Posted by LinkedBiotics Research Team on 18th Nov 2015
Pregnancy itself is a beautiful thing, however it can be difficult to cope with all the complications that may occur. During pregnancy, mothers are prescribed prenatal vitamins, to help with the growth of their baby. Prenatal vitamins consist of a variety of vitamins such as folic acid, calcium, and iron, that helps the baby absorb nutrients essential for healthy development. Although Prenatal vitamins are beneficial, it can cause side effects in the expecting mother such as constipation, darken or green stools, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach cramps, or vomiting. Due to these findings, many midwives additionally recommend women to take probiotics, with their daily prenatal supplements.
Probiotics help the digestive system work more efficiently. When taken daily, it relieves symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea and bacterial vaginosis, for the mother. It can also reduce the risk of Preeclampsia, postpartum depression, and helps with losing postpartum weight faster.The consumption of probiotics can also help reduce the child’s risk for allergies, asthma, eczema, and even colicky behavior. Other benefits that probiotics help with is reducing group B Streptococcal infections in infants.
According to the Neonatologist, Dr. Shail Mehta, at Fiona Stanley Hospital, group B Streptococcal bacteria can cause life-threatening illnesses in newborns, including blood poisoning, meningitis and pneumonia. Symptoms of this condition can remain undetected as far along into 35-37 weeks. Tests conducted by Dr. Mehta showed that Probiotics stop the growth of group B Streptococcal.
“The current treatment of antibiotics works well but the downfalls is that it is painful for the mother, has to be given at least four hours before the baby is delivered and is a heavy burden on the health system, “ Dr. Mehta states. probiotics are safe to give to pregnant women, and could prevent serious infections in babies that can lead to devastating consequences such as death and long-term disabilities, according to Dr. Mehta.
Research shows the two most effective bacteria strains that are beneficial to the body is Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. These strains are found in yogurts, and in over-the-counter Probiotic tablets and capsules. Based on studies done in 2008 by Dr. Jackie Elias, at The College of Family Physicians of Canada, there are no reported incidences of malformation, due to the use of probiotics during pregnancy. It is estimated that the risk of developing bacteremia or Fungemia from ingesting probiotics, while pregnant, is less than 1 per 1 million users, states researchers. Although research is ongoing, so far there have only been positive findings.
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