My midwife suggested I take GRAPESEED extract. She said she's heard that helps. I made a mistake and got grapefruit seed extract, but then went back and got the right stuff. I did have the test done and just got my results back today. I'm negative!
GrapeFRUIT seed extract is antimicrobial...it's good for ridding of GBS, and is also a great way to get rid of thrush. You can use it topically in a swab/wipe or you can also mix it with water/juice and take it internally.
It's one of those things for me where, the risk of bad-thing-happening is small, but I'd like to make it smaller.
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I choose to test and do Hibiclens if positive. I was positive with DD, negative with DS. And now that I had a Z-pack for nasty sinus infection a few weeks ago, I suspect I might be positive. Although I'm feeling all of this is irrelevant as the baby is still BREECH!
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I tested positive with DD, then cleared it for a retest 2 weeks later (I just cut out all sugar, took some probiotics and some immune supplements that I had around anyway). Then told by head midwife it didn't matter and I would need abx anyway. I didn't feel like fighting it, so I got them. There was only time for one dose. They hung the bag and I don't remember it being a big deal. This was before they said I was in "Active labor" so after I got my first dose they sent me on my way. They put a heplock in when I came back and checked in, but I had DD within 2 hours of checking in so they never put anything in it. I found it extremely uncomfortable, though, and they took forever to take it out. Luckily we didn't have any side effects from the abx but we have a family history of allergy to penicillin and I am prone to yeasty stuff so I was/am nervous about it. B/c I only had time for one dose they kept me for 12 hours at the birth center and had me watch DD's temp really closely.
Regardless, I'm planning to take vit. C and eat eggs to strengthen my sac, minimize vag. exams, watch the baby closely, etc. I'll probably take a break from my "regimen" for a week or two after my test and then restart around 38 1/2 or 39 weeks. If I screen pos. this time I will almost certainly do the hibiclens during labor. Don't know how on-board the birth center is with helping with that but I can have that conversation with them if I do test pos.
DD 12/07 DS 9/10
DD 12/07 DS 9/10
I'm not worried. My MW thinks that my colony is pretty small because I've never had any vaginal infection. Not so much as a bubble-bath induced yeast infection.
I'm going to do my probiotics again and hibi when labor hits, to be on the safe side, but other than that no big deal.
My mother has an anaphylactic reaction to penicillin (3 weeks in ICU), I have an allergy to penicillin, and one of my 2 children has an ana reaction to penicillin (bad reaction and swelling such that blood comes from the eyes - no good). They stopped giving me penicillin as a child when I developed a full body rash in minutes after taking it. I've never tried to take it again, or one of its relatives. I was told that penicillin allergies were not inherited, but I'm not entirely certain I believe that at this point.
So I am really praying that the GBS test comes back negative or that I don't go into labor before it comes back. I've been taking my probiotics and vitamin C starting yesterday when I could actually keep pills down. I know that if I do go into labor early that I will have a very uphill battle trying to not get IV ABX, even an alternate.