A good quality probiotic can go a long way to easing digestive discomfort when you are pregnant. There is so much advice we receive when we are expecting; take this supplement and take that vitamin that it can be confusing. A probiotic works two fold. It aids digestive health and it also improves your immunity.
Can I Take a Probiotic While Pregnant? Answer: Yes
Probiotics differ according to genus, species and strain. All probiotics are considered to be safe and friendly, but not all probiotics are created equal. Some probiotics do not contain enough health benefits to be considered therapeutic.
How To Choose A Probiotic
Remember that our bodies are a harsh environment for probiotics. A good quality probiotic should be healthy and strong as well as therapeutic and should work with the indigenous bacteria in our digestive tract. A good probiotic should be backed by scientific evidence – lots of it including case studies and trials. Your probiotic should prove it contains bacteria which can survive the upper digestive tract acid and bile and are able to adhere to the intestinal wall. While all of this information may seem a little too scientific for you, if you are armed with information you know what to ask your pharmacist when they are recommending a pro biotic during your pregnancy.
Does The Dose Matter?
Yes. The dose is as important as the strain of probiotic you are taking. The “dose” of a probiotic is relating to the number of live organisms in a capsule. The number of live organisms is important as it will have different therapeutic effects. For example, a dose of 6 billion organisms may assist with general health and well being and good digestive health while a dose of 20 billion organisms may reduce the incidence of eczema.
What Can A Probiotic Help With?
A probiotic can help you restore and maintain a healthy micro flora in your digestive system. It can help support normal, healthy immunity and promote good digestive function. It can also help to maintain normal vaginal flora for those of us who are susceptible to thrush. When we have a normal, healthy digestive tract we can reduce the incidence of flatulence and diarrhea. There is a probiotic strain which can reduce the incidence and severity of children developing eczema and allergic rhinitis.
Why Do They Need Refrigeration?
Many people ask do you really need to keep a pro biotic in the fridge? Temperature fluctuations along with light and moisture can kill bacteria and the best way to control the environment and prevent these fluctuations is to store your pro biotic in a refrigerated environment.
Link Between Digestive System And Good Health
Our digestive tract is home to hundred of bacterial species – both helpful and harmful. The normal flora of your gut usually operates well and you are healthy and feel well. Sometimes the bacteria in your intestines may overgrow, or you may take a course of broad spectrum antibiotics which systematically destroy intestinal flora both good and bad. This is why antibiotics occasionally cause diarrhea, the digestive system is unbalanced. By introducing a probiotic you help your body to restore the balance of good flora and re-establish a healthy digestive tract.
Can I Eat Yoghurt Instead?
In order to receive the same therapeutic benefits as a probiotic you would need to consume approximately 22 tubs of yoghurt which contains good bacteria. That’s a lot of yoghurt.
Your inner health is linked intrinsically to your outer health. As pregnant women, our digestion slows down anyway in order to absorb as many nutrients as possible from our food. We suffer from bloating, gas and other digestive discomforts. Taking a probiotic is a good idea, not only will it help you to maintain healthy intestinal flora but it will potentially increase your immunity and can potentially help other conditions as well. Speak with your health care practitioner about which strain of probiotic is best suited for you and be sure to consume a quality probiotic backed by scientific studies and evidence.