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anyone on here Group B Strep +

I wasn't + with Owen so I assumed I'd be good this time but I learned at my appointment today that I'm GBS+ and will have to have antibiotics during labor. It really made me mad for a bit but I just decided I'm going to ask for a 30 foot tube so I can still be up and around. :-) For some reason I had it in my head that it was kind of an STD thing but if I didn't have it with Owen and have it now so that's clearly not the case. Weird.

Just wondered. My main concern now is that I'm allergic to penicillin and I've heard that the other types of antibiotics that you can get that aren't penicillin based make you sick. 

True? False? Anything? 

I feel like crap and now I'm freaking myself out. Just slap me and tell me to shut up. This is nothing, but for some reason I'm making it something. 

I wanna tap out. 

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Re: anyone on here Group B Strep +

  • I wasn't with any of the girls BUT my Dr had a backup med ready with Peyton in case I was (they tested me while in the hospital...and I am allergic to penicillin as well).

     Hang in there Nancy :)  OH, and reply to me on FB damn it.

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  • Um yeah, it is not an STD thing....I had it, although I can't speak specifically to penicillin alternatives because I'm not allergic.  They just have to give you antibiotics at certain intervals, and that's essentially it.  My water broke before I had any contractions whatsoever, so I started on the antibiotics shortly after arriving at the hospital.  With antibiotics, the chances of the baby becoming sick are 1 in 4,000.  And the antibiotics will go in through the IV connected to your hand, so you should still be able to move around for sure.  Just make sure they are using saline (or whatever they used) at the same time so that it doesn't hurt/burn at the site of the IV when you are receiving them.

    I think a lot of women must think it is some sort of infection or STD-related thing, because I remember my midwife reassuring me over and over that it wasn't something I did to get it........which kind of cracked me up. 

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  • image robynlynn83:

    I wasn't with any of the girls BUT my Dr had a backup med ready with Peyton in case I was (they tested me while in the hospital...and I am allergic to penicillin as well).

     Hang in there Nancy :)  OH, and reply to me on FB damn it.

    OMG! TO THE BAT CAVE! :-)

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  • I wasn't with Law, but was with Andersen and then again with Ruby.  It's really not that big of a deal.  I had to have a new bag every four hours (so I had two doses).  The only crappy thing about the antibiotics is that they burned like hell going through my veins.  The nurse gave me a hot pack, though, and that helped.

    It shouldn't affect your mobility.  I walked around with my IV stand with no problem.

  • I have been with all 3 kids.  If I remember right, it is just a normal vag thing, but whether it is present or not is their concern.  I know they just gave the antibiotics to me through my iv.  If you don't have the antibiotics it can make baby sick with risks of death.  Just get the iv....its better for baby :)
  • "Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacteria that is found in 10?30% of pregnant women. A woman with GBS can pass it to her baby during labor and delivery. Most babies who get GBS from their mothers do not have any problems. A few, however, will become sick. This illness can cause serious health problems and it can even be life-threatening"

    http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp105.cfm

  • I'm allergic to penicillin too. I had it w/ both girls. They just put some medicine in my iv. I believe it was 2 bags that I got. Not a big deal at all.
  • I had to get the antibiotics too.  I had no stinging and I think each bag took about 30 min to deliver.  A labor and delivery nurse I work with said she had seen babies get really sick from GBS, so the antibiotics were totally worth it for me.
  • With both of my pregnancies I didn't get far along enough to even have the Group B Strep test so I was treated like I had it with both.  I don't know if I'm just a big baby or what, but the pain from the IV antibiotic was probably worse than the labor.  That stuff burned so bad that I was crying from it.  Like PP said, make sure they give you hot packs for it to help relieve some of the pain.  It's not fun, but it's worth it to insure the baby's safety.
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  • Thanks for the input. I didn't realize it was so common.

    I'm not screwing around with this. Don't worry. I'll get the antibiotics. I was just surprised because I thought that since I was - with Owen I would be again. I hadn't actually read about it until just now. I didn't realize how serious it was and I didn't realize that it just happens. Good to know. 

    Thanks for the input. Much appreciated. 

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  • I had it too.  They didn't start the antibiotics until my water broke.  Up until that point, I was moving around and in the whirlpool tub.  The nurse accidentally broke my water at 7 cm, but by then, I was on my way to having E, so I wasn't up moving around anyway.  I honestly don't remember the IV going in, but I think I have a high pain tolerance.  
  • I didn't have it, but ended up getting antibiotics anyway because my water had been broken for so long.  I agree, it did burn, but by that time, I was all "WTFever."

    Sorry, I know that doesn't help at all.  I really just wanted to come in here to tell you I LOL'd at the "I want to tap out."  


  • I had it with all 3 kids as well. I too am allergic to penicillan so I had whatever the alternative is. It never really bothered me- no stinging, never got sick, etc. Because I was induced they started the antibiotics as soon as I was admitted so I could have two full treatments of it.
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  • I had it with DD and am not sure about this one. They induced me so as soon as I got in there they started the antibiotics. I don't remember it hurting at all. I was on Mag due to Pre-E so things are kind of foggy. 
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    I didn't have it, but ended up getting antibiotics anyway because my water had been broken for so long.  I agree, it did burn, but by that time, I was all "WTFever."

    Sorry, I know that doesn't help at all.  I really just wanted to come in here to tell you I LOL'd at the "I want to tap out."  


     

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  • The penicillin that burns so you are outta the woods there... There are other antibiotics that are used so you will be just fine!!!!
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  • image Abby+Chris:
    The penicillin that burns so you are outta the woods there... There are other antibiotics that are used so you will be just fine!!!!
    GOOD LUCK!!!

    Thank ya ma'am! 

    You should have an "Ask a L&D nurse" post each week and we can just ask you all of the dumb random questions we're too chicken to ask our doctors because we know they're dumb. :-)

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  • image mamarazzi:

    I wasn't with Law, but was with Andersen and then again with Ruby.  It's really not that big of a deal.  I had to have a new bag every four hours (so I had two doses).  The only crappy thing about the antibiotics is that they burned like hell going through my veins.  The nurse gave me a hot pack, though, and that helped.

     This.  OMG it did burn like no other, but when I mentioned something to my nurse she just acted like she had never heard of such a thing.  I'm glad I wasn't the only one! 

  • Group B Strep grows naturally in your GI tract, so at some point in time, most women would probably have a higher than normal count there secondary to its close proximity to the rectum.  Simple as that.  Just because you are GBS positive, doesn't mean that you're even at an 'infected' level.  It just means that they found that type of bacteria in the vagina, and they don't want that present when the baby passes through, so they medicate as a prophylaxis. 

    The antibiotic isn't a 'maintenance' fluid so they should be able to just hook you up while its running and then disconnect your IV in between doses.  

     Hope that helps :)  GOOD LUCK!

  • image BreNJay:

    The antibiotic isn't a 'maintenance' fluid so they should be able to just hook you up while its running and then disconnect your IV in between doses.  

     Hope that helps :)  GOOD LUCK!

    Oh! I didn't even think about getting it then being untied! Fabulous. I'll have to ask about that. Thanks. 

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