Each of us has a unique collection of bacteria living in and around our body, mainly in the digestive tract (or gut). That microbiome is like a bacterial thumbprint, and some scientists believe it starts to form even before we are born.
Within our microbiome are many different kinds of bacteria. Some are good, some are harmful, and some are neutral. Throughout life, it is important to maintain a balanced gut—meaning greater numbers of good bacteria to harmful or neutral. Here are two ways added good bacteria during pregnancy benefits moms-to-be:
A happier tummy*
Beneficial bacteria, also known as probiotics, support good digestion and may help reduce occasional constipation and diarrhea during pregnancy.*
A healthy immune system*
Remember at least 70% of the immune system is found in the gut, so more good bacteria means greater immune support—and not just for mom!* Babies get their first good bacteria from their mothers, which is how a child’s immune system begins to develop.*
These are just a couple of the ways probiotics benefit expectant mothers, which is why some experts recommend taking a daily probiotic supplement during pregnancy and throughout life to promote better digestion and health.* Babies and children also benefit from added good bacteria early on in life.*