I was positive for GBS in my first pregnancy which led to being induced when my water broke before contractions started. This time I'm having a home birth and one of my biggest worries was a repeat of that situation(my midwife has a policy to induce after 4 hours of water breaking if there are no contractions and you are GBS+), so I did a pretty intense regimen to prevent GBS. I thought I'd share in case anyone is in a similar situation!
I started probiotics in the second trimester, 10 billion CFU twice a day. I also began eating 2 cloves of raw garlic a day at the same time.
At 30 weeks I started taking 1000 mg of vitamin c once a day.
At 31 weeks I did a 5 day, twice a day hydrogen peroxide wash. I used an oral syringe from the drug store, 10 mL and gently dripped it inside 3 times followed by rinsing the outside with another 10 mL. I did this morning and night for 5 days. At night I inserted a probiotic capsule.
After this I continued doing twice weekly peroxide rinses(once on Sunday night and once on Wed night), and I inserted a probiotic capsule every night before I went to sleep.
Starting at 32 weeks I went up to 3 cloves of raw garlic a day. It was easier to crush them and swallow them like pills than chew them. Around this time I increased to taking probiotics with 25 billion CFU twice a day instead of 10 billion, and started drinking a Dan Active drink each morning.
In the week before the GBS swab, I slightly crushed and inserted one clove of garlic each night before bed. I STOPPED inserting the probiotics in the week before the test as I read it can cause a false positive result. I also doubled up on the Dan Active drinks in the week leading to the test.
I did 5 days of twice daily peroxide washes again in the 5 days before the test. On the day of, I did a rinse first thing in the morning and then an hour or two before the test, and I took the syringe with me and after I peed in the midwife's bathroom I rinsed ONLY outside with more peroxide. This was maybe 45 mins before the test.
I swabbed both vaginally and rectally and got a negative result. So now I am just continuing the twice weekly peroxide washes, probiotics, and garlic although I've reduced that to one clove a day as garlic thins the blood. I'm 38 weeks 2 days now and I'm going to do another 5 days of peroxide washes just to be on the safe side. I'm going to insert garlic daily again during this point as well.
Just a question I had though, I was 3 cm dilated on Friday and had a sweep, had some bloody show and lost my plug. I did a peroxide rinse this morning, I assume there's no problem with that until my water breaks?