I ended up having a two hour labor and delivering her in my car, so needless to say I did not get the abx, and DD2 was perfectly healthy.

Good luck - I know how stressed out and confused I was when they called me after my 8 week appointment and told me that I needed abx now AND in labor. And I'm not really fond of abx in labor so I was pretty upset about that. Of course, my body solved that little dilema for me! lol

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I have been negative with all my kids and this exact thing happened to me this time. With everything else it is low on my list of worry events. I am sorry though. I hope you are able to get retested later on.

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You should ask your Dr. if they can give you a Rx for the antibiotics in pill form when you get closer to your due date. That way you can take the first does at home instead of rushing to L&D. That way you could labor at home longer.

My MW gave me 2 doses to have on hand in case I go into labor before my results get back. Your OB may refuse, but it might be worth asking.

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"rmacburn" wrote:

GBS status can change, even if it's in your urine now. That's why they do swabs around 36 weeks, because they like to have a result from the previous month before the baby's born. If it's longer than that, the result might not be accurate.

I would still ask for a swab/re-test around 36 weeks, but if you're ok with having the IV in labour, then maybe you'd rather not. Either way I wouldn't stress about it too much! Lots of women are GBS positive and the vast majority have completely healthy babes, many of them not even knowing their status and not having antibiotics.

Yep, that.

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Thanks everyone. It's really nice to hear from some other people who've experienced this. I was GBS+ with DD when they did the swab at 37 weeks, but this is slightly different, and everything I've been reading has said that it can cause stillbirth, preterm labor, etc. and I got really freaked out. I'm sure that my midwife will test me again at the end of the pregnancy if I ask her to. If I understood her right on the phone the other day, she's going to continue to test me throughout the pregnancy. Right now I'm mainly concerned with the antibiotics doing their job. I'm also a little worried about having an allergic reaction- because of my penicillin allergy there's a chance I could react to this medication as well. I just took the first dose this morning... hoping for the best!

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If this round of antibiotics knocks it out, and if it stays gone the rest of the pregnancy, then there's absolutely no way I would agree to antibiotics during labor. I would presume (and rightly so!) that the negative tests are accurate, and if you're GBS- then you don't need antibiotics during labor. However, I would also be open to the idea of taking them during labor in the case of prolonged ROM or if I developed a fever, i.e. don't be stupid to take them when not necessary, but also don't be stupid not to take them if it is.

Don't forget to add some good probiotics while you're taking the antibiotics, so you don't end up with a raging yeast infection or thrush.

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I'm so sorry. How frustrating. I'm glad you are being treated right now and hope that the antibiotic ends up being okay for you. I have no advice, just empathy.

heatherliz2002's picture
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Thanks!
I definitely have no problem pushing to be tested at the end of the pregnancy to find out if I will need the antibiotics while I'm in labor, but honestly that's so far down the road at this point that it's not where my focus is at the moment. If I need them, it's not really a big deal, and if I don't, even better! I'm just nervous about the antibiotics working right now so that no harm is done to the baby before delivery is even an option. I appreciate the support from you ladies! I had never heard of this being an issue so early in the pregnancy, so it took me by surprise!