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Probiotics for a healthy pregnancy

Probiotics for a healthy pregnancy

Probiotics are one of the easiest ways to create and maintain a healthy pregnancy.  

Most disease originates in the gut.  There is a constant struggle for dominance  between good bacteria and bad bacteria.  In our lives today, we are exposed to so many chemicals (internal and external) that affect our microbiome and disrupt our ability to maintain good bacteria.  

When the microbiome is in proper balance, the benefits include immune function, brain and skin health, and much more. 

The top 5 ways our microbiome gets out of wack are:

    1. Poor diet like processed sugars and alcohol can alter your microbial balance and feed unhealthy bacteria.
    2. Not consuming enough fiber. Fiber feeds good bacteria. Without it, microbes feed on your gut’s mucous lining, allowing dangerous bacteria to escape into your body
    3. Environmental pollution-Urban airborne particle matter enters our bodies through the air we breathe and the food we eat and damages our microbiome.
    4. Stress reduces gut flora diversity and increases potentially harmful bacteria.
    5. Antibiotics kill off bad bacteria, and at the same time kill off helpful bacteria.

When we are pregnant, it is even more important to maintain a healthy gut to keep our bodies as healthy as possible and limit pregnancy complications. Probiotics can balance our digestive system, immune system and nervous system, this can make a huge difference in your pregnancy and delivery. 

Taking a probiotic daily during your pregnancy can help with a few common pregnancy complications and discomforts.

  • Reduces the risk of developing Preeclampsia by 20%!  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6267579/
  • Reduces the risk of developing Gestational Diabetes
  • Increases immunity
  • Decreases the risk of Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)
  • Can help relieve heartburn
  • Helps digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Reduce baby eczema (If taken while breastfeeding)

Probiotic food sources

  • yogurt
  • kefir (water or milk)
  • kombucha
  • miso
  • sauerkraut
  • kimchi

Probiotic Supplements

Here is a short list of our favorite probiotic supplements.  Getting between 5-50 billion CFU's is ideal.

Silver Fern Brand Ultimate Probiotic

Stonehenge Health Dynamic Biotics

Natures Sunshine Probiotic Eleven




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