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Strep B Check, at 36 weeks?

Does anyone else's doctor do a strep B culture check at 37 weeks in the pregnancy? My nurse in the doctor's office is saying it's a requirement for NYS records?? I find vaginal exams extremely uncomfortable and try to avoid them.... Any advice?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:03 AM on Nov. 12, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • You should have it done at 36 or 37 weeks. If you don't have it done you will have to have an IV with anti-biotics strapped to you during your labor. It's a quick and easy swab. I did it myself. They need to know weather the bacteria has grown rapidly in your vagina or your anus to make sure that you don't pass it to your baby during birth. If they don't know for sure that you don't have this or high amounts (something like that :) then they will give you an IV at the hospital to treat you just incase. So do it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:56 PM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • I got it done & it's not an internal exam. All it is is a quick swab outside of your vagina & your anus. It was done in less than 2 seconds.

    Answer by Wheepingchree at 10:08 AM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • most doctors do about this far along into pregnancy. to see if your child can pass through the birth canal without getting an infection and if you do, it can cause major health risks to your baby.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:08 AM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • It's common, and it should be done. I've seen first hand what happens to babies when their moms have a Strep B infection at the time of delivery, ti's NOT pretty and can be fatal.

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 10:14 AM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • WebMD just had an article about how mindfulness meditation eases pain. It can be learned in as little as an hour. Here is the link.

    Even if you are planning on having an epidural there will be a lot of pain during labor and after birth. Some women plan on the epidural and then find out they can't have one. I can't have one because my bones in my spine are too close together for the needle to get in.

    I encourage you to hire a doula to help you.

    Answer by Gailll at 10:18 AM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • as someone mentioned, a strep b infection during birth can cause serious, even fatal consequences. however, if you choose not to do the test, there are some precautions that can be taken after birth to help monitor your baby. i definately RECOMMEND doing the test. but you could talk to your dr about alternatives. and ask them to explain strep b and it's effects on you and the baby to you... or just google it. =)

    Answer by pugmama at 10:34 AM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • The problem with not doing the test is that by the time the baby is born it's too late, they end up in NICU almost immediately, some make it, some don't

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 10:43 AM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • i had my son before they could do a strep b test so they put penicilin in my iv anyways

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 10:47 AM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • I would test, my niece was born with it and she ended up in the nicu until she was 2 weeks old. it is not a fun thing. the test isnt bad at all and they will check you at that time if you want also if not its just a qtip like thing that they wipe and thats it.

    Answer by newmommy61207 at 10:54 AM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • i do not know what NYS is but they cannot make you do this. most women do do it, and then if they are positive for GBS, they have IV antibiotics during labor. I did with my first child. now i have researched the topic more and decided that i will probably do the test, but if i am positive i am not going to have Antibiotics. i am going to prevent coming up positive in the first place. :)


    Answer by Stefanie83 at 11:06 AM on Nov. 12, 2009

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