I had an OB checkup today, and got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that my weight is still holding, and I am *almost* done with my second trimester! The bad news is that my "no I.V." birth plan is no longer an option.
At my last checkup, my urine sample tested positive for a specific bacteria, so I was treated for a Urinary Tract Infection. Today my doctor told me that the bacteria in question is 'group B strep' and is dangerous to the baby during birth. I have no 'symptoms' to speak of, but have apparently been COLONIZED with it. Yup, that's the actual term! I don't even know HOW I got it, since it is not sexually transmitted, and lives, well, down there. So, what, did I ingest this bacteria? Or swim in it? Yuck. So, to treat the baby PRIOR to birth, I will be hooked up to intravenous antibiotics. MANDATORY. I can still have an unmedicated birth, as far as pain meds go, but will still have to have these antibiotics no matter what.
I'm so sad, and not just because I hate needles! I do, of course, hate them with a passion, but what's really upsetting me is that as soon as they hook me up to an I.V. it will limit everything else I can do. It's hard to even go to the bathroom hooked up to one of those! I guess that's why some places insist on a catheter at that point?! That's absolutey NOT going to happen with me, I will throw a fit if I must to keep from that particular brand of torture. I worry that I won't be able to walk around with the IV hooked up, and as soon as I lie in a bed, my labor will slow down, leading to more complications, which will require more intervention, ending in even more complications.....its all a vicious cycle. One that I had hoped to avoid.
Oh well. As long as the outcome includes a healthy baby, I will do whatever it takes. Even bite the bullet and offer my veins back up to those vampires that masquerade as L&D nurses.