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Why Do Pregnant Women Need Probiotics More?
- Oct 09, 2018 -

When it comes to probiotics, one of the first things that comes to mind may be the need to regulate gastrointestinal function in the elderly, or the need to build up resistance in children. But in fact, probiotics have a lot of unexpected benefits for this special period of pregnancy. What many people may overlook is that the balance of the gut microbiome plays a far greater role than you might think in the immune system of a pregnant woman, even directly related to the health of the "baby."

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Why should pregnant women eat probiotics?

First, probiotics, which are already present in our gut;

Second, some natural foods are actually a form of probiotics.

So, as an inherent part of our body, probiotics, generally not to worry about excessive supplements, can be truly 100 percent safe for pregnant women.Six reasons pregnant women eat probiotics

1. Reduce the incidence of "diabetes" in pregnancy

As people's living standards rise and obesity rates rise, so does the incidence of gestational diabetes (GDM). Data show that the incidence of gestational diabetes in Chinese women is between 3% and 5%, and it is increasing year by year. Gestational diabetes can be harmful to both mother and baby: it can lead to excessive amniotic fluid, premature delivery, and even life-threatening babies. Between 19% and 34% of pregnant women with GDM are likely to develop true diabetes.

In recent years, scientists around the world have found that pregnant women taking probiotics can help their body maintain a balance of nutrients, thereby reducing the incidence of gestational diabetes. A new study published in the British Journal of Nutrion in February 2010 proves it.

Professor Erika Isolauri of Finland's Turku University, a leading expert on probiotics, conducted a study of 256 pregnant women and their infants. The results showed that probiotics supplement in early pregnancy was the most safe and effective method to reduce the incidence of gestational diabetes. In the study, the 256 women were randomly assigned to three groups (dietary interventions, placebos, and probiotics), and only 13 percent of the women taking probiotics had gestational hyperglycemia, compared with about 36 percent in the other two groups. This study not only shows that probiotic supplements are 100 per cent safe for pregnant women, but also proves that probiotics can prevent pregnancy diabetes.

Improve maternal resistance

During this special period of pregnancy, one of the biggest fears of pregnant women is illness. The particularity of pregnancy makes it difficult for pregnant women to choose suitable drugs for their fear of causing harm to the fetus. And multiple studies have shown a direct link between gut microbiome balance and people's physical health. Taking probiotic supplements during pregnancy can effectively boost a pregnant woman's metabolism and immune function, thereby improving her health and protecting her from various diseases in a natural way.

A study published in the journal Epidemiology in May 2012 found that continued use of probiotic supplements during pregnancy and lactation was effective in improving maternal immunity, which in turn could help prevent high levels of eczema and other 'allergic' symptoms.

The health of the baby

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A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2011 showed that the balance of strains and contents in a pregnant woman's intestinal flora during pregnancy is crucial to maintaining a normal metabolism in a pregnant woman, and even directly affects the intestinal flora balance of a newborn baby. (especially for natural and breast-fed babies)

The maturation of the infant's autoimmune system is directly affected by the intestinal flora. Among them, the mode of delivery determines the microecological environment that babies are exposed to first after birth.

The mother's amniotic fluid contains a small number of microorganisms of all kinds and quantities, which is the first type of microorganism that the baby comes into contact with. Then, the baby's microbial environment is affected by the first external environment she encounters after birth. If it is a cesarean, the microbiome in the body comes from the mother's skin.

The gut microbiome of infants does not gradually build up until they are born and breastfed. Probiotics taken during pregnancy can effectively improve the gut microbiome of the mother, which in turn can help improve the infant's resilience and healthy gut ecology. Clinical trials have shown that babies born to mothers who insist on probiotics during pregnancy have lower rates of diarrhoea, hernias and constipation than other babies between two and six months.

Control weight gain during pregnancy

A study in the Journal of Maternal Fetal and Neonatal Medicine in May 2013 showed that pregnant women who took probiotics supplements gained significantly less weight than those who did not, which should be because probiotics help absorb nutrients.

There are hundreds of microbes in our digestive system, most of which are fungi, and most of which are beneficial. These probiotics provide many nutrients, including vitamin K and some B vitamins. In addition to these, probiotics help us digest the fiber that the body cannot digest, breaking it down into short chain amino acids that the body can absorb. Some probiotics inhibit fat absorption and increase the amount of fat that is expelled from the body. In other words, these probiotics can help your body absorb fewer calories from food.

The weight gain of pregnant women is closely related to the occurrence of pregnancy diabetes, pregnancy hypertension and other symptoms. So taking probiotic supplements to control weight is an effective way to stay healthy during pregnancy.

5. Prevent "gynecological inflammation"

Probiotics, which are safe to take during pregnancy and lactation, are one of the most effective products for preventing gynecological inflammation. In foreign countries, the treatment and prevention of gynecological inflammation with probiotics has actually a long history.

Some doctors will prescribe antibiotics to combat gynecological inflammation, not only with little effect, but often use antibiotics, and will repeatedly destroy the relationship between the vaginal bacteria, leading to the growth of fungi exuberant. The reason why gynecological inflammation is difficult to recover after repeated attacks is that although traditional medicine "suppresses" the bacteria to some extent, it does not completely eradicate them! Because bacteria can be inserted deep into the vaginal wall, inflammation can recur when the PH of the vagina changes. And taking probiotics helps to protect the balance of vaginal bacteria and reduce the chance of candida infection, so as to avoid the occurrence of gynecological inflammation and recurrence after treatment to some extent.

Due to the special nature of pregnancy and postpartum, low body resistance and poor uterine environment, all kinds of bacteria are likely to come in handy. During this period, increased probiotics intake can effectively prevent this from happening, and without any side effects, it is also 100% safe for the baby.

Prevent constipation and hemorrhoids

During pregnancy, due to the inconvenience of activities, less general activities, gastric peristalsis significantly slowed, very easy to occur constipation. However, during pregnancy, the hormone level in the female body changes fundamentally. Progesterone, relaxin, etc. will increase in a large amount, making the blood vessels dilate, which makes the hemorrhoid vein more likely to appear silt, varicose and expanded, thus causing hemorrhoids.

After pregnancy can cause abdominal pressure gradually increased, as the uterine body gradually increased, the pressure of inferior vena cava is also increasingly increased, especially when malposition, will directly affect the venous blood flow of the lower rectum, anal canal, which is also the main reason for the formation of hemorrhoids. While many pregnant women will pay attention to iron supplementation during pregnancy, but they do not know that taking iron supplements can also cause constipation, leading to the formation of hemorrhoids.

Many pregnant women suffer from constipation and hemorrhoids and do not know how to choose health care products, so many people ask: "hemorrhoid cream pregnant women can use?" "Can pregnant women eat? About these questions, understand CAI jun's suggestion is: as long as is "medicine", the pregnant woman can not touch the best not to touch.

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A healthy gut microbiome can accelerate the digestion and decomposition of food, which can effectively prevent and relieve constipation. So taking probiotic supplements every day from the early stages of pregnancy can be very effective in preventing constipation and hemorrhoids during pregnancy.

In summary, probiotics may be more important to the health of pregnant women and fetuses than you might think. The use of probiotic products from the early stages of pregnancy can greatly improve the overall health of pregnant women, prevent the occurrence of various pregnancy diseases, and even lay a solid health foundation for the baby to be born.


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