Written by Sarah Veitch - Wild About Fermenting (wildaboutfermenting.com)
It has always been assumed that while in the womb, the baby is in a sterile environment and has their first contact with bacteria once born. This is now being questioned as more research has discovered that maternal gut bacterica may be able to translocate to the baby via the bloodstream. Jiménez et al. 2008; Metamoros et al. 2013; Prince et al. 2014; Rautava et al. 2013; Zimmer 2013 are all studies which suggest this. The mothers own gut health during pregnancy is of vital consideration and of paramount interest for a healthy baby. Mothers gut bacteria changes during the course of the pregnancy so it is important to start a pregnancy with a good bacteria and maintain it. Several studies have suggested that a mothers gut microbiome- and lack of good bacteria- could be the cause of premature births.
It has been discovered that babies born via C-Section have a mircobiome that is similiar to the operating room. This has a profound impact on their health. (Azad, et al. 2013; Penders et al. 2006; Prince et al. 2014). The predominate forms of bacteria found on and in c-section born babies are Staphylocci and C difficile. These babies also have significantly lower levels of the important bacteria Bifidobacterium and lower bacterial diversity. Studies suggest that this can impact on long term health and susceptibility to disease.
Hi I'm Sarah from Wild About Fermenting. I teach people how to ferment foods, public speak about the human microbiome and fermented foods, and sell fermented foods in FNQ. I am passionate about peoples microbiome - I love that the world is finally waking up to what Hippocrates has been telling us for a couple of thousand years! "All disease begins in the gut". This paper looks at the effects probiotics have on infants and what a pregnant mamas and family can do to support optimum health for the baby.
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