Trawling through PubMed isn’t everyone’s idea of a fun night at home, so I’m bringing you some of the interesting findings from studies that I stumble across and translating them into everyday language so that you don’t need a science degree to interpret them. I hope they transform your health.
PROBIOTICS CAN TRANSFORM PREGNANCY AND EARLY CHILDHOOD OUTCOMES, HERE ARE A SNIPPET OF STUDIES SHOWING THE VARIETY OF POSITIVE EFFECTS TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE A VIBRANTLY HEALTHY PREGNANCY AND CHILD.
LACTOBACILLI IMPROVE IVF SUCCESS
High rates of disturbances in vaginal flora colonies is found in women undergoing IVF. This bacterial vaginosis is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, ranging from early pregnancy loss, to late miscarriage and preterm birth.
Probiotics containing Lactobacilli might offer an elegant and safe choice of treatment. Further studies are required to determine appropriate treatment regimens. Full article available here Verstraelen H, Senok AC 2005
IMPROVED EMBRYO TRANSFER IN IVF
Colonising the transfer-catheter tip with Lactobacillus crispatus at the time of embryo transfer may increase the rates of implantation and live birth rate while also decreasing the rate of infection. Full article here Sirota I, Zarek SM, Segars JH 2014
PROBIOTICS CAN PREVENT INFANT AND MATERNAL DEATH
Using lactobacillus species improves the vaginal flora of the mother and reduces the risk of infection, which potentially lowers the risk of complications leading to infant and maternal mortality and morbidity Read the full article Reid Jn, Bisanz JE, Monachese M et al 2013
PREVENTION OF PRETERM BIRTH
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is associated with increased risk of Preterm Birth.
Antibiotics are usually ineffective at reducing the BV often resulting in relapse or antibiotic resistance. Lactobacilli can reduce the incidence of BV and improve beneficial vaginal flora, thus reducing preterm birth rates. Full Article Yang S, Reid G, Challis JRG, et al 2015
LACTOBACILLUS RHAMNOSUS PREVENTS ECZEMA
Using probiotics to prevent eczema has been most successful when using the strain L. rhamnosus during pregnancy and by supplementing the same strain directly to the infant after birth. More here Kuitunen M.
Sounds promising doesn’t it? And perfectly safe to use in your preconception plan, during pregnancy, postpartum and directly to your infant.
I’ll keep adding to this article as I come across further things of interest.