Doctors believe that allergic diseases - eczema, food allergies, and asthma - often start in pregnancy. The immune environment during pregnancy and mom’s microbiome affect whether a baby develops eczema and food allergies after they are born.
A mother’s microbiome during pregnancy is a major decider of whether the immune system is healthy or working too hard. A prenatal probiotic that balances the bacteria in mom, and keeps mom’s immune system from being too active, can prevent a baby from ending up with a hyperactive immune system after birth.
Support Healthy Infant Gut Development
Given research showing that a baby’s microbiome is directly related to their risk of eczema and food allergies, you won't be surprised to learn that taking a prenatal probiotic can drastically reduce a child’s risk of developing eczema. Even better is that this protection has been shown to last for more than 10 years!
A number of studies over the last 10 years have shown that when moms take a probiotic with lactobacillus rhamnosus at the 3rd trimester of pregnancy and continue it during the first 6 months, babies are 60% less likely to develop eczema. What’s even better is that because eczema is often the cause of food allergies, supporting healthy gut development with a prenatal probiotic may stop food allergies before they start.
Read more about probiotics and eczema.
Fix Disruption of the Vaginal Microbiome
There are benefits of the right probiotics extend beyond baby's development. There are benefits to mom as well. There is a clear link between vaginal health disruption, or vaginosis, and poor pregnancy outcomes.
Bacterial vaginosis has long been associated with late-term fetal loss and preterm birth - both of which are a sign of a hyperactive immune system. Bacterial vaginosis can also lead to a Group B Strep infection and the microbiome disrupting antibiotics needed to protect a baby from the infection.