Boosting Your Immune System For The Group B Strep Test

Get yourself prepped for the Group B Strep test with these immune system boosting diet tips

Welcome to the final month of your pregnancy. At this point of your pregnancy your doctor’s visits are more frequent and you may have your Group B streptococcus test scheduled in the coming weeks. Since I am already pretty healthy, I didn’t think much about preparing for this test until recently three important people—my naturopath, my doula and my mother—all told me to start boosting my metabolism.

What is Group B Strep?

Group B strep (GBS) is a kind of bacteria that many people harbor in their intestinal tracts. Getting screened for GBS late in pregnancy—and receiving antibiotic treatment during labour if you're a carrier—greatly reduces your baby's risk of becoming infected. Not to worry, Group B Strep is quite common but if you can reduce the chance of antibiotic injections during labour with just a few immune system boosting tricks, why not right?

The key? Boosting your immune system with a healthy diet.

Oranges, papaya and pineapples

What do these three tropical fruits have in common? They are all loaded with Vitamin C. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is essential for tissue repair, wound healing, bone growth and repair, and healthy skin. Vitamin C also helps your body fight infection, and it acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage. Heartburn Tip: Try broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts if these acidic fruits don’t agree with you during pregnancy.

Greek yogurt, kefir, soy milk

Whether you are vegan or not these three foods are packed with probiotics that your body needs. Probiotics are bacteria that help keep the natural balance of organisms in the intestines. Probiotics also help mom avoid illness and constipation during pregnancy.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is not found naturally in many commonly consumed foods. Good food sources of vitamin D include certain kinds of fish (salmon, trout and halibut), egg yolks and milk. However, during pregnancy it is recommended to consume minimal amounts of fish to limit mercury intake. Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus and has an integral role in immune function, healthy cell division and bone health.

Helpful nutrition tip

Add a natural supplement to your vitamin routine that contains vitamin C, D and probiotics.

Studies show that only 10%-20% of adults get the recommended servings of fruits and veggies per day. It is just not practical for most people to consume the required servings of healthy food needed on a consistent basis, whereas taking a once-daily supplement is safe, effective, and easy to do. You can find vitamin C, vitamin D and probiotic supplements at your local health food shop.

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