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Group B Strep - Prevention and Treatment During Pregnancy

Group B Strep – Prevention and Treatment During Pregnancy

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Group B Strep (GBS), or Group B Streptococcus is a bacteria that lives in 25% of healthy women in the vagina or rectum. It is rare to occur (1 in 2000 babies in the US), but it is possible for a woman to pass this on to her baby during birth. Of women who test positive for GBS, 1 out of 200 of these babies who aren’t treated with antibiotics will get GBS.

The most common complications from GBS are sepsis, pneumonia, and meningitis. Although it is unlikely the baby will develop GBS even if you test positive, it is important to try to prevent yourself from getting GBS to avoid any complications.

Conventional Treatment for Group B Strep

The standard treatment for GBS is to give women IV antibiotics during labor. The first choice of antibiotics is penicillin. However, if you are allergic like me, you would have to be treated with alternative antibiotics. Vancomycin is the next choice after penicillin. Clindamycin and Cefazolin are also used as an alternative to penicillin.

What is the problem with these drugs? First of all, all antibiotics destroy all bacteria in your gut, good and bad. This creates the ideal environment for the “bad” bacteria to take over. Why does this matter with pregnancy? Science shows us that babies born vaginally take on their mother’s gut bacteria. If the mother’s “good” gut bacteria is wiped out prior to birth, the baby will take on the balance of bacteria existing in her gut.

The worst case scenario is if the woman is given drugs like Vancomycin, Clindamycin and Cefazolin. These drugs have the ability to destroy your mitochondrial DNA, or the ability of your cells to repair themselves. This is permanent damage and this is why I wanted to avoid getting Group B Strep at all costs.

Group B Strep Alternative Treatment

The following are great natural alternatives to preventing Group B Strep in the first place and treating the infection. I am happy to report that I tried many of the methods below and I tested negative for Group B Strep! Make sure you talk to your doctor about any changes you implement.

Take Vitamin C

Take a whole food based Vitamin C powder like acerola or camu camu for at least 2 weeks prior to taking the Group B Strep test. Work with your doctor, midwife or health professional to determine the appropriate amount for you to take.

Eat Raw Garlic

Eat at least 1-2 cloves of raw garlic every day for 2 weeks prior to the test. If you are able to stomach eating more, that is great! Garlic is naturally anti-bacterial. One method that is easier to get garlic down is mincing it small and swallowing it with a glass of water, preferably with a full stomach. You could also put the minced cloves on a slice of buttered bread which is delicious. I like mixing a clove or two with a little raw honey and rinsing it down.

Insert a Whole Garlic Clove

Now this method I was not consistent about. I didn’t start inserting a garlic clove vaginally until a week before the test. If you want to try this method, I would recommend doing this every day for 2 weeks before the test. Peel a whole garlic clove, take a needle and thread it to string through the garlic clove. Tie knots at either end in order to pull out the clove easily.

Take a Probiotic

I took a probiotic daily throughout pregnancy and prior to conceiving. The probiotic I took was 2 pills a day of Bio-Kult. I then gradually increased my dose to 6 pills a day prior to the Group B Strep test. 2 weeks before the test, I increased my dosage to 3 pills a day for 2 days straight, then 4 pills a day for 2 days straight and so on. Other great probiotics include Prescript Assist, Femdophilus, In-Liven (not gluten free) and FastTract.

Insert a Probiotic

I started inserting a probiotic vaginally (Bio-Kult) 2 weeks prior to the test. However, I heard if you continue doing this through the last few days before the test, the test could give a false positive. I stopped inserting a probiotic pill 4 days before the test.

Apply Kefir or Yogurt

I did not try this method myself, but I hear it is effective. You can apply grass fed kefir or yogurt vaginally every night for 2 weeks. This method is a little messy, so that is the main reason I opted not to do this. Applying good bacteria from the yogurt or kefir may help to balance your vaginal flora.

ACV Douche

You can take an apple cider vinegar (ACV) bath daily for 2 weeks prior to the test or apply a diluted rinse of ACV with water vaginally every day. I didn’t try this method, but it is worth trying. It will not hurt you.

Drink Tea with Ingredients from Your Kitchen!

I asked my acupuncturist what I should do to prevent getting Group B Strep. She advised me to drink a tea with orange peel, ginger and green onion up until the test. I started drinking this tea every day 2 weeks prior to the test.


Group B Strep - Prevention and Treatment During Pregnancy

Group B Strep - Prevention and Treatment During Pregnancy


  • A few pieces of an organic orange peel with the white and orange skin
  • One organic green onion, chopped in half with the white and green
  • One inch of organic ginger root, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 large organic garlic clove, sliced (optional)
  • 1/4 organic lemon with the rind intact (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons red raspberry leaf tea leaves
  • 1/2 tsp organic nettle leaf
  • Raw local honey to taste (optional)
  • Coconut milk, grass fed whole milk or cream to taste (optional)


  1. Fill a small pot with 2 cups filtered water.
  2. Put tea leaves into a tea ball. This step is optional as neither nettle nor red raspberry leaf tea helps to prevent or treat group B strep. However, I drink red raspberry leaf tea as a uterine tonic and nettle tea to boost my Vitamin K and iron levels. It is not necessary to combine this with the other ingredients, but it kills two birds with one stone.
  3. Place remaining ingredients in the pot.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Steep for at least 5-10 minutes or until cool.
  6. Drink!


Hepar Sulph and Streptoccocinum are used to treat and prevent Group B Strep homeopathically. However, I insist that you work with a trained homeopath to determine the correct course of treatment for you. Homeopathy is very individualized, so these remedies may or may not work for you. They are strong homeopathic antibiotics, so it is VERY important that you work with a homeopath who knows what they are doing.

Group B Strep - Treatment and Prevention During Pregnancy



  1. Jennifer says:

    Could you give any more info on what you heard about Bio-Kult potentially causing a false positive on the GBS test when inserted vaginally in the days leading up to the test? I wondered why it might cause the false positive. Thanks!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Jennifer! This is how my husband explained it to me, who is a microbiologist. It will give you a false positive because the test is designed to test for strep species in general, not just GBS. If you insert the capsules a couple weeks before, the bacteria in your vaginal canal will have a chance to stabilize into a more nominalized population. However, if you continue inserting the pills vaginally, it will cause a massive surge in population, but it will also cause a die-off effect.

  2. Summer says:

    Hello what a women that aren’t pregnant and have tested positive for group b strep. I found out about 3 weeks ago that I have group be strep and it has been a nightmare for me 🙁 I Just received mr bio kult today so I’m starting while I type this message. This has caused me to have depression and I feel like I will never be able to have sex with my husband again. Any idea how women that aren’t pregnant get this? Thanks for all of your help

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Summer – my understanding is that the risk of getting Group B Strep is passing it to your baby and causing further complications. The bacteria for Group B Strep live in the vagina and anus of 1 out of 4 women. It can come and go, so that is why it is such a common occurrence among pregnant women. Please don’t feel depressed – the natural ways I outlined for treating Group B Strep are very effective at eliminating or preventing it! After doing natural remedies for a couple weeks, see if your doctor will re-test you. I am sorry your doctor didn’t explain that it isn’t a big deal to have if you are not pregnant.

  3. Michelle says:

    Did you test negative after doing all of this? I’m pregnant with my second and unfortunately tested positive again for GBS. I’m 36 weeks and am going to try some of these and request to be tested again in a couple weeks. I have been taking vitiman c, a vaginal probiotic, and a garlic supplement for the past several weeks. So those alone weren’t enough for me.

    • Sarah says:

      Yes, I did test negative. I am sorry to hear that about your test. I would say back off on the vaginal probiotic – I have heard that if you take that within a few days of the test, it can create a false positive. You could try inserting a garlic clove vaginally and chewing/swallowing a raw garlic clove instead of a supplement (more potent). Consider working with a classical homeopath as they are great at treating acute infections. I hope these methods work for you!

  4. Susan says:

    Will inserting and eating garlic clove helps alone??
    Cause here i cannot get probitics
    I can only try garlic
    Will it help to heal GBS completely?
    As i am currently 21 weeks pregnant.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Susan – I can’t say for certain if they will help alone. I know garlic should be very effective at preventing and treating GBS. To be safe though, it is good to try a number of methods. If you can’t do probiotics, try some of the other methods I recommended.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Haley,
      I don’t personally, but I believe that following the tips I gave throughout pregnancy would help to prevent further infection or further positive urine samples. I hope it helps!

  5. Angela says:

    I’m not pregnant but I tested positive for gbs (beta-hemolytic strep) (through genital culture) symptoms include yellow discharge, pain when urinating, and itchiness. I was prescribed doxycycline for 10 days. I still have the same yellow vaginal discharge (no smell) I wanted to know what I should do? Ask for a different antibiotic or give it a few days to clear? (I’m not sure what exactly is going on with me or how this happened) Thanks in advance.

    • Sarah says:

      Hey Angela – My understanding with Group B Strep is that it is only a serious condition if a woman is pregnant and her baby develops complications from the infection. I did not realize it was treated routinely when not pregnant with antibiotics. I would say you could try the protocol I have listed to treat the infection naturally and discuss these options with your doctor. I would recommend talking to your doctor about your continuing symptoms. Trying this all natural protocol won’t hurt you, so at least you won’t have side effects from multiple rounds of antibiotics.

    • Sarah says:

      I found my information by doing my own research along with advice recommended from different practitioners. I do not have medical training, but I am a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.

  6. Megan says:

    Hi! I’m curious as to if you saw an OB/midwife in an office or if you had a home birth? I’m 37 weeks with our 4th baby and tested positive for the first time. I’m armed and ready to start as many of these natural remedies as I can be! When I messaged asking my midwife (that works alongside OBs in an office) to be retested, she said she’s ever heard of retesting GSB before and its certainly not something their practice generally does but she’d consult with her in-office doctor before my next appt. Just curious if you were able to retest in an office?

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Megan! I saw a doctor with my first pregnancy and was with midwives at a birth center in this last pregnancy. I did not need to retest as I tested negative both times, but I think it depends on the policy of the doctor/office. I know both places I have been to said they don’t retest. However, my midwives said if I had tested positive, I can decline antibiotics and they could look for signs of infection in the baby. My homeopath said he knows how to treat GBS infection in babies. My midwives also said if you have a water birth, there is much less chance of passing on the infection to the baby. I would encourage you to try the remedies for the rest of your pregnancy to prevent infection in the baby when you give birth, and to give a water birth if possible!

  7. kitcats says:

    Hi, I had the b streb infection in my last pregnancy and my beautiful son was born sleeping at 20wks.
    Im in my early weeks of first trimester again and I want desperately not to let this happen again.
    Is it safe for me to start taking these now and will it harm my baby in any way, even a slight chance??

    • Sarah says:

      I’m so sorry I missed your message until now! I hope everything is going well for you. All are fine to take with the exception of red raspberry leaf tea in the first trimester. Also, do not take the homeopathic remedies unless actually needed (you test positive) and directed by your homeopath or doctor. Always consult with your doctor of course, but many of these things are foods you can find in your own kitchen!

  8. Caden says:

    A positive test indicates that you carry group B strep. It doesn’t mean that you’re ill or that your baby will be affected, but that you’re at increased risk of passing the bacteria to your baby during birth. You can take steps to protect your newborn.

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