So no surprise to me I have not just a bacterial infection but GBS and I'm just shy of 20 weeks (with my first). I generally get BV infections on the regular and was crossing my fingers to not get them while pregnant. I knew I had some kind of infection going on about a month ago and did a home remedy of a weekly, twice a day, vinegar solution my MW recommended. It worked (or so I thought) but at my home visit with my MW last week I asked her to bring a testing swab just in case because I know my body and how it likes to hold onto to BV and I wanted to just check if I still had it.
So this is what she emailed me:
Typically we screen for this bug GBS between 35-37 weeks because it is important that we know if it is present when you will be in labor. It is important that if you have GBS in the vagina we treat it "one way or another" so that it cannot get to the baby. It is fortuitous that we found it this early and poses NO RISK at this time, however we now have the opportunity to treat it so it will not be present at the time you are in labor. Yay!! Here are some natural rx's you can try and at least we have an answer to your vaginitis concerns. Take Fem-dophilous as indicated on the bottle. If you are adventurous to the point of not minding garlic breath, one of the most effective treatments is to slit one to two cloves of garlic and place them in the vagina. You can leave them in there for 2 days and then change. You can be creative such as only wear them in the night or for that matter, only in the day depending on your sexual activity (maybe not with garlic-not very sexy). So try some of this during the remainder of the pregnancy until we get to 35 weeks when I will reculture you. Until then, just do as above.
So I'm sitting over here just getting myself bummed out. I emailed her back bombarding with her questions and I really just feel lost. I'm planning a homebirth and I know the homebirth midwifery model can be very different from others. I asked her, "if I still have it when it's go-time will I risk out of homebirth because I'll need an IV for antibiotics?". I've read about other ppl who go through the homebirth and get a syringe in the arm for 15 minutes at a time- OUCHIE!!!! That doesn't seem to jibe with the Bradley Method which I hope to pursue. (O.k, I'm being selfish...I know, I know...best interest of the babe....)
Has anyone gone through this? Do you know if GBS can harm the baby at all BEFORE labor? I know my MW said there's no risk right now but as I sit here with a mild cramp the worry wart in me (usually I am super lax) is thinking "oh no, am i cramping in response to a GBS infection?" I'm aware of the remedies one can do to try to kick the infection. It's more the other stuff, like can it cause harm during pregnancy and honestly, do natural remedies really work, and if I still have it at the time of labor, how much more sucky will my labor be, etc etc.
To put the sweet ol' buttercream icing on the cake, I'm about to sit down to a 2 hour online final exam that is all on communication disorders...some of which have to do with sh't obtained at birth!!!!!!!!! Fml, seriously.
Ok so as you can see I'm all over the place. Can someone help me feel better? Clearly I'm choosing to be co-dependent right now...on you guys...women I've never met .....so just roll with it