Just got a call - my results were +. :( :( :( Anyone else? I am planning a hospital birth and was informed I will need to receive antibiotics. Ugh.
I'm still integrating this bit of news and haven't had a chance to fully explore my options, so thanks for the suggestions! Keep 'em coming! :)
As far as probiotics...do you mean dietary? Pill form? I'm not well versed on this. The only thing that comes to mind for me is yogurt, of which I already a lot.
I take probiotics in pill form. But definitely eating yogurt should help too. Should help replenish the good bacteria that the antibiotics may kill off. Pretty important to prevent thrush after baby comes. Though plenty of mamas have the abx and don't do anything special and don't get thrush anyway.
I tested + too. I'm totally bummed, except for the fact that I thought it would mean I couldn't have a home birth and it doesn't. My midwife has prescribed a course of oral antibiotics for before I go into labor. (Unless I go earlier, in which case I'll have to start taking them immediately.) I was negative with my last pregnancy and am really not thrilled about being on abx that will pass to the baby.
I am going to intensify my probiotic regimen from here on out, which for me means upping my supplements, plus adding more fermented foods (yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi.) Also helpful are prebiotic foods, which provide inulin- fuel for the friendly bacteria. (Artichokes, leeks, onions, garlic, bananas, rye, and barley.)
Sorry about your results, SunnyPerch. Hope this is helpful.
I tested pos last time, didn't have time for the antibotics (didn't even make it out of the triage or get a hep lock prior to the baby being born) and ended up staying 48 instead of 24.. I haven't heard about my results this time so I figure they are negative. Usually the office will call me if something comes up off.
My sister swears by "usnea" and says that it kills GBS. You could take it, tons of probiotics, and then ask to be re-tested for GBS if you really want to aviod the antibiotics. But, if not, just take tons of probiotics afterward and baby will get it through your breastmilk. I take Gr8-Dophilus and I order it from iHerb.com. It has worked wonders for me!!
Sorry you got a +. My test isn't till next week but I was positive for my last birth (I'm diabetic and also had a GBS + urine culture which is even worse than the vag/butt swab.) I got 2 doses of IV PCN, one when I got to the hospital and one four hours later. I did the probiotic yogurt, unsweetened cranberry juice, ate roasted garlic and drank lots of water and we didn't get thrush or anything. Hope all goes well with you too.
Leigh Ann I am glad you still are able to homebirth. I thought they didn't like to use the oral antibiotics for GBS. Is the midwife having you do any vaginal hibiclense with that?
Sorry you got a positive hun. Can you try some natural things to kick it and re test? I've had so many friends test positive, and put a clove of garlic up their vag every night for a week, and then the next time they test it's negative. I'm actually doing that right now the week before I'm doing the swab to hopefully get a negative. I would be so, so wary about taking antibiotics during labor because thrush is like my worst nightmare. Good luck hun!
Sunnyperch, I am unfortunately joining this club too :( My culture came back heavily positive, at +4. I have begun an aggressive regimen to eliminate the GBS bacteria and will reswab soon, as I do not want antibiotics. Here's the daily list, if anyone else is curious or if you want to try some and reswab!
2 capsules Femdophilus
30 mg zinc
1000 mg vit C
3 droppers full of Usnea tincture
2 droppers full of Oregon Root tincture
30 drops GSE daily
tea tree oil suppositories, vaginally 3x
garlic clove vaginally overnight
boatloads of probiotic foods/ kombucha/ kefir daily