The benefits of taking probiotics during pregnancy

Тhe benefits of taking probiotics during pregnancy

Pregnant women, who take probiotics from the first trimester are less prone to obesity after giving birth.

Finnish researchers found that having probiotics in the diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding has a great impact on the gaining fat in the first year after giving birth.

Their researchers were random and placebo-controlled. For the study, the scientists count on capsules of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Among women who are not having any diet or taking supplements, the risk of obesity was higher with 40%.

The combination of balanced and moderate diet and probiotics allows the practical, affordable and reliable approach to fighting overweight.

Taking probiotics during pregnancy reduces the risk of allergies by children

Dr. Eric Gorno from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh reported a new connection between probiotics and allergies by children.The findings showed that probiotics have a protective effect against allergies. The form of probiotics was in the form of a pill.

But Dr.Gorno believes that “eating probiotics like those in the yogurt” can also be effective. During the study, the teams analyzed the results of 25 separate cases. These cases include both probiotic intake of  supplements during pregnancy and intake of probiotics during the first year of the child.

Studies made a comparison between mothers and babies randomized to placebo probiotic supplements. During the tests, the mothers took daily doses of probiotics for several months to a year. The results compared the health of their children later in life, by testing them for common allergies such as to peanuts or pollen.

The parents made specific tests  see if their children show any signs of asthma. The results showed that the children whose mothers took probiotics during pregnancy were with 48% less allergic to the common allergies.

Consumption of probiotics during pregnancy protects the baby from dermatitis

The risk of developing atopic dermatitis by children is lower if at the end of pregnancy and during breastfeeding the mother takes probiotics. This conclusion is a result of a study of a group of Norwegian scientists.

Scientists also note that the level of the risk for developing other allergies changed as well. Signs of dermatitis were visible at about 10% or 20% of children in infancy. And as to give probiotics to infants is more difficult, the children can take the probiotics from their mothers.

Probiotics are bacteria that contribute to the absorption of nutrients from the body, improve digestion and have other beneficial effects. At large amounts, they are found in yogurt.

The study was in 415 pregnant women, 211 received probiotics during the last month of pregnancy and the first three months after birth. Studies of the two-years old children showed significantly reducing the risk of developing dermatitis in the”probiotic” group.

These study results will be useful in the development of new methods for preventing atopic dermatitis. So far this can not be a basis for making the intake of probiotics mandatory of all pregnant women.

Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common eczemas. It is an inherited inflammatory disease of the skin, which begins in childhood. Its characteristic is a non-specific response of the organism to multiple allergens. The disease is chronic in nature with periods of ups and downs.

Pregnant women who regularly take probiotics reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia by 20%.

This is new data from a study, made by the researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. For women who are prone to preeclampsia, the risk decreases by 39%.

Pre-eclampsia is a serious condition that occurs during pregnancy and even after birth. It affects both the mother and the baby. Unfortunately, pre-eclampsia can be fatal. The signs are high blood pressure, protein in the urine, swelling, a sharp weight gain and headaches.

Statistics show that the annual state is the basis of more than 60 000 deaths. Women with a higher risk of pre-eclampsia are those who had a similar problem, over 40 years or those with overweight. So far, it is still unclear why some mothers develop pre-eclampsia.

There are two major causes of this dangerous condition – the oxidative stress and inflammation. Norwegian researchers proved that probiotics act in two directions. On the one hand, they have a positive effect on the placenta and the embryo and on the other reduce the risk of inflammation. The tests involved over 33,000 future mothers.

They divided the women into three groups. The first group was with the mothers who were with high risk and regularly received probiotics. The second were those without risk of pre-eclampsia (they also took probiotics).

In the third group were mothers without risk of the disease (they kept their usual diet). The results showed that the risk of fatal condition in the first group decreased by 39%, while those of the second with 20%. By the third group, there was no change.

Scientists believe that regular intake of probiotics during pregnancy can improve the condition of both mother and baby.

Probiotics have an important role to the infant’s immune system

The researchers found that babies, who receive probiotics in the womb have a 12 % lower risk of allergies than other children. No major change in the resistance to allergies by babies who started to take probiotics after birth.

The power of the immune system of the mother is very important. The mother can transmit her powerful immune system to the baby. Mothers play an important role in building the foundations of their children’s health.

Mimi Tang, director of allergy and immunology at Children’s Hospital Royal in Parkville, Australia, said: “Postpartum probiotics may be necessary to see a positive effect, but further studies will clarify this issue.” Others important factors that need examination are whether mothers nursed at the very beginning.

Colostrum contains specific antibodies that make up the immune system help building the health of the intestines of infants. The conclusion is that probiotics intake during pregnancy has such an important impact on the immune system of the baby.

We recommend before taking any herbs and supplements during pregnancy to make consultation with a doctor!


About Jane Peterson

Jane Peterson is a supportive nutrition and fitness coach and registered dietitian nutritionist known for her health advices and innovative ideas to inspire and motivate people to reach their goals. She has a passion for personal training and enjoys motivating people, using specific exercise programs and track their progression for success. As a parent herself, Jane Peterson knows what it means to have to work hard to keep a good shape during pregnancy and after having a baby. She is interested about improving the way children eat, pediatric nutrition and family meal planning. Jane has several years of personal and professional experience and is practicing as a freelance food and health writer. She works personally with a small number of hand picked clients, transforming their health and their physiques using her four key elements of wellness: lifestyle, exercise, nutrition and supplementation.