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Throughout pregnancy, your body undergoes various changes to nurture and protect your developing baby. One essential aspect of our prenatal care at Origins Birth and Wellness Collective is the use of oral probiotics. Probiotics are live beneficial bacteria that play a crucial role in supporting overall health, and their significance during pregnancy can’t be overstated.
Here are five reasons we recommend taking probiotics during your pregnancy:
Probiotics reduce GBS Colonization
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a bacterium commonly found in the vagina and rectum of some women, and it poses potential risks to newborns during childbirth. Some studies have suggested that certain probiotic strains, particularly Lactobacillus species, may have the ability to compete with and displace harmful bacteria, including GBS, from the vaginal and intestinal regions. By promoting a balanced vaginal microbiome, probiotics help to play a preventive role in reducing GBS colonization.
Probiotics improve a babies immune system
Studies have indicated that maternal probiotic consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding can reduce the risk of allergies in the baby and improve their immune system. A healthy maternal gut flora influences the development of the baby’s immune system, helping to reduce the likelihood of allergic conditions such as eczema and asthma and help to promote wellness for your growing baby.
Probiotics promote healthy vaginal flora
Probiotics are a vital support system for maintaining a healthy and balanced vaginal environment. The vagina contains beneficial bacteria, mainly Lactobacilli, which help keep its natural pH level slightly acidic. This acidity prevents harmful bacteria from taking over and causing infections like bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections. Probiotics taken orally can introduce these helpful bacteria to the vaginal area, restoring the balance and promoting vaginal health.
Probiotics support a healthy blood sugar balance
Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. It can have adverse effects on both the mother and the baby, increasing the risk of complications during childbirth and contributing to long-term health issues. Recent studies suggest that probiotics play a role in preventing gestational diabetes by positively influencing glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity. Including probiotics in the diet may help mitigate the risk of this condition.
Probiotics reduce eczema
Numerous studies have suggested a link between probiotics and a reduced risk of eczema, a common inflammatory skin condition. By modulating the immune system and reducing inflammation, probiotics may help prevent or alleviate eczema symptoms. While further research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms involved, incorporating probiotics into the diet during pregnancy or early infancy may offer a natural and safe approach to reducing the risk of eczema in children and potentially improving their overall skin health.
At Origins, we recommend taking an oral probiotic to give your body what it needs to have the amazing benefits discussed in this blog!
The supplements we carry are high in the Lactobacillus strains to give you the best benefits during pregnancy!
There are also certain foods you can eat also that are well-known to have probiotics in them that will also aid your body during pregnancy!
Here are some common foods that contain probiotics:
When incorporating probiotic-rich foods into your diet, it’s essential to choose products that contain live and active cultures and avoid those that have been pasteurized, as pasteurization can kill the beneficial bacteria. Additionally, it’s a good idea to consume a variety of probiotic sources to ensure a diverse range of beneficial bacteria in your gut.