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Moms? While pregnant have you been tested for strep that can be passed by vaginal birth? When my kids were born a good while back, it was not routine. Is that a routine test now?

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lfl

Asked by lfl at 11:31 AM on Oct. 22, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • It was for me on both births 2005 & 2007
    jenree33

    Answer by jenree33 at 11:32 AM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • uh huh it is a routine test they do. here are some links i have handy because i am going to do all i can to avoid antibiotics during labor for my baby's sake :)

    http://www.home4birth.com/pregnancy/special-circumstances/group-beta-strep/
    http://www.hpakids.org/holistic-health/articles/172/1/Treating-Group-B-Strep
    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/542430_4
    http://www.blackhillsportal.com/dbs/womankind/files/File/GBS_information.pdf
    http://rixarixa.blogspot.com/2008/01/group-b-strep-information.html
    http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/garlic.asp
    http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/gbs.html
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:36 AM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • Yes, same for me, 2005 and 2007 as well...I tested positive the first time, so I had antibiotics and no problem, second time I was negative.
    gramsmom

    Answer by gramsmom at 11:39 AM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • For some care providers it is. Some providers do not do them unless the mom-to-be chooses it.
    It's always the mom's choice to accept or decline, but in some practices, it's rarely tested for.
    doulala

    Answer by doulala at 11:51 AM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • I was tested, and it was negative. My doctor does it for every mom, but if your doctor doesn't always do it. I think you could probably ask for it and get it done anyway.
    BlainesMommy09

    Answer by BlainesMommy09 at 12:02 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • i was tested. you can ask especially if you have a family history of it. every female in my family has had it and i tested positive, early in pregnancy while looking for something else. it's always better to err on the side of caution because i have personally seen the effects of what group B strept can do to a child when my cousin went into labor early and not tested for Group B strept
    ssnelson26

    Answer by ssnelson26 at 12:15 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • Yes, routine for every pregnancy, whether you tested positive or negative in previous ones. Same as gestational diabetes.
    DragonRiderMD

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 12:17 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • also it's something you can be positive for one week and then negative for the next, so you might want to ask them to test you again... or you could be negative when they test you and then positive by the time you deliver. it's really silly imo
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:24 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • yes, it's routine. but idk why they do it in md bc apparently it is mandatory to give antibiotics through iv before delivery so i would think they wouldn't need to test for it beforehand, but anyway, it's a required test
    princessbeth79

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 12:53 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • princessbeth~
    nothing is "mandatory," all tests and procedures are optional.
    Moms can decline or accept anything. Just wanted to clarify this so that you always know that you get to choose. Accepting the tests and meds is entirely up to you. :-)
    doulala

    Answer by doulala at 1:06 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

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