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Hello all,<br><br>
I just found out that I tested positive for the beta strep. My dr is giving me a week then he will retest. He wanted me to take antibiotics for a week. I asked if I could do natural stuff, and he agreed. So hurry.....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> how do I get rid of this stuff. I need affordable, easy suggestions. funds are tight....<br><br>
thanks so much for any advice.....<br><br>
Kimberly
 

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i don't have any advice except probiotics. i think the best are in the refrigerator at a natural foods store.<br><br>
i have my test may 1st. it makes me nervous just because i don't have 'control' over it.
 

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<a href="http://www.birthcottage.com/images/GBS%20packet.pdf" target="_blank">Here's</a> a bunch of good info from my mw's web site<br><br>
And <a href="http://www.birthcottage.com/images/GBS%20Protocol.PDF" target="_blank">here's</a> the protocol they use to treat GBS. Notice that it has been shown to be as effective as ampicillin (the most common antibiotic used for GBS).
 

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Drink lots of water, take vitamin C, be sure to wipe front to back, wear clean cotton underwear. . .<br>
Ok. that's just normal.<br><br><br>
Take probiotics for a few days--capsules if you want, high quality yogurt that "CONTAINS" live cultures (not just "MADE WITH" live cultures" Get plain yogurt and mix jelly in when you are ready to eat. That helps ensures a high bacteria count. Kefir is also a good source. Drink away.<br>
After a day or two of that You could take a <i>carefully</i> peeled clove of garlic, wrap it in gauze and put it in your 'gina overnight. Then take it out in the morning. If you want at that point you can take a table spoonish of the plain yogurt and somehow put it in your introitus. If you use an oral syringe just be sure to a)clean the syringe well and b) expell all air before you attempt to insert it in your vagina. Be gentle. Go slowly. Don't use much.<br><br>
Then continue consuming the probiotics up until the test. Try to get a goodly ammount of rest too. Just support your immune system in general <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've read somewhere on MDC that inserting a clove of garlic can help... but you might want to look that up for any extra details. Stinky... but at least it's cheap!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">wrap it in gauze and put it in your 'gina overnight.</div>
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Watch it!<br><br>
I am a big fan of l.reuteri as a good probiotic, but it's also useful to use a multi. You can also apply any of these bacteria topically (as Synchro described above, but please use the "va" at the beginning of vagina - I just had a flashback to being teased in elementary school!). Using hibiclens (same antibacterial scrub used to clean piercings - ask for it at your pharmacy counter - it's really cheap) in a douche right at the beginning of labor gets rid of many, many bacteria.<br><br>
I can't remember if it was this forum where I posted about probiotics with antibiotic treatment, but it is so important I'm mentioning it here just in case!<br><br>
This is really important to know about because so many people are eventually talked into using the abx in labor regardless of previous convictions. Whether or not you are positive at the time, this will help you avoid problems afterward as well as help keep the GBS in check if it is truly an issue for you.<br><br>
(cut and pasted from another post of mine):<br><br>
For those consenting to GBS treatment, you can help protect your gut and by proxy your vagina and breasts from an overflow of candida (thrush, or yeast infections) by using a probiotic yeast strain such as Saccharomyces boulardii. Because this is a yeast and not a bacteria, it is not killed by the antibiotic, but can sustain your system until the abx are out of your system. You can build up using it before you have the baby, then continue it with a good probiotic bacteria supplement after the birth, such as l.reuteri, which is very important to the newborn being breastfed - this bacteria is transmitted through breastmilk and aids in digestion and absorption in those critical first few days. The biggest drawback to the abx is the yeast - it is a major problem for many mombabies, so it's good to know there is something you can do to be proactive. Here's more about the probiotic yeast strain from the PDR online:<br><br><br>
SACCHAROMYCES<br><br>
Saccharomyces belongs to the yeast family. The principal probiotic yeast is Saccharomyces boulardii. Saccharomyces boulardii is also known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae Hansen CBS 5296 and S. boulardii. S. boulardii is normally a nonpathogenic yeast. S. boulardii has been used to treat diarrhea associated with antibiotic use.<br><br>
You can read more about probiotic use here: <a href="http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/n...pro_0034.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/n...pro_0034.shtml</a><br><br>
and its impact on lactation issues here:<br><a href="http://www.dairyscience.info/kalpna.htm" target="_blank">http://www.dairyscience.info/kalpna.htm</a>
 

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strep b ususally recolonizes even after antibiotic treatment, and if he tested you after you've been on abx for a week, you may test neg., but in fact re-clononize before you give birth. the idea is to get it out of the path of the baby when in labor. in the hospital they traditionally give IV antibiotics, but another way is to use something called hibiclens while birthing. there is a study they did in europe that proved using the hibiclens vaginally every six hours during labor was as effective as wiping out the strep b during labor as IV antibiotics. my MW also suggested probiotics to keep my good flora levels up.
 

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I am refusing the GBS test. In an article on mothering, I read the only 0.5% of babies will get sick from GBS even if you are positive. I printed out the article and am going to take it to my doctor at my next appt. Plus, antibiotics are not the best thing you want your baby to have in her/his system. Here's a link to the article. Good luck.<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/articles/pregnancy_birth/birth_preparation/group-b.html" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/articles/pr...n/group-b.html</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">strep b ususally recolonizes even after antibiotic treatment, and if he tested you after you've been on abx for a week, you may test neg., but in fact re-clononize before you give birth. the idea is to get it out of the path of the baby when in labor. in the hospital they traditionally give IV antibiotics, but another way is to use something called hibiclens while birthing. there is a study they did in europe that proved using the hibiclens vaginally every six hours during labor was as effective as wiping out the strep b during labor as IV antibiotics. my MW also suggested probiotics to keep my good flora levels up.</div>
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A link to the hibiclens protocol based on this study is in post #3
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Am I correct that douching of any kind is not recommended during pg (until labor has begun)?</div>
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well douching does have risks, but safety measures can be taken and the risks/benefits should be weighed.<br>
The key is to go slowly, allow the fluid to flow in, and to not have anything forcefully enter the vagina.
 

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I wasn't tested but I'm using probiotics orally and vaginally as a precaution.
 

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So, I had to have my GBS test at my last OB appt. Right before my OB did the swab he says to me, "I personally think this whole test is a crock, but somebody is making a ton of money off of it!" I can't remember everything he said, but he was talking about the management of high-risk babies involving measures that would treat for infection anyway, so what was the point of testing (something about prolonged rupture of membranes or preterm labor). He also said that a healthy term baby can come through a "Strep-filled vagina" and be fine. He did say that if it was positive he would give me antibiotics during labor, so I'll probably just do that. So, we'll see.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So, I had to have my GBS test at my last OB appt. Right before my OB did the swab he says to me, "I personally think this whole test is a crock, but somebody is making a ton of money off of it!" I can't remember everything he said, but he was talking about the management of high-risk babies involving measures that would treat for infection anyway, so what was the point of testing (something about prolonged rupture of membranes or preterm labor). He also said that a healthy term baby can come through a "Strep-filled vagina" and be fine. He did say that if it was positive he would give me antibiotics during labor, so I'll probably just do that. So, we'll see.</div>
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Wow! What a reaction from a doc! Funny, though. He thinks it's a crock, yet he says he "will give you" antibiotics during labor. Not "I will go over the risks and benefits of antibiotics and make them available to you if you wish". It's like he's willing to take half a step in the proper direction, but not commit to the idea that beta strep may be managed better than profocactic abx for every laboring woman reguardless of membrane status, overall health, speed of labor, gestational age, bacterial load. . .
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow! What a reaction from a doc! Funny, though. He thinks it's a crock, yet he says he "will give you" antibiotics during labor. Not "I will go over the risks and benefits of antibiotics and make them available to you if you wish".</div>
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I think he'd be open to talking about options <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> He's really cool. He always says things like, "I've been doing this a long time, I'm not worried about doing things just so I won't get sued." I can tell it probably takes a lot to get him excited. I used to work L&D and I really can't stand doctors that get all excited over the littlest things. My OB used to practice in L.A. and left to come to this tiny little hospital. You should see where I'll be delivering...t.i.n.y. I love it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think he'd be open to talking about options <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> He's really cool. He always says things like, <b>"I've been doing this a long time, I'm not worried about doing things just so I won't get sued."</b> I can tell it probably takes a lot to get him excited. I used to work L&D and I really can't stand doctors that get all excited over the littlest things. My OB used to practice in L.A. and left to come to this tiny little hospital. You should see where I'll be delivering...t.i.n.y. I love it.</div>
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That is such a cool (and funny) thing for him to say. He sounds like a character. I'm sure he'd be willing to talk (got that vibe from your first post), I just think it's funny that he still just followed protocol (waiting for the patient to ask) instead of presenting the options himself, KWIM?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> How tiny is the hospital? I had seamus in a small one, but noth tiny exactly. There were 4 L&D rooms. I did like it. Funny, walking in my initial reaction was "eww this place is dumpy", but none of that mattered at all.
 

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I have a whole list of things that I have gathered in order to combt this as I have been positive two out of four times and am determined not to be again.<br>
If you e-mail me, I will send you the pages I have in a Microsoft Word file. Just title your e-mail GBS remedies...<br>
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