I am 23 weeks and recently tested positive for Group B Strep. I have a script for antibiotics which I would LOVE not to fill if possible. Any natural suggestions? The web research I have done is so alarmist! I need some level headed advice. TIA!
I think I may have heard that probiotics and echinacea work... Double check that, though... Anyone else?<br><br>
Here's a link I found--maybe it will help <a href="http://gentlebirth.org/archives/gbsAlt.html" target="_blank">http://gentlebirth.org/archives/gbsAlt.html</a>
It is odd to be tested this early for GBS. Is it a possibility that they found it in your urine sample, or have they swabbed your rectum and vagina? If it is in your urine, they may be prescribing the antibiotic to clear up a possible UTI. If you've been swabbed, garlic inserts are helpful, probiotics, and/or a hibiclens wash every 4 hours during labor. There is a very helpful article on GBS on this website that I found just by searching Group B Strep in the search engine on this site. HTH! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
My group B strep test came back as positive and I demanded a retest. I did *nothing* and a week later, the results were different.<br><br>
I agree, 23 weeks is way early. Isn't this normally done with a swab?
My MW friend (my other mommy), told me if you do tea tree oil suppositories for a week your test should be negative, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> I guess cause of the antiseptic properties (like garlic). She did say they can be kinda irritating though and you should try putting a little tea tree oil on your labia first to make sure it doesn't burn and irritate too much before you use it internally.<br>
I think you have to do the research and make the decision for yourself. I was GBS+, and after reading the research, chose not to do the antibiotics (and had I chosen to do them, it wouldn't have worked anyway-labour was too fast!). I had to monitor E's temps for a couple of weeks, but all was well. In a very small %age, it does not go well though-so I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending this route.<br>
My MW had me take garlic supplements (orally), probiotics, and eat a cleansing diet; not sure if this helped to "get rid" of GBS (didn't have time to re-test), but it's supposed to help. GL!
Urine is normally sterile. If there's any sort of bacteria detectable in your urine, that's abnormal. It's not the same as being GBS+ on a swab test.<br><br>
You may want to opt for a retest if you're not REALLY sure you got a clean catch, though. Make sure you not only use the little wipe, but also pee some into the toilet before filling the cup to "clear things out." GBS is routinely present in the vaginal area for 10-40% of women, so it would be easy for it to get caught in the stream on the way out if you don't follow proper clean catch procedures.