Ok, now I am freaking out just a little.
I was sort of psyching myself up to the GBS swab for this entire pregnancy, and also sort of ignoring it.
Now I found out there is not only a vaginal but an anal swab too. I don’t think I can handle letting someone do that, and thinking about it just makes me feel completely triggered and like I want to avoid the entire thing.
I don’t know if my midwife will be ok with it, but I am feeling now like the only way I could handle doing this is to do it myself.
What are my options? I could:
– Forgo the whole thing. This means I won’t know my GBS status and if I transferred to the hospital they’d assume I was positive and dose the baby. If I had it at home we would keep a close eye on the baby for symptoms, just as we would if I were positive and declined antibiotics (which I feel like I might).
– Ask to do it myself. She could say no.
– Skip it this visit and try to do it next time. If I went into late preterm labor then this might weaken an argument for having a 35-36 weeker at home. Would it?
– Just do it.