January 7, 2009

UPDATE: Good News & Bad News.

**UPDATE**

--My midwife checked me this AM, and I am currently 3 cm dilated (measuring 4-5 cm on the outside) and I still haven't really felt any "contractions" as of yet. This is great because when I had Ezra, I was only dilated to a 1 when I showed up at the hospital. I had him 5 hours later, but I'm already farther along now than I was with him then... Wahoo!!

--I tested positive for Group B Strep... meaning I won't be able to labor at home like I'd hoped, but will need to head to the hospital as soon as my contractions become regular or my water breaks so they can give me antibiotics. The thought of this baby getting a dose of antibiotics before he's even born is a bit unsettling to me, but I'm going to do my research and make sure I know my options before I agree to anything for sure. I don't want this little guy to get sick!

So.... ANY TIME NOW!! Stay tuned!

18 comments:

Hope said...

OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!

MAMA... YAY! Little Baby Boy is almost here!

Steph said...

soon!!!!

some reading material:

http://www.birthactivist.com/?s=group+b+strep

http://wonderfullymadebelliesandbabies.blogspot.com/2007/08/gbs-giant-bothersome-stumblingblock.html

http://rixarixa.blogspot.com/2008/01/group-b-strep-information.html

Cheatwoods said...

i got tested last week, ill find out the results tomarrow, she told me that they have seen women come in and they have 3 babys they dont have it and the last one they do. Im sorry that you cant labor at home like you hoped! but thats amazing how dialated you are!

Emery Jo said...

steph- thanks for the links!! Chris & I are reading and discussing.

skylana said...

awesome! sounds like my labor! i didn't feel wild until like 8 cm.

Lift Up Your Hearts said...

Well boo hoo about group b strep, but hooraaaaaay for a busily working bod!

Laura said...

Yay! You are a SO CLOSE! I was 3 cm for a few weeks before having baby. And you can look into opting out of the antibiotics, but I was also GBS positive and I labored at home for about 13 hours (my water didn't break).

cam said...

I think you may have gotten some alternative info above...you don't have to do the iv antibiotics if your mw is willing to waive it, AND if you can have a pedi who's willing to work with you on an alternative plan. I wrote about it here when I was dealing with the possibility of GBS:
http://deathway.com/msunderstood/?p=347
Skip down to about the 5th paragraph; that begins my GBS plan.

Daniele said...

Congrats on the dilating, anytime now! Sorry to hear about GBS but everything will be fine. No need to worry. There are tons of options for you to take.

wendie said...

GBS is very common, don't sweat it.

I am a nurse and my professional opinion is that you should definitely get the antibiotics. Thousands of women do it every day. You don't want to pass the infection on to the baby when you give birth, and that is why they give antibiotics.

I know it may suck and it interferes with your original plan, but I'm sure you would agree that a dose of antibiotics (harmless) is better than passing a bacterial infection to you baby.

Good luck, you're almost there!

MarvelousMOM said...

How exciting!!! I am so happy and excited for you. Not much longer until til your little boy will wrapped in your arms.

ElizabethSheryl said...

Ahhh I can't wait to see the little guy, and know his name too! I am keeping you in my prayers for a safe delivery and healthy babe, and for Ezra to enjoy the little one as much as he can!

GIRL'S GONE CHILD said...

I had GBS with both pregnancies. You do NOT want to mess. Take the antibiotics. I have hear several really scary stories about women who didn't and had babies in the NICU for weeks because they caught the strep on the way out. It can be potentially very serious. Better to be safe, you know?

SO SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!

Annie Peterson said...

Yippee!!

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Anonymous said...

Emery, I too have be B+ with both kids and even though I did labor at home (not on purpose....just went really quickly) knowing that my daughter didn't get the antibiotics she needed during labor was very worrisome to me. I've cared for sick babies before when I worked in pediatrics and it is not worth the risk! I spent the whole time of my stay in the hospital worrying about her and asking everyone if her tests were coming back okay, I didn't get to enjoy the time as much. Just think of this...they give the antibiotics to protect your child. Strep is not something to mess around with esp. with a newborn. I get the feeling you like 'natural' better, and the risk maybe be small but it's there and it is so easy to prevent. Both my kids had some does of antibiotics at birth and it didn't hurt them at all. Set your mind at ease and take the easy step to protect your baby. I don't think you will regret it. God bless! -hunnybeemay

Jiff said...

I was Group B positive too. Bayley was on antibiotics and in the nursery for a week because she was 7 weeks early. It all turned out well, though, because now you can't tell she was ever sick and in the hospital!

Kalle said...

So exciting - well, not the strep part, just the baby on the way.

Good luck. Can't wait to hear the good news in the upcoming days.