Giving life to another human being is one of the greatest gifts on Earth. And in celebration of this momentous occasion, we wanted to share some information that could help enhance the health of mother and child, during and post pregnancy. A healthy mother and child is all most families could ever wish for, which makes this news especially exciting. Today, we’ll present some information that could help families everywhere achieve just that.
As exciting as the prospect of new life is, pregnancy can sometimes be accompanied by unwanted health complications. And although there is no catchall for a seamless pregnancy, new research suggests that probiotic supplementation could reduce gestational diabetes by lowering the fasting glucose, while – as an added bonus — decreasing pre-eclampsia (pregnancy-induced high blood pressure) risk, reported the “Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine.”
Weight gain is essential to a healthy pregnancy; however, excessive weight gain is something many women struggle to keep under control during pregnancy. The good news? Probiotic supplementation during pregnancy may help reduce weight gain. The thought behind this is that, as a LIVESTRONG article explains, probiotics are believed to help the body achieve optimal nutrients absorption, enabling it to efficiently transmute food into energy, thus better controlling insulin resistance.
Last fall, the probiotics community received some great news. The World Allergy Organization deemed that “Probiotics should be consumed by pregnant and lactating women and their breast-fed infants to prevent the development of atopic dermatitis.” Upon the time of the announcement, recommended guidelines were not yet issued.
Previous findings from a paper published in 2007 in the “Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology” found that probiotic supplementation during pregnancy significantly prevents eczema –specifically atopic eczema — in babies by age two.
And if this wasn’t impressive enough, it raises the question “Just how else could these powerful microbes enhance infant health?” Although more research is required, a meta-analysis published by “Epidemiology” suggests that “Breast-fed infants of mothers who supplemented with probiotics during pregnancy also have lower rates of diarrhea, colic, and constipation between the ages of 2 and 6 months,” reported LIVESTONG.
A Celebration of Life
With more amounting research encouraging the use of probiotics during and after pregnancy, we are beyond thrilled to see what role the future holds for probiotics. As we celebrate the mothers who give life, we also want to acknowledge the beneficial microbes believed to help enhance the lives of mothers and their children.
On behalf of SCD Probiotics®, we wish moms everywhere a “Happy Mother’s Day!”
* Unsure if probiotics are right for you and your baby during or after pregnancy? Speak to your treating physician about what is best for you.*