Probiotics are an effective way of enhancing the diversity and health of the microbiome in pregnant women. Probiotics given prenatally are an important way for mothers to safeguard their health during their pregnancy as well as the health of their babies.
Due to the low risk of probiotic-induced bacteremia and fungemia, probiotics are unlikely to reach the fetus’s systemic circulation and cause harm. Some studies examined Lactobacillus spp. and Bifidobacterium spp. as monotherapy or in combination. These studies did not suggest an increase in adverse outcomes related to probiotics. One study found that infants born to women in the probiotics group had a statistically and significantly lower risk of increased birth weight and birth length; however, the clinical significance of this slight difference is unknown.
With constipation and diarrhea being two frequently experienced common discomforts during pregnancy, the use of probiotics during pregnancy is common. The Canadian Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada found 45 to 93% of midwives had prescribed some form of natural health products to expecting mothers.
The precise way probiotics work is still up for debate. Researchers are still investigating their exact mechanisms. There have been many studies about the efficacy of probiotics for pregnant women. One such study examined whether infants experienced immune benefits if their mothers took the probiotic supplement Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001. Another study observed the effect of HN001 supplementation on the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and postnatal depression. The results showed that women who consumed L. rhamnosus HN001 had lower rates of GDM, as well as postnatal depression and anxiety. Other clinical trials revealed further benefits, including a balanced immune system function in both mothers and infants.
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