GBS is a bacteria that can occasionally colonize in a pregnant women. It can occur anytime, and even if you are negative at 36 weeks, you could still have it giving birth. That test is unnecessary in my opinion. While routine antibiotics *may* prevent the baby from getting it (studies are inconclusive) the outcome IF the child get's it isn't improved. In fact, could be worse because the baby will need stronger antibiotics thanks to the introduction of them prematurely.
The website given above is *ok* but it's definitely biased. ABX are not necessary during labor. A tea tree oil suppository or hibiclense every 4 hours is just as, if not more effective, without the side effects/IV.
There aren't really risks to the mom, just the baby. If you have it you can take echinacea, 1000mg vit.c, and garlic capsules. Even use a tea tree oil suppository. These can keep it at bay/prevent the baby from getting it as well.
at 12:34 PM on Apr. 20, 2009