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Mucous plug & group b strep 
10th-Sep-2008 12:42 pm [group b strep, mucus plug]
Finally, SOME show of actual progress that this baby might be born before Christmas!

I've had two big goops of mucous plug last night and this morning.

I'm group b strep positive ... and I realized my doctor never said anything about group b in regards to losing the mucous plug, just about needing to go to the hospital if my water breaks. Is there anything I should be concerned about as far as infection with losing the mucous plug?


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10th-Sep-2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
Nope, I'm pretty sure there's not. The bag of waters has been a fine barrier against infection up till now, and it continues to be so. :) Mucus plugs do regenerate, too. As long as the mucus is flowing OUT, in fact, it's probably carrying potentially infectious organisms AWAY from the amniotic sac and baby.

Here's to a baby before Christmas! Maybe even before Halloween if you're lucky! ;) (LOL, sorry if that's not funny coming from a stranger. C'mon out, baby, the world is waiting for you!)
10th-Sep-2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
hahah I'm 9 days past my due date, I'd be in big trouble if I didn't have a sense of humor about all this!

And this baby better show up before halloween, cause I bought the cutest little halloween onesie and hat at Target the other day!! :)
10th-Sep-2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Nope, losing your mucus plug is good and normal.
I was GBS+ with my first pregnancy, and lost my plug over about a week before I went into labor. For some people it takes days, for others a few hours. Hopefully it means you'll be having this babe soon!
10th-Sep-2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
I am also group B strep positive - my doc just said that they'll give me some penicillin or something in my IV at the hospital.

So no, nothing to worry about with the mucus plug or water breaking.
10th-Sep-2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
well - I was told with gbs if my water breaks at home I need to go to the hospital, even if contractions aren't regular yet so they can start antibiotics.
10th-Sep-2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
They want you to get two doses, four hours apart, within four hours before the baby is born. The risk of transmission goes up a little if your waters are broken for 18 hours before the baby is born AND you get NO antibiotic treatment. Honestly if I were you I'd wait a *little* bit before rushing in if your waters do break spontaneously -- because again, amniotic fluid is going OUT keeping bacteria AWAY from the baby (as long as no one is sticking their fingers up there -- something they will do immediately when you arrive at the hospital.)

FWIW I got only one dose of penicillin and the ped wasn't even concerned enough to keep my son longer than 15 hours after he was born. Strep sepsis does scare me, but not a LOT more than any other random infection that a newborn could get.
11th-Sep-2008 01:04 am (UTC)
Not really an answer to your question but since you'll be getting an antibiotic if you're planning to breastfeed make sure you take steps to prevent thrush! Good luck, hope baby comes soon!
11th-Sep-2008 06:38 am (UTC)
Haha I've been seeing you post for a little while now saying how overdue you are, so it's good to see you're making progress!!
Good luck!
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