If you’re pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, you might be asking – “What beneficial things can can I do to support a healthy pregnancy?”
First, seek the advice of a licensed healthcare practitioner.
Of course eating clean healthy food, appropriate exercise and a good prenatal vitamin, are very important. In addition, recent research indicates mom’s healthy gut flora may impart beneficial bacteria to baby.
Scratching your head? Douglas Laboratories® helps explain why:
Before birth, the developing gastrointestinal tract does not contain any beneficial microorganisms; instead, colonies of beneficial microflora are obtained during the birthing process and through breastfeeding. Rigorous sanitation processes, antibiotic usage, formula feeding and cesarian sections may all reduce an infants exposure to beneficial bacteria and microorganisms, which in general, may hinder development of normal immune responses needed to support optimal health.”
By now you might be wondering “How do I know if my gut is healthy?”
Are you having any intestinal issues like constipation or diarrhea, or perhaps both? Do you have frequent bloating and/or gas? Do you have anxiety or frequent skin irritations?
Not exactly table conversation but very relevant to the topic! These are just a few symptoms of potential gut problems.
If the balance of your good and bad intestinal flora is off – it can interfere with proper nutrient absorption. If you want to learn more, read our blog on leaky gut.
What things might contribute to gut issues?
Poor gut flora may be caused by any of the following:
- Were you bottle fed as an infant?
- Have you taken birth control pills?
- Have you used antibiotics? (birth control pills and antibiotics compromise your intestinal flora!)
- Do you have amalgam fillings in your teeth? (Amalgam is 50% mercury and mercury disrupts healthy flora)
- Diets high in sugary and processed foods (too many carbs and sugary foods create a candida (bad bacteria) overgrowth.
If you said yes to any of the above – it’s highly probably your gut could use a little help.
How do probiotic foods or supplements help?
- Daily supplementation or consumption of probiotic foods may reduce the risk of eczema and allergy in children by 58%! (It trains your baby’s immune system to resist allergic reactions)
- Probiotics may help optimize your baby’s weight later in life
- Improves the symptoms of colic – decreasing the average crying time by about 75% (who wouldn’t want that?!)
An article from WebMD, Protiotics Cut Belly Fat After Pregnancy states “New research suggest that probiotics — widely viewed as “friendly bacteria” that improve digestion and gut health — may help women keep belly fat under control after pregnancy.” How cool is that?
So given everything you’ve read so far, do you think making some dietary changes might be helpful?
If you’re just thinking about getting pregnant this is the best time to get started.
If you want to keep your digestion on an even keel and don’t have time to make ferment foods, or your diet has been less than stellar, talk to your doctor first, then consider Adult Formula CP-1 from Custom Probiotics, or try Complete Probiotics 70 Billion CFU from Dr. Mercola.
The best time to prepare for a healthy pregnancy is before you get pregnant. Eliminate processed foods and beverages loaded with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, and whenever possible, eat only organic fruits and veggies.
Pretty simple, right? Will you add probiotics to your daily routine or have you taken them during a pregnancy? Let us know in the comments section below.