Post # 1
I know from having uti’s in the past that I am group B strep positive. I know when you are pregnant they test you for it at like 35 weeks or something but I also know that it’s something that is persistent and once you have it it’s likely to stick around either in the genitals and/ or the gastrointestinal tract. 2 friends just gave birth this week and both babies have group B strep infections. I’d like to do something- if there is anything- to try to get rid of GBS before TTC. I’ve read about people putting garlic in their lady parts, not particularly interested in that lol. Anyone have any dietary advice, vitamins, supplements, herbs- that got rid of GBS??
Post # 3
@SeaTurtle88: did your friends have antibiotics for it before giving birth? my sister had it and they gave her antibiotics before she delivered and the baby was fine.
Post # 4
@jny1179: unfortunately both had antibiotics and both got infected anyway 🙁 I know they give you antibiotics every 4 hours during labor but I guess it isn’t always 100% effective
Post # 5
@jny1179: +1. Antibiotics for GBS+ women by and large prevents infections in the infant after it’s born. Unless it’s an issue for you with recurrent UTIs, there’s no real reason to get rid of it
ETA: GBS only affects baby when giving birth, not at conception
ETA again!: sorry to hear about your friends babies getting infected – that’s pretty unusual though!
Post # 6
There is some evidence that taking a probiotic supplement (lactobacillus cultures, such as from yogurt) can help flood your GI tract with beneficial bacteria that overwhelms the Group B strep. A midwife I talked to recommended Florajen 3.
Evidence Based Birth also has a helpful posting on Group B strep.
Post # 7
I don’t know of any way to get rid of it. :/
I tested positive and got the antibiotics during labor. I only needed one dose as my labor was very short; baby turned out just fine.