I am going to give some back ground information here that may seem
irrelevant. However my goal is to give you the whole picture as it may
effect my entire overall health and current state of my body. So please
bear with me.
I am currently 34 years old and 37 weeks pregnant, in a couple days will
be 38 weeks. I am on my third pregnancy, having delivered both prior
children vaginally with no complication, intervention, iv or other. My
first was born between 34 and 35 weeks weighing 6 lb 8 oz with no health
issues and my second at 38 weeks weighing 6 lb 2 oz again no health
Two weeks ago I had my GBS test and last week found out it came back
positive. I was not tested with either of my previous children. They
swabbed vag and per. They did not give me a numbers count or tell me
which area or if both tested positive.
I have been sick for over 6 weeks now with a cold. I have seen my drs
multiple times regarding this, and every time am told it is simply a
common cold. I have had no fever at all, no infection, sinus, lung, ear
or other. I simply have a nasty cough and sinus congestion that wont
I have been fighting oral thrush for 2 1/2-3 weeks now. It started out
very painful with a fully coated, thick, white tongue. through diet I
have now reduced it to fully pink with extra texture on the sides,
occasional soreness and swollen taste buds all over. I have not been on
any antibiotics, but have been taking Robitussin and some prescription
cough syrup for my cough since it was so bad it was bringing on
contractions and caused me to pull ribs and throw out my back. I have
also been using safe, herbal cough drops, and now taking tylenol to cope
with the pain from the ribs and back. And I have been taking Pepcid AC
and Tums for heart burn.
My only other symptom is swelling and water retention. My blood pressure
remains low and not an issue. The swelling is always worse on my right
side and most prevalent in my feet and legs.
In regards to the strep.
In retrospect I think I may have contributed to the positive results. I
took my shower the night before my appointment just before bed and put
on clean panties then. I had 3 bowel movements between the time of my
shower and the time of my appointment. In retrospect I would have done
things differently, such as showering just before my appointment and
putting on clean undies then, making sure that I was freshly clean down
there before the test, so there was no chance of recolonization.
For the week before my GBS test I had been doing garlic suppositories
vaginally as my doula had recommended to ensure a negative culture.
However upon further reading after my results I now believe I was doing
this wrong. I had been using whole cloves and only scoring them. I have
now read one should only use a half a clove and should crush it to
release the optimal amount of allicin, which is the component in garlic
that actually kills the strep.
The dr currently wants to put me on an iv drip of antibiotics
(penicillin) at time of labor. After my appointment I spent the weekend
researching GBS, antibiotics and alternatives. my reading has lead me to
be highly uncomfortable with the use of antibiotics as a preventative
measure against complications in infants. I personally feel the risks
far out way the possible but certainly not guaranteed benefits.
At this point it is my plan to refuse this treatment. If I have fever at
the time of labor or premature rupture of membranes I will rethink this
and readdress the pros verses cons. I do not anticipate this being an
issue at this time though.
I also spent hours and days reserching alternatives and feel that the
safest and most effective for me would be a simple combination of garlic
and yogurt. Using the garlic to help kill any exisitng GBS and the
yogurt to help prevent any recolonization.
I have currently been using a combination consisting of one dose a day
of a half clove of garlic, crushed and inserted for several hours. Then a
few hours latter a generous dose of active, live culture, plain yogurt.
then repeating the yogurt dose again in a few hours. I am open to
adjusting this dosage regiment if any of you have knowledge of a better
formula. I am just kind of winging it.
I was also doing rectal alcohol swabs after each bowel movment, but this
burnt like wild fire. Since I have numerous bms a day I have slacked
off this due to pain and inconvenience.
I have also been trying to boost my immune system and replenish my intestinal flora orally.
I have bene taking 1,000-1,5000 mg vitamin C a day, drinking two cups of
echenacea tea a day, eating at least 2 large slices of sour dough
garlic toast topped with a varriety of hard cheeses a day. I have been
eating a varriety of C rich foods, drinking at least 48 oz of water a
day and have been eating 12-18 oz of active, live culture yogurt a day.
Along with adding active live culture cottage cheese in where i can and
taking my other vitamins, D, super B, prenatal, etc.
I am open to adjusting any of this or adding additional things if any of
you suggest. This regiment seems to be helping with the thrush, but my
cold does not seem to be improving at all.
I am also hoping to talk my dr into using a hexidine wash at the hospital to further reduce risk to my newborn.
I have done my research on hexidine, and had considered the idea of
using it once or twice a week untill labor, but the statistics dont
really show that this would help as GBS recolonizes so quickly, and
there would be added risk of abosorbtion into my and babies blood
streams. At this time I am most comfortable with just the garlic adn
yogurt for now and only using the hexidine at the time of birth.
I am also aware of two different kinds of tests they can perform on
newborns to test for likely hood of complications. One is a blood test
and the other a 4 point swab test. It is my hopes to talk the dr into
testing her after birth.
I would love feed back on my research and conclusions, along with any
added suggestions you guys may have! also i do have links to my
resources if any one is interested in reading up for themselves.
Okay, finally getting to my actual questions.
I have had friends show concern that the garlic, being a blood thinner,
will put me and baby in danger. How much garlic is actually too much?I
am likely eating about 2 tsps or a bit more of minced garlic a day. Is
this really enough to put us at risk of bleeding to death?
I was not planning on bathing her at the hospital. I would love to hear
your input on pros verses cons when the strep issue is added in.
On one side her natural layer of protection could protect her from the
GBS, as my reasoning for leaving it in place till we got home was to
protect her from any exposure to crap at the hospital.
On the other side one could argue that leaving her unbathed increases
risk of complications if I choose to leave her covered in essentially a
layer of GBS.
However neither senerio factors in weather or not my at home regiment is
successful and how much GBS may actually be present at the time of
birth.(there is no way they are going to test me while in labor to see
if i am still positive) Nor does it address the fact that even with GBS
present on me I haven't had any indications of vagginitis or other
issues, and that babies get antibodies from mom. Thus if my system is
copping with the presence of GBS it is more likely my newborns body will
be capable of coping as well.
With all of the information, which would be your suggestion? bathe or don't bathe, and why?
I thank you guys in advance for you input and feedback! This whole matter has been very stressful for me!