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From Mum to Baby - Probiotics

by , Mar 01 2017

Most people do not realise that a totally alien life form lives inside them and that without it life as we know it would not be possible. I am, of course, talking about the healthy, good bacteria (probiotics) found in the large and small intestine.

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Probiotics Vital Importance

These beneficial probiotics help food digest, perform immune functions, maintain the health and the integrity of the gut wall, help with clear skin, aid lung health, create nutrients, and assist with efficient faecal removal – just to name a few. If they were not present in the bowels none of these functions could happen, and the life of the human (or mammal) would not be viable. These tiny bacteria are 10 – 20 times smaller than your body’s cells and have a completely different DNA to your own DNA


Probiotic Origin

So where do these good probiotics come from if they are not from you? At the time of birth, when a baby passes out through the vagina, the probiotics lining the side of the vagina are transferred orally into the baby’s mouth and then into their digestive tract. This initiates colonization of baby’s gut flora and the probiotics start multiplying away.


Type and Quantity

The starting probiotics depend on the type and quantity of the bacteria in the mother’s vagina. If there is a low count, or if there is an excess of yeast present as in candida, or even the presence of harmful bacteria, this may slow the uptake of the probiotics in the new-born’s gut and even potentially affect health outcomes.


Take the Right Strains

One way to ensure a more-than-adequate passage of the probiotics from Mum to baby is to supplement in the last trimester with the two strains of probiotics that have been shown to increase the good probiotic count in the vagina.

These strains are: Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1™ and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14™

Making sure a new born gets a mouthful of healthy starter probiotics is one way to ensure their healthy development.

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Which Probiotic Product do you recommend for pregnancy?

Shane - Clinicians Naturopath

Hi Pip,
Search for one that has - Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1™ and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14™ in them.
Dietary supplements are not a replacement for a balanced diet. Always read the label. Use as directed. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose. If symptoms persist, see your health professional.

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