I have this test at my next appointment in 2 weeks. I was negative with my first 3, but I was positive with my 4th, and that makes me nervous that I could be positive again this time. ANyway, I seem to remember people mentioning in the past that there are supplements that can be taken to increase the chance that the test will come out negative. Is this true? Are there things I can eat/not eat that will help? Thanks for any advice!
There is a LOT of information out there about how to pass the GBS test - hibicleans, garlic, etc.
However, there hasnt been anything *proven* that you can do to reduce your chance of being GBS+
and just FYI, in most hospitals (if not all...and I dont know about birthing centers), if you've EVER tested positive for GBS, you (and/or your baby) will be treated as positive even if your screen in this pregnancy is negative.
The risks associated with GBS infections in newborns are horrific. Granted, not every newborn born to a GBS+ mother GETS GBS, but of those who do, if it isnt caught early/treated immediately, it can lead to really bad things including permanent disability or death.
Sorry if I seem alarmist, Im a pediatrician and I've seen the horror stories. in my personal opinion, better to get a little PCN or ancef during labor than have to deal with the outcome if your baby does end up infected with GBS.
I am dealing with GBS at the moment too. Except mine is urinary. IDK what will happen if the oral antibiotics will help me later on or not.
Dylan 4/22/04, Devon 6/24/06,Dorothy 9/13/07, Derek 12/19/09, Daniel 12/18/10, Daphne 2/24/12
Mindie and Mark, 5/16/09
I know it can be bad!!! I don't mind the antibiotics during labor, the problem is, by the time I get to the birth center I usually only have about 1-2 hours of labor left... that means I don't have enough time to get in even a full dose, let alone 2. Also, I'm allergic to penicillin. Again, not a major issue (they can give me something else), but still somewhat of a pain. AND... I was really looking forward to going home and being with my family about 6 hours after the birth, as the average stay after birth at the birth center I'm going to is just 4-6 hours. If I'm positive, then the baby and I will have to stay for 2 days likely... maybe even be transfered to a hospital to make sure the baby is okay. SO, I'd really just like to not be positive!!!
Not to hijack your thread, but what does one do about GBS+ for a homebirth?
I was + with DS, but labor happened too fast to even get the antibiotics in me. I'm also allergic to the entire -cillin family of antibiotics.
I'm not planning a homebirth, but if this one comes as fast or faster than DS, I very well won't make it to the hospital in time.
Well, in the hospital, if mom didnt get adequate GBS treatment, it is standard practice to either:
1. Give the baby a shot of penicillin right after birth
2. Send a blood count and culture to check for infection and keep them there for 48 hours (instead of letting them home at 24)
Im not sure what the homebirth protocol is, but if you go to the hospital anyway, one of the 2 above would happen.
Protocol at home varies on the birth and the midwife.
I hope our international friends will chime in-- but routinely screening for GBS used to be a uniquely North American practice-- and the babies in the UK and Europe and Australia had equally positive birth outcomes (maybe better?)
Yes, GBS is dangerous and can be deadly. But you should also know how it is transmitted and how it isn't. If you are birthing a full term baby, without a fever, without prolonged ROM and limit internal exams and avoid a internal scalp monitor on your baby, then your risk is really really really low. So low that I opted to accept the risk and move on.
The risk of your baby dying from GBS is much lower than the risk of them dying during a routine c-section.
DD 8.03, DD 6.05, DS 3.07, DD 5.09, and DS arrived 6.17.12