What Is Group-Beta Streptococcus?
Near the end of a woman’s pregnancy, she is offered the chance to test for Group-Beta Streptococcus, or GBS. This is a bacterial colonization that exists in about 30% of women. Most of the time you don’t even know you have it, and won’t see any effects from it in your baby.
It’s one of those things that doctors test for just to be cautious. GBS lives in the reproductive and digestive tracts. Childbirth exposes your baby to the bacteria and can result in infections in the blood, pnuemonia, or meningitis. It can be cleared up with antibiotics and then the mother is usually given antibiotics during delivery, just to be safe.
Are You a High Risk for Group-Beta Streptococcus?
While not all moms are thrilled with the prospect of antibiotics, sometimes they are necessary. If you deliver before 37 weeks, are in labor longer than 17 hours after your water breaks, have a bad urinary tract infection in your last trimester, or develop a fever before or during labor, you’ll want to consider antibiotics.
Always talk to your doctor or midwife about these risk factors and have a plan of action. It never hurts to think of “just in case.”
How Can I Treat Group-Beta Streptococcus?
Say you’ve just tested positive for Group-Beta Streptococcus at 35 weeks. You know that you want to avoid antibiotics, so you need to think of ways to clear this up naturally. There are a lot of solutions. First off, eat a probiotic rich diet. Since GBS is often found in the digestive tract as well as reproductive area, you want to treat both. Water Kefir, Yogurt, Sauerkraut and fermented food will give you a healthy gut. Take probiotics orally daily, and vaginally every couple of days.
Other solutions that can clear up GBS:
- Consuming raw garlic or garlic capsules daily
- Taking coconut oil
- Reduce your sugar intake and switching to a raw honey
- Having a water birth
Yogurt Douche to Treat Group-Beta Streptococcus
Another way you can treat GBS is with a yogurt douche. The fermented food really helps. You can either use a plain, organic yogurt or break open a probiotic gel cap and add the contents to yogurt before douching. You can do this once or twice a week until you deliver. Diluted apple cider vinegar daily is also a recommended.