Steps to avoid GBS before your baby’s birth*

Written by​ ​​Claire​ ​Dawn, Herbalist,​ ​Photographer,​ ​and​ ​Infant​ ​Potty​ ​Training​ ​Coach

Message​ ​from​ ​Claire:

It’s​ ​good​ ​to​ ​work​ ​towards​ ​avoiding​ ​group​ ​b​ ​strep​ ​(GBS)​ ​​ ​right​ ​from​ ​the​ ​start​ ​as​ ​a​ ​daily​ ​practice​ ​so​ ​you won’t​ ​be​ ​impacted​ ​by​ ​the​ ​medical​ ​protocols​ ​at​ ​your​ ​baby’s​ ​birth. Here​ ​is​ ​my​ ​suggested​ ​protocol​ ​based​ ​on​ ​my​ ​own​ ​training​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​and​ ​also​ ​some​ ​input​ ​from​ ​my midwife,​ ​Heather​ ​Briggs,​ ​&​ ​doula,​ ​Lucy​ ​Yanow.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​included​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​methods​ ​to​ ​help​ ​prevent​ ​GBS as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​specific​ ​products​ ​to​ ​use​ ​internally​ ​which​ ​will​ ​have​ ​additional​ ​health​ ​benefits​ ​even​ ​after​ ​the​ ​birth!

The​ ​topical​ ​ideas​ ​can​ ​be​ ​used​ ​for​ ​the​ ​weeks​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​a​ ​GBS​ ​test,​ ​and​ ​occasionally​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​your​ ​baby’s birth,​ ​for​ ​a​ ​healthy​ ​vaginal​ ​canal.​ ​Babies​ ​get​ ​much​ ​of​ ​their​ ​intestinal​ ​flora​ ​by​ ​passing​ ​through​ ​the​ ​birth canal.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​end​ ​up​ ​with​ ​a​ ​c-section,​ ​swabbing​ ​your​ ​little​ ​ones​ ​mouth​ ​with​ ​some,​ ​for​ ​lack​ ​of​ ​a​ ​more eloquent​ ​term,​ ​”vagina​ ​juice”,​ ​can​ ​help​ ​them​ ​have​ ​a​ ​healthier​ ​gut​ ​for​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​their​ ​lives!

All​ ​of​ ​the​ ​suggested​ ​products​ ​can​ ​be​ ​found​ ​online​ ​at​ ​​ ​,​ ​​ ​or​ ​contact​ ​your local​ ​health​ ​food​ ​and​ ​supplement​ ​store.

GBS Protocol: Topical​

(To​ ​be​ ​inserted​ ​vaginally)

  • Tea​ ​tree​ ​suppositories
    • Very​ ​antimicrobial
    • Insert​ ​one​ ​per​ ​day​ ​upon​ ​waking​ ​for​ ​the​ ​two​ ​weeks​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​the​ ​GBS​ ​test.​ ​(If​ ​you​ ​only​ ​know about​ ​the​ ​test​ ​one​ ​week​ ​prior,​ ​do​ ​it​ ​for​ ​that​ ​whole​ ​week).​ ​Insert​ ​it​ ​as​ ​high​ ​up​ ​in​ ​the​ ​vagina as​ ​possible.
    • If​ ​vaginal​ ​flora​ ​seems​ ​compromised​ ​in​ ​any​ ​way​ ​(yeasty,​ ​itchy,​ ​inflamed​ ​or​ ​uncomfortable) then​ ​try​ ​one​ ​in​ ​the​ ​morning​ ​and​ ​another​ ​in​ ​the​ ​evening​ ​for​ ​a​ ​couple​ ​days
    • If​ ​you​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​make​ ​your​ ​own​ ​tea​ ​tree​ ​suppository,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​resources​ ​and directions​ ​in​ ​some​ ​pregnancy​ ​books​ ​and​ ​websites.
  • Aviva​ ​Romm​ ​is​ ​very​ ​knowledgeable​ ​with​ ​all​ ​things​ ​pregnancy​ ​and​ ​baby​ ​and​ ​has many​ ​wonderful​ ​books​ ​and​ ​a​ ​helpful​ ​website.​ ​Though​ ​I​ ​would​ ​personally​ ​omit​ ​the comfort​ ​powder,​ ​her​ ​recipe​ ​is​ ​very​ ​medicinal.​ ​Here’s​ ​the​ ​link​ ​to​ ​her​ ​vaginal infection recipe.
  • Here’s​ ​a​ ​more​ ​basic yeast prevention​ ​recipe​
  • Whenever​ ​possible,​ ​organic​ ​is​ ​the​ ​best​ ​choice​ ​for​ ​these​ ​ingredients.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​find most​  yeast prevention ingredients ​ ​here​.
    • Wear​ ​a​ ​pantyliner​ ​as​ ​suppositories​ ​can​ ​leak
  • Probiotics​ ​like​ ​HealthForce​ ​‘FemProbio’​ ​or​ ​Garden​ ​of​ ​Life​ ​‘Vaginal​ ​Care
    • Boosts​ ​beneficial​ ​bacteria​ ​“flora”​ ​in​ ​the​ ​vaginal​ ​canal
    • There​ ​are​ ​2​ ​options​ ​for​ ​inserting​ ​probiotics​ ​before​ ​bed:
      • Option​ ​1​ ​-​ ​Insert​ ​the​ ​whole​ ​capsule​ ​as​ ​high​ ​as​ ​possible.​ ​avoid​ ​anything​ ​labeled as​ ​enteric​ ​coated,​ ​as​ ​it​ ​won’t​ ​absorb​ ​well​ ​enough
      • Option​ ​2:​ ​Empty​ ​a​ ​capsule​ ​into​ ​a​ ​little​ ​cup​ ​and​ ​dip​ ​a​ ​damp​ ​finger​ ​in​ ​to​ ​coat,​ ​then insert​ ​and​ ​swipe​ ​in​ ​vagina​ ​as​ ​deep​ ​as​ ​is​ ​comfortable;
  • Vinegar​ ​&​ ​Water
    •  Rinse/sweep​ ​vaginal​ ​canal​ ​using​ ​finger​ ​dipped​ ​in​ ​rinse
    • 2​ ​tbs​ ​water​ ​to​ ​1​ ​tbs​ ​vinegar,​ ​or​ ​4​ ​tsp​ ​water​ ​to​ ​1​ ​tsp​ ​vinegar​ ​if​ ​the​ ​former​ ​feels​ ​too​ ​strong
      I’ve​ ​used​ ​both​ ​apple​ ​cider​ ​&​ ​white,​ ​depending​ ​on​ ​severity​ ​of​ ​situation,​ ​as​ ​white​ ​seems stronger.
  • Whole​ ​peeled​ ​garlic​ ​clove
    • Peel​ ​a​ ​clove​ ​of​ ​garlic.​ ​Using​ ​a​ ​needle,​ ​thread​ ​a​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​natural​ ​dental​ ​floss​ ​through​ ​it​ ​and
      tie​ ​the​ ​down​ ​floss​ ​to​ ​it​ ​so​ ​the​ ​string​ ​hangs​ ​out.​ ​​ ​Insert​ ​into​ ​the​ ​vagina​ ​as​ ​deep​ ​as​ ​is
    • Leave​ ​in​ ​place​ ​for​ ​anywhere​ ​from​ ​2-8​ ​hours
    • Here’s​ ​an​ ​informative​ ​link​ ​on​ ​garlic​ ​and​ ​GBS
  • Plain​ ​unsweetened​ ​yogurt
    • Boosts​ ​beneficial​ ​bacteria​ ​populations​ ​and​ ​is​ ​very​ ​soothing​ ​for​ ​yeast​ ​infections
    • Swipe​ ​a​ ​fingerful​ ​into​ ​your​ ​vagina​ ​as​ ​deep​ ​as​ ​is​ ​comfortable
    • Can​ ​be​ ​used​ ​throughout​ ​pregnancy
  • Keep​​ ​your​ ​vagina​ ​clean
    • Avoid​ ​using​ ​soaps​ ​on​ ​your​ ​vagina
    • Wear​ ​only​ ​cotton​ ​undies,​ ​or​ ​no​ ​undies​ ​at​ ​all!!!

GBS Protocol: Internal

  • Garlic
    • Eat​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​you​ ​are​ ​comfortable​ ​with,​ ​no​ ​need​ ​to​ ​over​ ​do​ ​it
    • If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​trouble​ ​digesting​ ​garlic,​ ​feel​ ​free​ ​to​ ​only​ ​use​ ​it​ ​topically.
  • Plain​ ​organic​ ​unsweetened​ ​yogurt
    • Works​ ​to​ ​increase​ ​helpful​ ​beneficial​ ​bacteria
    • Eat​ ​as​ ​often​ ​as​ ​you​ ​like​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​you​ ​are​ ​comfortable​ ​with
    • If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​dairy​ ​intolerant,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​many​ ​non-dairy​ ​options​ ​available.
  • Host​ ​Defense​ ​’My​ ​Community’
    • medicinal​ ​mushroom​ ​blend​ ​for​ ​immune​ ​support​ ​&​ ​antimicrobial​ ​action
    • Use​ ​according​ ​to​ ​bottle,​ ​2-4​ ​droppers​ ​in​ ​the​ ​morning
    • Preferably​ ​the​ ​liquid,​ ​but​ ​capsules​ ​are​ ​ok
  • Cranberry​ ​juice
    • Supports​ ​healthy​ ​urinary​ ​tract​ ​and​ ​body​ ​ecology
    • Start​ ​every​ ​morning​ ​with​ ​a​ ​splash​ ​of​ ​cranberry​ ​juice​ ​(unsweetened)​ ​in​ ​8​ ​oz​ ​purified​ ​water
  • Urban​ ​Moonshine​ ​’Chamomile​ ​Bitters’
    • Supports​ ​digestive​ ​health​ ​&​ ​aids​ ​detoxification
    • Use​ ​1-3​ ​sprays​ ​before​ ​each​ ​meal​ ​or​ ​during​ ​times​ ​of​ ​indigestion
  • Health​ ​Force​ ​Nutritionals​ ​’Vitamin​ ​C’
    • Supports​ ​immune​ ​function
    • Use​ ​according​ ​to​ ​bottle.​ ​This​ ​can​ ​be​ ​sprinkled​ ​on​ ​your​ ​yogurt​ ​snack​ ​at​ ​night​ ​or​ ​add​ ​to your​ ​cranberry​ ​juice​ ​in​ ​the​ ​morning
  • Lemon​ ​juice
    • Rich​ ​in​ ​vitamin​ ​C​ ​and​ ​aids​ ​detoxification
    • Be​ ​sure​ ​to​ ​rinse​ ​your​ ​mouth​ ​with​ ​water,​ ​preferably​ ​warm,​ ​after​ ​any​ ​citrus​ ​juices​ ​to​ ​protect
      the​ ​enamel​ ​on​ ​your​ ​teeth
    • A​ ​splash​ ​can​ ​be​ ​added​ ​to​ ​your​ ​morning​ ​cranberry​ ​juice
  • Herb​ ​Pharm​ ​’Echinacea’
    • Use​ ​specifically​ ​the​ ​week​ ​or​ ​two​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​GBS​ ​test
    • 25​ ​drops​ ​3x​ ​day​ ​in​ ​a​ ​little​ ​hot​ ​water
    • Immune​ ​supportive
  • HealthAid​ ​’FemProbio’​ ​or​ ​Garden​ ​of​ ​Life​ ​‘Vaginal​ ​Care’​ ​Probiotics
    • These​ ​two​ ​brands​ ​include​ ​lactobacillus​ ​reuteri,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​specific​ ​against​ ​GBS​ ​&​ ​supports
      general​ ​digestive​ ​&​ ​vaginal​ ​health
    • Use​ ​1​ ​capsule​ ​in​ ​the​ ​morning,​ ​and​ ​for​ ​optional​ ​extra​ ​probiotic​ ​boost​ ​take​ ​another​ ​at​ ​night
      Additional​ ​fermented​ ​foods​ ​to​ ​support​ ​digestive​ ​health​ ​are​ ​a​ ​plus,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​sauerkraut,​ ​kefir,​ ​and miso
  • You​ ​can​ ​make​ ​a​ ​pregnancy​ ​safe​ ​herbal​ ​chai​ ​including​ ​burdock,​ ​fennel,​ ​rose​ ​hips,​ ​elderberries, cinnamon,​ ​and​ ​cardamom
    • Add​ ​1⁄4​ ​cup​ ​herbs​ ​to​ ​a​ ​quart​ ​of​ ​boiling​ ​water​ ​and​ ​then​ ​simmer​ ​on​ ​low​ ​for​ ​10-30​ ​minutes, strain​ ​and​ ​add​ ​honey​ ​or​ ​some​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​milk​ ​if​ ​desired.​ ​It​ ​can​ ​be​ ​enjoyed​ ​cold.
    • Supports​ ​digestion,​ ​immune​ ​function,​ ​and​ ​blood​ ​sugar​ ​balance
  • Avoid​ ​most​ ​sugars,​ ​especially​ ​refined​ ​white​ ​sugars​ ​&​ ​refined​ ​carbohydrates

For​ ​any​ ​questions about the GBS Protocol

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The GBS protocol contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not
advice,​ ​and​ ​should​ ​not​ ​be​ ​treated​ ​as​ ​such.

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