GROUP B STREPTOCOCCUS (GBS)
¨GBS is a type of bacteria that some woman carry as part of their normal vaginal flora
¨In the USA, pregnant woman are screened for the presence of GBS between 35-37 weeks
¨Some women who carry GBS can pass the bacteria on to their infants during birth and RARELY, these infants can sick with Early Onset GBS disease.
¨Woman who test positive for GBS are informed and will be offered IV antibiotics when they are in active labor
Now that you know some of the basics and I know you may have more questions ,but what I wanted to pass on to you even more importantly is
STRATEGIES FOR REDUCING GBS COLONIZATION IN PREGNANCY
As many of you know I believe being proactive has a positive effect on the mind and body so after searching for a long time Ifound these tips to pass on to you to help decrease your worries of GBS.
Start at 32 weeks since most of you are screened between 35 & 37 weeks. Use one, all ,or a combination of any of these.
Probiotics take one per day
Echinacea 3x a day with food
Vitamin C 500mg daily
Garlic –eat fresh garlic daily preferably raw and organic (crush in salads, soup etc)
Burdock Root & Echinacea Root infusion:
Steep 0.5 oz of Burdock and Echinacea in 4 cups boiling water. Steep for 2 hours. Strain. Drink one cup daily. Store any extra to drink the next day.
Enjoy these healthy remedies while boosting your immunity and decreasing overgrowth of GBS.