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Strep b home testing...

Discussion in 'Pregnancy' started by xkayzx, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. xkayzx

    xkayzx · Well-Known Member

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    Hi all,
    Just a question about the strep b home kit... has anyone done one?!
    I’m 35 plus 1 day dunno if I’m going to have time to do it as I may be taken in next week depending on scan on weds... dunno what to do?!!
     
  2. eabhamurphy

    eabhamurphy · Well-Known Member

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    You likely have time to do it and get the results back. It never occurred to me to do it but my best friend did one and was a positive so got necessary drugs during labour.
    Do you really think they will have you deliver next week? Have earlier scans pointed in this direction? Is this your first baby?
     
  3. kitty55

    kitty55 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Do it if you can even if time seems tight. One of my best friends expected twins the year before last. She went into labour at 30 weeks and unfortunately lost the girl after having strep b and no one knew about it :(. If I'm ever lucky enough to get pregnant again I will get checked or do a home test.
     
  4. xkayzx

    xkayzx · Well-Known Member

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    Not sure yet about delivery... said 36-37 weeks it could happen as my sugars are falling a lot and I have fluid and baby is measuring big... got scan every week with midwife or consultant appointment, just got to see
     
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    Ellie_Wilko Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Slightly unrelated but this was never even mentioned when I was pregnant with my first. Do you have to arrange this yourself? xx
     
  6. xkayzx

    xkayzx · Well-Known Member

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    Think it’s a new thing, not on the nhs yet £35 to get it tested...
     
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    ealingr Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've done the home test - really easy and the results came back quickly (less than a week IIRC). I figured that there is certainly no downside to doing it and it could provide information my consultants might find helpful. I've recommended it to others. This was the site I used:

    https://groupbstreptest.co.uk

    That said, the latest UK guidance seems to suggest that you'll be given antibiotics automatically if you deliver before 37w, so GBS might not matter either way for you from that perspective if you do deliver very soon:

    https://gbss.org.uk/info-support/pregnancy-and-birth/uk-guidance-about-gbs/
     
  8. xkayzx

    xkayzx · Well-Known Member

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    Oh k thanks for the info x will ask midwife tomorrow
     
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