Group B Strep: What You Can Do

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is an opportunistic pathogen bacteria that can lead to meningitis in infants. The best way you can prevent this is to support your body with pre and probiotics. Here’s some info on Group B Strep and a one page summary  on Evidence Based Birth. Women’s health expert and midwife Aviva Romm provides thorough info on what you can do & more here.

One of the challenges with GBS is that testing is done late in pregnancy – it is done that way for a reason, because it is used to diagnostically determine if antibiotics will be needed during labor. However, earlier GBS testing would give you more time to take pre and probiotics to rebuild your microbiome if you think you might be susceptible to this or are worried about having to take antibiotics. In some hospitals and under the care of some providers, you may be able to decline antibiotics if you wish but there are many risks involved which you should discuss with your medical care provider.

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