So I have done some reading and a few weeks ago decided to begin my Group B Strep Prevention protocal. For those of you who don't know about Group B Strep...it's a bacteria that commonly lives in woman's vagina. When it reaches a certain level it can become hazardous (1% of cases deadly) to your infant during birth. They test you currently at about 36 week to see if your levels are at a certain point. If they are the standard protocol is to give penicillin through an IV every 4 hours during your birthing time. The longer the time between your water breaking and delivery the greater the risks. Antibiotics carry risk, and they also dramatically impact your gut/vagina flora. During birth your baby will become inoculated by very important bacteria. We are more bacteria than cells! It's vital for our health. The only studies that have really done so far about the hazards of these antibiotics is about yeast infections...you AND the baby have a 15% increase risk. Of course I"m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg after all the research I've done on the importance of gut health. However not getting the antibiotics puts your baby at risk of getting a group B strep infection and can lead to many complications including death. The antibiotics seem to reduce this risk by 80% from 1% to .2% IF you test positive on your group b strep test.
So my take away from all of this? The best medicine here would be prevention. The following protocol does not carry any risks and is good for your health anyways. The more you do the better chances you have of reducing your risk of having a high count of Group B Strep. The theory behind the protocal (and there is some evidence to back this up) is to get up your good bacteria that will fight off the bad bacteria. Lactobacilla being the one studied. Also to increase your intake of foods that can kill off Group B Strep (garlic). In addition, to feed the good bacteria and not feed the bad bacteria.
The sooner you start and the more of these you do the more likely you will be able to prevent Group B Strep colonization.
Everyday you should take:
A good probiotic (Raw Probiotics for Woman is one example)
Garlic pills or copius amounts of garlic
2TBSP Organic unfiltered not pasteurized apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs is the good brand)
Food to eat:
Good bacteria love fiber, the best place to get fiber is from raw vegetables
Lots of Vitamin C rich foods. Lemons/berries/other fruit/green vegetables
Eat Coconut oil (you can use this while cooking instead of olive oil)
Foods to Reduce or Eliminate.. to starve off the bad bacteria:
Sugar/white potatoes/anything starchy (bread/pasta/etc)
Additional things you can do... (I plan to do this bimonthly)
Apple Cider Vinegar vagina "Washes" 4 parts water 1 part ACV
Insert garlic glove into vagina
Insert probiotics into vagina (After taking out the garlic)
* I don't agree with everything she does due to what I read/researched like the Cloradix and I would not put the garlic before the test as this can give you a negative but only temporarily and possibly put your baby at risk