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GBS+ During Pregnancy

 

The mom in this photo tested positive with group B strep* infection (GBS+) in her final trimester and received I.V. antibiotics during labor. Group b strep are a pathogenic bacterium that sporadically live in the rectum, intestines, urinary tract, and genital area of all pregnant and non-pregnant healthy people.

These bacteria don’t typically cause problems when kept in check by good flora (probiotics) that naturally live in your body, but if they can cause a mild to serious infection if they are allowed to overpopulate.

GBS+ is very common during pregnancy. In fact more than 25% of pregnant women are diagnosed with this infection which is a concern as a GBS infection can be harmful to both mom and her baby.

Signs of GBS Infection

  • Vaginal Burning & Irritation
  • Unusual Vaginal Discharge (often mistaken for yeast infection and treated incorrectly)
  • “Vaginitis” Symptoms
  • Bladder Infections (with or without symptoms)
  • Previous Miscarriages
  • Positive GBS Test Result

A lot of women do not have any of above symptoms. This is why routine GBS screenings are an important part of your prenatal care. Ask your care provider to test you earlier in pregnancy. Not just in the 3rd trimester at 35-37 weeks.

Women who test GBS+in their last trimester of pregnancy are said to be ‘colonized. This means that the GBS now dominate the good flora. They have established themselves in the mom’s birth canal. This can pose a real problem for baby who will soon travel down that canal to be born. The GBS can also travel from mom’s vagina to her uterus during labor. These are two ways that mom’s GBS infection can be passed on to her baby during a vaginal delivery.

GBS+ is the #1 cause of life threatening infections for newborn

Not every baby born to a mom with GBS+ will contract GBS+. More often than not it’s the babies born to mom’s with large amounts of GBS in her system that are at greatest risk. Statistics show that 1 in 2,000 babies become infected, yet the outcome can be severe enough that most physicians test for it in routine prenatal care.

Click here to see if your unborn baby is high risk for GBS+. 

A newborn can become ill if the GBS enters his blood stream. Some of the more common symptoms are shock, pneumonia, and meningitis. GBS+ is now the #1 cause of life threatening infections for newborns. Though rare, GBS can cross intact membranes and infect a baby while in utero.

Newborns are not the only ones affected by GBS+. This infection can also cause a pregnant mom to miscarry, deliver prematurely, and get a bladder or womb infection (i.e. amnionitis, endometritis).

During pregnancy it’s a lot easier to become infected by the GBS. This is because a women’s body undergoes big hormonal and chemical changes as soon as she gets pregnant. But especially in the 3rd trimester when her body changes kick up a notch. For example, the sugar content of her vaginal fluids increases exponentially. And quite a bit of warm blood pools into her pelvic area. The GBS thrive and grow in a sugary environment. They bask in the warmth.

Pregnancy strains mom’s immune system

All this activity in a pregnant mom’s body can strain her immune system. Hampers its ability to keep the GBS from colonizing even more. This makes it hard for her to fight off the infection. Adding to all of this is the fact that the GBS create harmful toxins. Toxins that can stress a mom’s kidneys. As it heightens their need to filter out waste.

When the immune system is down, the GBS have an easier time to overpopulate the good flora. They are able to travel from the mom’s surface membranes (where they typically live when they are harmless) and invade and infect her bloodstream, tissues, and even organs. If this occurs, a mom can test positive (+) for GBS.

Whether you are pregnant already. Or hope to be in the future. Now is the time to prepare for a healthy baby that can be born naturally. HERE are some tricks to do it.

*Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is NOT the same as Group A Streptococcus which causes strep throat.

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Good reads

http://www.thejessecause.org/pages/gbs_brochure.html

http://www.glorialemay.com/blog/?p=615

Great Article on GBS

How One Mom & Her Baby Thrived on The Body Ecology Diet

Strep B and the Body Ecology Recommendations to Avoid It

References

Gardner, J. (1987). Vaginal Infections.  Healing Yourself During Pregnancy. Freedom, CA.: The Crossing Press

Gates, D. (2007). Strep B and The Body Ecology Recommendations to Prevent and Overcome It. Retrieved from  http://bodyecology.com/articles/strep_b_prevent_and_overcome.php#.UkbjPobkvNl

Iannelli, V.  M.D. (2004).  More About Group B Strep.  Retrieved from http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/commoninfections/a/group_b_strep_3.htm

Nettleman, Mary.  M.D. (2009).  Group B Strep Infection. Retrieved from http://www.emedicinehealth.com/group_b_strep_infection/page2_em.htm

Pulugurtha, S. (2010) Causes of a Strep B Infection. Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/255715-causes-of-a-strep-b-infection/

The Group B Strep Association (n.d.).  Awareness of Group B Streptococcus Infection During Pregnancy.  Retrieved from http://www.childbirth.org/articles/GBS.html

Photo Credit: http://www.fullcirclehealthcareinc.com/group-b-strep-testing.html

Disclaimer: This content is for general information only; primarily educational in nature; and should not be treated as a substitute for medical advice of your doctor that you, the reader, may require for any cause whatsoever, now or in future. Consult  a medical doctor regarding any health problem(s) and keep him/her fully informed to the opinions, ideas, and dietary advice offered on this site that you find useful.

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