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Pregnancy Alters Resident Gut Microbes

Trimester of Pregnancy

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  • The composition of a woman’s gut microbes actually changes during each trimester of pregnancy in ways that support the growth of the fetus.
  • During pregnancy the microbes actually become less diverse and the number of beneficial bacteria decline while disease-related bacteria increase; under normal circumstances, such changes could lead to weight gain and inflammation, but in pregnancy, they induce metabolic changes that promote energy storage in fat tissue so the fetus can grow
  • The importance of gut flora continues during and after birth, and may have a profound influence on the baby’s health and development
  • Maintaining optimal gut flora by eating raw food grown in healthy, organic soil and 'reseeding' your gut with naturally fermented foods may be one of the most important steps you can take to improve your health and your baby’s during pregnancy

By Dr. Mercola

The microbes that reside in your gut are very much a living, and integral, part of you.


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