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Old Sep 7th, 2012, 18:37 PM   11
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It is a hard decision but I will say this, my friend had a terrible experience with group b strep, absolutely no risk factors and a text book pregnancy, she had no idea, had no antibiotics and the outcome was just heart breaking. Take the antibiotics. Xxx



 
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Old Sep 7th, 2012, 18:54 PM   12
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With my second pregnancy the doctor NEVER tested me for STrep B so I wasnt given the IV antibiotics. I was positive with my first baby, and I had antibiotics and the baby was just fine.

With my second one, my poor baby got infected with the bacteria in the birth canal and within half an hour his legs got paralized. I went through hell for 3 years to get my kid better. Tons of hospitalizations, scares, and very poor health.....

I strongly recommend you to get your antibiotics if you tested positive. It saves lives!! This time, I am still early and they havent tested yet if I am positive or not but I am going to ask them to please give them to me anyway. I hope noone has to go through the nightmare we went through, just over a simple antibiotic!!



 
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Old Sep 7th, 2012, 19:54 PM   13
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I just learned the other day that it isn't mandatory everywhere else like it is in the US. In the US we get tested twice for it because the bacteria can come and go, but if you are positive the doctor will set you up with antibiotics before you deliver so that you won't pass it on to your baby. There should be more awareness since it can be very harmful to your baby if it isn't treated properly.



 
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Old Sep 7th, 2012, 21:21 PM   14
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I'm in Canada and I haven't been tested yet, or heard anything about the testing yet - but that might come at my 32 week apt, I'm not sure?

However, you mentioned it being possibly fatal to babies. While this is true, there are more cases where they survive just fine

When I was born, they did not do the testing for it (21 years ago). It ended up that my mom had the infection (doctors only finding out as she was in labour - although she was never actually told until I was born). I was born with Group B Strep as well. I was in NICU (not sure what you call it in the UK) on medication for 10 days then I was released. My mom had no effects from it after taking meds once she gave birth to me. Sorry for my ramble But just wanted to let you know that it isn't always fatal, I survived and I'm prefectly healthy

I'm not sure , but can you be treated for it before LO's born? I'm sure all will work out fine, just think positive - even while it's scary. There are happy endings.



 
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Old Sep 8th, 2012, 03:59 AM   15
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Thanks everyone. I always look into 'drugs' before just taking them on faith, though it takes a lot for me to not have drugs. Similar to injections for baby I guess-I research but need lots of 'cons' before I deny something recommended.
On balance after spending lots of yesterday on the net I'm happy to take the IV drugs, and will do any 'natural' remedies I can alongside as the time nears.

hannahlove apparently there's no point in treating before baby is born as the bacteria has time to regrow, so it's monitored and then treated in labour. Apparently it might just go before then, but I'll still have to have the IV

Statistic wise, it seems the IV reduces the risk of infection by 60%, of the 40% left not all babies get it and most of those that do get it on their skin only. All in all there's a 1:4000 chance baby will get blood poisoning from GBS which is where the disability and possible mortality risk is. So, I'm feeling easier about it all.

Thanks so much for all of your responses and experiences



 
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Old Sep 8th, 2012, 15:32 PM   16
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Its very common! I was testred positive with my first pregnancy howveer that does NOT mean you will test positive with another pregnancy because it comes and goes.

I did not have IV antibiotics during labour, instead I opted for a 2 week course of oral anti-biotics 2 weeks prior to my due date and then carried on taking them till baby was born. (he was 6 days over).

I'll be doing the same again this pregnancy should I test positive again. Howver they dont/shouldnt normally test till later on in pregnancy.



 
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Old Sep 8th, 2012, 17:13 PM   17
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I had Group B strep in my 2nd and 3rd pregnancy. I had antibiotics via a drip during labour in my 3rd pregnancy. I will be swabbed at 34 weeks to see if I have it this pregnancy.



 
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Old Sep 11th, 2012, 11:37 AM   18
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Sadly group B Strep isn't usually mentioned by health professionals in the UK, let alone pregnant women being offered a test for it. However, testing is routine in many other countries, including the US, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Argentina etc. When it's found during pregnancy, mums are offered intravenous antibiotics in labour and this reduces the likelihood of the baby developing GBS infection massively.

As someone said, you can get tested privately in the UK if you're not one of the few hospitals which do the sensitive test - there's info on this on the Group B Strep Support website here.

The UK's National Screening Committee is currently looking at the issue of GBS screening and has opened a public consultation - there's more information on that here. Please comment and let your voice be heard.



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Old Sep 11th, 2012, 11:58 AM   19
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I had routine blood and urine tests at my 8 week booking in appointment, then when I went back to my 16 week appointment my midwife noticed I'd tested positive for strep b and ecoli in my urine, however the docs never contacted me to tell me and treat. She was very annoyed and rang my docs straight away, however my docs wanted another sample to check me again as this was 2 months ago. I'd never heard ofit before and when I read about strep b it scared me nd annoyed that my doctors didnt prescribe me antibiotics 8 week ago!



 
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I had routine blood and urine tests at my 8 week booking in appointment, then when I went back to my 16 week appointment my midwife noticed I'd tested positive for strep b and ecoli in my urine, however the docs never contacted me to tell me and treat. She was very annoyed and rang my docs straight away, however my docs wanted another sample to check me again as this was 2 months ago. I'd never heard ofit before and when I read about strep b it scared me nd annoyed that my doctors didnt prescribe me antibiotics 8 week ago!
they wont prescribe you anti-biotics that early because strep b is not "curable" its just treatable, so if you take anti-biotics for it now...in 5 weeks time you may have it again.

Strep B comes and goes which is why you are treated for it once you are in labour.



 
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