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Group B Strep

Has anyone had this? I am having a C-Section next week and am worried about it.

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Asked by agabriel1974 at 7:27 PM on Dec. 9, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • No worries....they just give you some IV antibiotics.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:29 PM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • Group B strep (GBS) is a normal bacteria that everyone has, but if you "have" it it means it's above normal levels. This is still pretty common in women, and only presents a problem if you're pregnant. In about 1-2 in 100 cases, babies can get sick from it if they're exposed to it IN THE BIRTH CANAL or if you have a premature rupture of membranes and it gets into the amniotic sac. Most of those babies recover without lingering effects, but it can be fatal in rare cases. In fact, in Britain they don't even test women unless they're high risk, because giving antibiotics for it can cause more problems (only in America where docs think they're gods do they test every woman and give them antibiotics if they're positive). Since you're getting a section, you'll get antibiotics anyway, and your baby won't even go through your birth canal, so he/she probably will never come near it.

    Answer by Adelicious at 7:36 PM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • I was GBS positive, and my baby was on antibiotics for ten days after birth b/c my water broke and she had an infection. As the previous poster said, since you're having a c-section, your baby will more than likely be fine. Hope everything goes smoothly and I wish you the best of luck! Congrats!

    Answer by nicolemstacy at 7:51 PM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • Thanks for the thorough response.

    Answer by agabriel1974 at 7:51 PM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • I was positive for 2 and 3. you just get extra IV meds - but since you're having a csection you should be fine.

    Answer by hypermamaz at 8:15 PM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • POSTIVE!! three children all ok!! nothing to worry about. and since your having a c-section you'll have no worries :)

    Answer by r00j04j08 at 9:04 PM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • it would be something your baby might contract in the vaginal canal, so with c-section you wouldn't have to worry. if you do go vaginal, it's highly unlikey that your baby would get it, but it can be deadly so drs will often do IV antibiotics. also you can treat it before you go into labor with garlic, vitamin c, etc, if you are interested in vaginal delivery.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:34 AM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • It's absolutely nothing to be worried about :) it's just a bacteria inside your intestines that could possibly be passed down to your baby when giving birth without treatment. The doctor tests this a few weeks before your due, and if you come out positive all they do is hook you up to an iv and give you antibiotics to prevent the passing of bacteria to the baby. But your having a c-section so it doesn't matter anyways. It's no problem at all. Don't worry yourself about it :) Hope this helps and good luck to you.


    Answer by Cierra-Jade at 7:05 PM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • Thanks to all of you.

    Answer by agabriel1974 at 11:24 PM on Dec. 15, 2009

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