Prebiotics & Probiotics during pregnancy

Prebiotics & Probiotics

What are probiotics?

They are live micro-organisms, mostly bacteria, which are beneficial for you and are similar to micro-organisms found naturally in your gut. They can balance out bad bacteria in your gut and keeps your digestive system healthy.

They are sometimes added to the food while preparing them. They are found occurring naturally in the following food-  Live yogurt, yogurt drinks, fermented and unfermented milk, soya drinks and some juices.

What is prebiotics?

They are a type of indigestible food. They provide nourishment to the probiotics and help the good bacteria in your gut to grow. Food that contains carbohydrate and oligosaccharides help the good bacteria flourish in your gut. They occur naturally in-

  • onions
  • bananas
  • garlic
  • asparagus
  • oats
  • soya bean

Is it safe to have probiotics and prebiotics during pregnancy?

It is considered safe to take probiotics during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor before changing your diet if you have any problem related to the immune system.

While taking food which has added probiotics or prebiotic, keep in mind that they are not regulated. Therefore, it is difficult to determine whether the products have enough probiotics or prebiotic to have an effect on you or your baby.

Food that is a rich source of prebiotics can be a part of your balanced diet and is healthy. On the other hand, there isn’t much research that determines whether prebiotics supplements are safe, but it is likely that they are fine.  

There’s no recommended daily dose for prebiotics or probiotics. It’s best to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements. 

Benefits of taking probiotics and prebiotics during pregnancy

There isn’t much research done about the benefits and safety of taking probiotics and prebiotics. Having said that, they do help boost your immune system in certain ways.

Studies have claimed that probiotics help in treating bacterial vaginosis which can cause complications in your pregnancy.

Research has shown that probiotics affect the good bacteria in your body which is then transferred to your baby during vaginal delivery and helps build the immune system of your baby. In case of cesarean, similar effect can be achieved by a process called seeding. Some studies also show that probiotics reduce the chance of your baby to develop eczema. But again, there is not enough evidence to say this is definitely the case.

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