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Vaginal Birth When Mother Has Group B Strep
Is garlic washing a natural and effective option for group b strep treatment in labor for home birth?
Group b strep (gbs) is one of many bacteria that live on most people's body. When it lives on or around the vaginal area, a newborn baby has a higher risk of getting in or on the body.
Unfortunately, gbs can be deadly to a newborn. Please talk to your doctor about what you can do to reduce this risk. ...Read more
If Group B Strep is found in my urine, does this for sure mean that I have high levels in my vagina? I had an HSG test while + in urine. Worried
Group B strep: Group B strep commonly is in the vagina, and you can assume that if urine is positive. If symptoms of UTI, your doc will treat you. The main GBS problem is serious infections of babies if present in the vagina during delivery. Make sure your obststrician is aware; she will test with a vaginal swab as your due date approaches and will prescribe an appropriate antibiotic if present at that time. ...Read more
If my mother, grandma and sister had severe pelvic organ prolapse following vaginal birth, does it mean that i will too? Should I have c-sec?
Personal choice: Pregnancy and not just delivery method impacts pelvic support. A study done at madigan army medical center several years ago demonstrated evidence of prolapse from the first OB appointment to the time of delivery. Unfortunately, a cesarean section will not necessarily prevent pelvic prolapse. ...Read more
If a mother has a history of genital herpes, what are the odds of a baby having birth defects both for c-section and vaginal birth?
Varies: Birth defects are not an issue with maternal herpes. The baby is at risk of a severe infection from the germ.The risk period begins with the opening of the bag of waters if mom is actively shedding the virus during a recognized or silent outbreak.The germ can travel into babies system & lay dormant for a while or immediately cause infection.A c-section before labor starts can avoid the risk. ...Read more
What is a better option, vaginal birth orna csection? Does the vagina go back to normal after birth? What are the changes that happen?
It depends: In an uncomplicated pregnancy (healthy mother with normal anatomy and well developed stable fetus), vaginal delivery is ideal (this is how nature intended it to be!!). C-sections are necessary in some cases to preserve the health of both mother and baby, but this is still a significant surgery which should not be taken lightly. ...Read more
Group B: Germs are a common part of our existence many types inhabit our body. Some in our poo help our digestion. Some do nothing. Some can cause problems under specific conditions.U getgbs from the environment. It tends to occupy the lower female genital tract (1/3 have it at any point).If it is there during labor & delivery, it can invade a baby causing infection or do nothing at all. ...Read more
OB/peds have protocl: The frequency of invasive group b strep disease has declined since the adoption of surveillance and treatment protocols by ob's & peds. Since gbs can come & go, most moms will be screened at 35-37 wks & receive abx during labor if positive, if status unknown she will be treated. Babies are monitored, tested& treated if any signs appear that suggest invasive disease. Discuss your concerns with ob. ...Read more
I have had several boils. And toId Im a Group B Strep colonizer. Is that the cause? If not what should I do?
Skin abscesses are : usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Some heal on their own if you put warm compresses on them 4-5 times/day before & after the pus drains out. Even if you take a full course of antibiotics, when a few " staph" germs remain under the skin after it heals over, they can overgrow & re-form an abscess. See www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001474.htm for prevention & treatment. ...Read more
Group b infection:
Newborn can get group b strep infection either during passage through birth canal or after birth coming in contact with an adult carrier of this bacteria
the infection quickly spreads into the blood stream and can make the newborn really sick and has to be treated with IV antibiotics. ...Read more
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
GBS early labor?: Group B strep colonization occurs in many pregnant woman ( one study estimates10%). Some studies reported that GBS is associated with premature labor and may have effect on member rupture. However other surveys of large groups of women could not repeat these finding. Talk to your doctor with him/her about risk, your particular situation and come up with a plan together with him/her ...Read more
Been taking amoxicillan for group b strep uti, now have burning in my spine should I be concerned?
See your doctor : Anytime you have an active infection and then develop back symptoms you should see your doctor. ...Read more
Peculiar diagnosis: Most labs would not go past confirming or excluding group A strep.Group B is an occasional benign visitor to the human GI tract, occasionally causes UTI's in women and deadly infection in newborns. I would consider it a novelty, but not worth much attention.Oral treatment of GBS carrier state in women has not been found useful in preventing neonatal disease. ...Read more
Is it safe to have an HSG Femvue test while I have a UTI from Group B Strep? Could this infect womb?
Maybe risky: GBS mostly resides in the vagina, and might cause fallopian tube infection if flushed into the tubes when Femvue is injected. Make sure your doctor knows of your GBS infection, also the radiologist who may be actually doing the test. It may be safe, especially if your infection has been treated for a few days. But make sure they know; better safe than sorry. ...Read more
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
How would you treat a bladder infection from Group B Strep (tested, high number of colonies) that doesn't respond to Ampicillin/Penicillin?
Very unusual: This is almost impossible: GBS is uniformly susceptible to ampicillin and related penicillins. You may need testing to confirm if you are now infected with a different bacteria; and whether you still have a urinary tract infection or some other explanation for your symptoms (e.g., STDs like chlamydia or gonorrhea). Discuss with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more
Variable: Gbs is not a common germ for the adult set. It is known to cause urinary tract disease in women. If it were part of an emergency patient, you might be given residual. ...Read more
Confusing question: Group b strep is a common germ found in the female genital tract.It is transiently found in a third of women at any time during pregnancy & for them usually causes no problems. It is occasionally found as a cause of a urinary tract infection in females & blood poisoning or meningitis in newborns. Unless an adult had an immune defect, i don't see gbs as causing any major problem. ...Read more
Not specifically: As long as the fetal membranes are intact (your water isn't broke) tha baby is shielded against germ invasion. Once your water breaks, head up to the hospital so they can start meds that can stop GBS from being a problem.They are given IV. ...Read more