Can You Use Probiotics During Pregnancy?

Generally speaking, it is all right for you to take probiotics during pregnancy. As with any nutritional supplement, you should of course talk with your doctor before you start. That being said, one of the safest kinds of nutritional supplements for you during pregnancy or at any other time is probiotics.

To understand how probiotics can be safe to take and even beneficial during pregnancy, it is important to understand a little bit about what probiotics are and about what it is that they do in the human body. Probiotics are live beneficial bacteria. These aren’t the same types of bacteria that can cause infection or disease. Instead, these bacteria are the kind found in a person’s gastrointestinal tract.

These naturally-occurring bacteria serve many purposes. For example, they aid the gastrointestinal tract with digestion. They also help with the absorption of nutrients. In addition, they help to create a type of a barrier between the body and various types of harmful substances, such as allergens. Probiotics are also thought to help to aid in the development of the immune system, and to boost the functioning of the immune system.

As you can see, probiotics can provide a number of benefits. That’s why they can be safe to take during pregnancy. When a woman takes probiotics during pregnancy, she not only helps out her own body, but her baby’s body as well. By providing her body with a balance of friendly bacteria, the pregnant woman creates a more stable environment for her growing and developing baby.  She helps to boost her own immune system, and thereby better protects the baby in her womb.

Having said all of that, there are still some rare situations in which you shouldn’t take probiotics during pregnancy. If your immune system has already been compromised or weakened, for example, it is usually recommended that you not take probiotics during pregnancy. If this is the case, you should speak with your health care provider about whether or not probiotics are right for your situation.

Leila Pereira
Leila Pereira
I work in occupational therapy and occupational science. I specialize in early intervention pediatrics for children from birth to three years old; with an emphasis on children with autism. My goals are to support the achievement of developmental milestones in your child while collaborating with caregivers & parents; including play skill development, education, leisure, rest and sleep, feeding, nutrition and social participation. Licensed by the California Board of Occupational Therapy

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