Preparing for Pregnancy – The Importance of Healthy Vaginal Flora
Healthy Vaginal Flora is important for all women. We have a diverse ecosystem filled with a variety of bacteria and yeasts, which when in balance works well for us. However when flora becomes imbalanced it can get pretty uncomfortable down there.
When looking at getting pregnant and throughout pregnancy vaginal flora plays an important role. The bacteria in vagina play an important part in immunity and conception. Let’s have a look at the ways in which they work.
- Bacteria in the vagina produce hydrogen peroxide and lactic acid, which create an acidic environment (around pH 4) which supports a healthy vaginal bacterial and yeast balance. There are some things like, for example, perfumed toiletries or the oral contraceptive that can affect this delicate balance. Also declining numbers of good bacteria can affect the amount of acidity produced, so it is beneficial to maintain the numbers of good vaginal bacteria.
- Bacterial levels vary in the presence of different levels of hormones. Oestrogen increases the production of glycogen, which is the food source of the Lactobacillus As previously stated bacteria help manage the pH, but also supporting healthy numbers helps keep the balance with less beneficial bacteria and yeasts. This healthy balance supports normal conception and a healthy pregnancy
- Finally let’s remember that when the baby is born the vaginal mucus and all the bacteria contained in it are the first bacteria to colonise the baby’s sterile digestive system. Up until this time there are no bacteria in the mucosa or digestive tract and this first exposure is the start of building the baby’s immune system. So a colony of good bacteria will give your baby the best start.
Preparing for Pregnancy – The Importance of Healthy Vaginal Flora Healthy Vaginal Flora is important for all women. We have a