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    It just depends on the hospital / ob requesting the test as o whether it's vaginal or vaginal and anal. Some will do it on one swab (always front to back!) some will give you two separate swabs.

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    Default GBS Swab.... How to?? Haha. Help!

    Thank you ladies. I have the swab already so I guess I'll just go for it! Ill take a bit from column a and b... Haha. Such a charming topic haha!

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    Default Re: GBS Swab.... How to?? Haha. Help!

    My ob didn't do an anal swab :l if i had to do that i would be like omfg ob you do it please

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    Default Re: GBS Swab.... How to?? Haha. Help!

    I'm a pathology collector and I've never been told to or done an anal swab for gbs. I guess every where is different though.

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    Default GBS Swab.... How to?? Haha. Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by FluffyDucks View Post
    Before you do I would actually recommend you NOT doing it. I wished I hadnt of done it with DD as I was trying for a VBAC2 and because my GBS came up positive this time I wasnt able to labour at home so had to stay in hospy and have a canula inserted so they could administer antibiotics.

    The hospy were surprised my OB wanted to me have a swab as they said its something the are phasing out they now just monitor bubs for any infections after a VB.

    I totally believe that because I couldnt labour at home and was stuck in a hospital I wasnt able to achieve my VBAC2.

    If you know all about it and find that having the swab is best for you then apologies for intruding! Just something I wished I have of researched.
    Just wanted to pop in and say sorry to hear of your story.
    I was also positive when attempting my VBA2C and stayed at home for as long as I could.
    I was so far in labour by the time I got to the hospital they totally forgot I was positive and were more worried about my scar and monitoring!
    No one realised the mistake until hours after my birth (which was a successful VBA2C).
    It's convinced me not to get tested this time around to help me have another natural delivery.
    Sorry to derail.

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    Default GBS Swab.... How to?? Haha. Help!

    I never had the swab for either of my pregnancies. What's it for?

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    Default Re: GBS Swab.... How to?? Haha. Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by GirlyWirly View Post
    I never had the swab for either of my pregnancies. What's it for?
    They do a vaginal (sometimes anal as well) swab for the bacteria group b strep,


    I tested + in my first pregnancy but did not realise i was in labour so presented at hospital at 8 cm dilated,

    I will always choose antibiotics if i know i am in labour, a baby who contracts gbs goes down hill very, very fast

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    There is also and douche option rather than IV antibiotics for those who test positive.

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    Default Re: GBS Swab.... How to?? Haha. Help!

    they sprung this on me at one of my appts. I was horrified and had to do it in the toilets. I felt like I violated myself haha. Also I was mid back door swab when someone was trying to get into the toilet. I shat myself lol. My husband laughed because she was about to do the same test

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    Default GBS Swab.... How to?? Haha. Help!

    I tested positive my first pregnancy but not the second. I've read the awful stories of babies with GBS and was certain I would want to know because if I didn't and something happened to my baby I couldn't ever forgive myself.

    I was told if you are positive they don't worry about the anti biotics till the waters have ruptured?

    But each to their own.


 

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