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What do you suggest if positive group b strep during pregnancy?

What do you suggest if positive group b strep during pregnancy?

Rx during delivery: Group B Strep positive women will receive IV antibiotics during labor to prevent transmission of the bacteria to the baby during delivery. Ideally, 3 doses are administered prior to delivery. For this reason, going to the hospital for admission early in labor would be advisable. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How do you get diagnosed with group b strep during pregnancy?

How do you get diagnosed with group b strep during pregnancy?

Genital swab: It is common practice to test for this at various points during pregnancy. About 1/3 pregnant women will be positive at any one point, and that can change without any treatment. ...Read more

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What could cause a positive group b strep test during pregnancy?

Common finding: Up to a third of normal women will be gbs positive at a given point with this germ on their genitals. It is common germ that is often found in the GI tract ; poo and occasionally causes uti's in women. Its main danger comes to the newborn where it can cause blood poisoning (sepsis), and or meningitis.After close monitoring was adopted, the frequency of problems has declined. ...Read more

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I have group b strep positive ladies during pregnancy?

I have group b strep positive ladies during pregnancy?

Discuss with OB: I would expect the OB to be extra vigilant. Since GBS can be transient and is present in 1/3 of women at any time, most screening occurs later in pregnancy or at the beginning of premature labor. IV antibiotics during labor is a standard treatment as oral meds have not been shown to effect outcome. ...Read more

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Is garlic washing a natural and effective option for group b strep treatment in labor for home birth?

Is garlic washing a natural and effective option for group b strep treatment in labor for home birth?

Doubtful: Group b strep infection in newborn, typically acquired from colonized birth canal, can be serious. Pregnant mother should receive penicillin. Don't fool around. Garlic used to be hung around the neck to ward off bad germs & spirit in the medieval era. ...Read more

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Could I test positive for group b strep with all of my pregnancies?

Could I test positive for group b strep with all of my pregnancies?

Does not matter: If you are beta strep + once u automatically get treated with antibiotics with your next labor, whether you are + or not because sometimes the culture can miss a + one so the rule is once you have been + then u get antibiotics anyway but u will still be tested no big deal. ...Read more

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How was I group b strep negative with my first pregnancy but positive with my second?

How was I group b strep negative with my first pregnancy but positive with my second?

Changes over time: GBS is a germ found normally in the digestive tract (poo) and by local contamination in the female genital tract. An estimated 3rd of women carry it at any point, but it can disappear and reappear in normal life. It occasionally causes a UTI in women, but is best known for it's potential to cause severe infection in the newborn. IV meds given during labor reduce risk, oral meds in pregnancy don't ...Read more

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What's the procedure when being tested for group b strep. I lost my 1st child to the infection at 31wks. 2nd pregnancy & im 33wks I will b tested soon?

Discuss with OB: With your history I would expect your OB to be extra vigilant. Since gbs can be transient and is present in 1/3 of women at any time, most screening occurs later in pregnancy or at the beginning of premature labor. Iv antibiotics during labor is a standard treatment as oral meds have not been shown to effect outcome. ...Read more

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What brings about a group b strep infection in pregnancy? Does diet play a role?

What brings about a group b strep infection in pregnancy? Does diet play a role?

GBS lives in vagina: Some bacteria have certain areas where they like to live. Group B Strep lives 'normally' in the vaginal area. Yes, sorry- there are bacteria EVERYWHERE and you just can't get rid of 'em. If you do, some other microbes will just take their place. Diet has no effect. Ob/gyn's screen for GBS because it can be dangerous to the baby -causing meningitis at birth -so mothers are treated prior to delivery ...Read more

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What are the effects of group b strep on pregnancy and birth?

What are the effects of group b strep on pregnancy and birth?

Infection, delivery: Fortunately in north america we see fewer fetal or neonatal deaths or maternal illness than in the past. That is because there are accepted guidelines for giving antibiotics to decrease the risk of infection in the pregnant woman who carries gbs or the baby who is at risk of getting it. It is still a major threat to very small fetuses and neonates especially in developing nations. ...Read more

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Does Penicillin VK treat Group B Strep to any degree? I know it treats Strep Throat but will it help decrease amt of GBS in colonized pregnancy too?

Should be OK: Penicillin V (Pen VK) is very active against group B strep and probably will be effective. But your doctor probably will want to retest you after treatment is completed to make sure the GBS is gone. ...Read more

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Would doxycycline treat Group B Strep? I know it's not the first choice treatment, but would it cover it?

Would doxycycline treat Group B Strep? I know it's not the first choice treatment, but would it cover it?

Why are you treating: GBS is a considered a common/normal germ that can be found in the digestive tract of all and the moist female genital tract. About 1/3 of women will have it at any one time (comes and goes).It can occasionally cause a UTI, and is deadly if passed to a newborn but is otherwise innocuous. After treatment it is likely to return. You would never take doxy while pregnant (fetal risk) and it doesn't work ...Read more

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Have a Group B Strep UTI can it be spread to husband through sex? Does he need treatment? Will it come back when we have sex again?

Have a Group B Strep UTI can it be spread to husband through sex? Does he need treatment? Will it come back when we have sex again?

Unlikely: GBS is a common germ in your poop that sometimes crosses over to cause UTI's in women. Intercourse does not pass it to men like a STD. At any one time 1/3 of women will have GBS living in their genital tract. It comes and goes. ...Read more

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Does taking treatment for throat infection put my baby more at risk for my Group B Strep? I'm a carrier. Abx don't cover GBS can they make it stronger

Does taking treatment for throat infection put my baby more at risk for my Group B Strep? I'm a carrier. Abx don't cover GBS can they make it stronger

Antibiotics: Hi
So the usual recommendation is that you get tested for Group B strep between 35-37 weeks of your pregnancy. If you test positive, they will give you IV antibiotics that cover GBS during labor because the GBS transmission to the baby occurs during childbirth. Generally speaking, if an antibiotic doesn't cover GBS, it won't stimulate it to become "stronger". ...Read more

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Group b strep positive and allergic to ceclor. Will I be able to take penicillin during labor?

Group b strep positive and allergic to ceclor. Will I be able to take penicillin during labor?

Probably not: When a woman is allergic to penicillins and has group b strep, she should be tested during pregnancy to see what other antibiotics her gbs is sensitive to. That way, they will know what antibiotic to treat you with when you are in labor. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with group B strep infection? How did I get this? What are symptoms? I have a lot of watery/bloody discharge during sex. Related?

Diagnosed with group B strep infection? How did I get this? What are symptoms? I have a lot of watery/bloody discharge during sex. Related?

Common pest: Group b strep is a periodic visitor to the digestive tract and at any given time 30% of women may have it show up on a vaginal swab. Except for it's well known nasty habit of hurting newborns & occasionally causing urinary tract infections it can be just a benign hitchhiker in your system. If you have urinary symptoms antibiotic treatment may be helpful, but rarely eliminates this germ permanently ...Read more

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What are some natural ways to treat gbs (group b strep)?

No natural way: Usually present in gut and in genital tract of 20-40% - but bad in pregnant women as it is a devastating infection in newborn, so needs treatment with antibiotics (preferably penicillin). ...Read more

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What natural medicines can I take for water retention before, during and after pregnancy?

What natural medicines can I take for water retention before, during and after pregnancy?

Consult your doctor: One should be very cautious when considering any medicine during pregnancy.Medicine that may be safe for the adult may not be safe for the baby. Always check with your obstetrican before you start any meducine- be it allopathic or natural medicine. ...Read more

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Watery/bloody discharge only during sex. Not BV or yeast. Diagnosed with group b strep infection. Could this be the cause of the excessive discharge?

Watery/bloody discharge only during sex. Not BV or yeast. Diagnosed with group b strep infection. Could this be the cause of the excessive discharge?

Possible but: Group B strep does not always cause a discharge but it can. Given your description, please be sure to have your doctor check to see if other infections can be contributing. ...Read more

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Can SIBO be treated during pregnancy with no risk to baby? I'm 12 weeks. Any natural remedy I can try first?

Can SIBO be treated during pregnancy with no risk to baby? I'm 12 weeks. Any natural remedy I can try first?

Standard RX risky so: The standard treatment of SIBO is the antibiotic Rifaximin, which can harm fetuses in animal studies & has not been studied in humans- not worth risking. Dietary changes & probiotics can control while pregnant & you can try garlic in 2nd trimester & other antimicrobial herbs after delivery-avoid herbs like oregano oil while pregnant. See http://bit. Ly/1kV7Nrn & http://www. Siboinfo. Com/diet.html ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Group B Strep (Definition)

Group b streptococcus is a bacteria. Many men and women are carriers of gbs. Gbs is significant in pregnancy, because having gbs that is untreated can cause illness to a newborn. Gbs is not a significant infection in the mother, she is treated only to ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Natural Remedies (Definition)

Natural remedies are plant based supplements to help with different symptoms people have. They are found ...Read more