Pregnancy is a phase when the mom needs to be extra vigilant with the foods and supplements she is consuming for her own and baby’s well-being. While all of us know the role of a healthy diet and supplements like iron, folic acid, and multivitamins during pregnancy, we aren’t much aware of the benefits of probiotics during pregnancy.
Experts have been able to shed light on the role and safety of probiotics during this crucial time of a woman’s life.
Following are a few benefits of taking probiotics during pregnancy:
1. Probiotics Boost the Digestive System of the Mother
Replacing the gut with healthy proactive bacteria accelerates digestion and eases constipation and abdominal discomfort, which are universal complaints encountered by a pregnant woman. Weight control is another proven benefit in a pregnant woman on probiotics.
2. Probiotics help with Bacterial Vaginosis and prevent Preterm Labor
Bacterial vaginosis is a vaginal infection in which unhealthy bacteria replace the good lactobacilli. If a woman contracts this infection during pregnancy, she is at risk for premature labor.  Statistics show that intake of lactic acid-containing bacteria maintains a favorable vaginal milieu  by fending off the bad bugs while allowing the good bacteria to home the vagina. This lowers the risk of going into labor before the expected delivery date. (more…)