hmmmm- interesting. i've never done the garlic. i always added in a lot of probiotics and my midwife and i just had the discussion that we'll NOT do the test, but instead wait and see. if the labor presents any risks, we'll then take steps to address possible problems. my last 2 labors were so quick and no signs of possible infection. and if i end up in the hospital, they will treat me as positive anyways.
i was positive w/ my 2nd (in the broth of that brothy test) so am not careless about it, but also know that it could change.
so we'll be cautious, but since it's a homebirth, i'm not doing abx at that point anyways.
the garlic thing makes me laugh- i'm 1/2 greek, so it probably wouldn't phase my husband anymore! part of me wants to try it just to see his response! he worked at a greek restaurant a while back and they always wanted him to be greek b/c he has a full head of curly dark hair, and is very tall, and he always said 'no, but my wife is.' and they said 'close enough, now you are too.' and he reeked of garlic from eating there all the time! all the kids eat garlic like mad as well. i always think of garlic as killing off the bad but not necessarily as wiping out the entire flora of the gut/vaginal tract. add in a yogurt rinse and you'll be set. that's what many natural yeast infection treatments look like. or just a yogurt suppository. there's a lot online about that. you can even just put it on a pad and wear it for a couple hours. i've only had one yeast infection, and it needed drugs, so never got to try any of these, but am considering it just to help my GBS status be safer for all.
add cucumber and you can have some tzadziki! eat it as well. just in case this conversation wasn't fun enough!