Preventing Group B Strep with Coconut Oil

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacterial infection that can be found in pregnant woman. According to the CDC the bacteria is normally found in about 25% of all health adult women and is also responsible for affecting about 1 in every 2,000 babies in the United States . Routine screening is usually done between 35-37 weeks of pregnancy. If tested positive, your prenatal care provider may require you to take antibiotics during labor to prevent the risk of infection to your newborn. Many women feel uneasy about taking antibiotics during labor or having an IV that may prevent them from moving around comfortably during labor.

How does coconut oil prevent Group B strep?


Coconut oil is made up of nearly 50% Lauric acid. Your body converts the lauric acid from the coconut oil into Monolaurin, Monolaurin has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal,anti-microbial, and anti-protozoa properties and has been shown in scientific studies to inactivate a number of bacteria infections including Group B Strep. Coconut Oil may also be beneficial in preventing general bacterial and viral infections. which may help a pregnant woman fight off bacteria keeping her pregnancy illness free.

How should I take coconut oil?

Pregnant woman can take up to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil each day. When beginning to supplement with coconut oil, one should always start under ½ tablespoon and gradually work their way up to a desired amount. To receive maximum benefit from coconut oil, take between 2-4 tablespoons each day. Coconut Oil gently and safely detoxify’s the body but if too much is taken too quickly it may cause the body to detoxify too fast resulting in headaches, upset stomach, diarrhea, and  vomiting. Coconut Oil is also effective if applied manually and is great at treating vaginal infections safely and naturally.

What should I do if I’ve already tested positive?

If you have already been tested for GBS and you test positive you may ask to be tested again before delivery. If you request to be tested again and test negative, your prenatal care provider may feel a little uneasy and may still recommend that you receive antibiotics, but it’s always worth a try. It’s best to use coconut oil for at least 4 weeks before testing to ensure you body has enough time to safely and effectively fight off the infection.

References:

Coconut Cures; Bruce Fife N.D.; 2005

 

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