Being pregnant – a sensation in life

Seeing the positive result of a pregnancy test is one of the most memorable moments for a woman. From then on, her life will change forever as she builds a connection to her unborn baby.

New research suggests that the transfer of maternal microbes already takes place during pregnancy, via the placental barrier which means a bacterial exposure for the developing fetus. Since a hectic lifestyle and an unbalanced diet can cause a negative maternal microbial environment, it is essential for mothers to take care of themselves during pregnancy – for her well-being and that of her baby.

Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis is one of the most well- researched probiotic strains in the world and has been proven safe for both mother and child in numerous clinical trials.

Staying healthy at this special time

A strong immune system and good digestion both help to make pregnancy as comfortable as possible.

Around 80 percent of the immune system is located in the gut. And the food that soon-to-be mothers consume provides them with various substances that contribute to the normal function of the immune system. Vitamin D can serve as an example. Natural sources of vitamin D include: fish, cod liver oil, egg yolk. It is also produced in our body from sunlight. Since vitamin D levels in pregnant women can require supplementation depending on the season and dietary patterns, regular intake of microbial supplements that also contain vitamin D such as those by BioGaia is an excellent way to help keep an adequate concentration of both natural microflora and vitamin D.

Oral health in pregnancy

During pregnancy, the volume of blood in the body increases due to hormonal changes.

This can cause inflammation of the gums, decreasing the mother’s resistance to bacteria and leaving her more sensitive and susceptible to mouth and gum infections than usual. Symptoms include red, swollen, and bleeding gums. To avoid such symptoms, pregnant women can take steps to bring the oral microflora back into equilibrium.

Lactic acid bacteria as found in BioGaia Prodentis can help to do so by increasing the number of good bacteria in the mouth, promoting harmony in the oral microflora.

Taking care of the gut

During pregnancy, the female body changes in many ways. These alterations occur, among others, in the gastrointestinal tract.

Up to 50 percent of all pregnant women suffer from constipation during this time. Increased water consumption and exercise can be helpful in such case. Increasing the number of bacteria in the gut can also be recommended. In the case of an infection that has to be treated with antibiotics, the gut flora may also require supplementation. 

BioGaia products with live bacteria of Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis strain can help future mothers maintain an adequate concentration of the intestinal microbiota.

Supporting the microbiota after C-section

During a vaginal birth, the newborn comes into contact with a wealth of bacteria as it passes through the birth channel and vagina.

This microbial transfer is beneficial for the development of the baby’s immune system. However, this exchange cannot take place during a C-section, which could lead to changes in the baby’s microbiota.

Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis can help to modulate the early development of the microbiota in babies born by C-section. Lactic acid bacteria can also prove beneficial for babies born via vaginal birth, enhancing the good bacteria in their gastrointestinal tract and supporting the development of gut motility. BioGaia probiotics are safe for long-term use and can help your baby to enjoy healthy digestion in its first months of life.

 

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