Probiotics For Every Stage of Child Conception
Pregnancy and giving birth to children is an exciting and incredible experience. The most interesting thing is that every woman’s experience is different throughout each stage. From pregnancy to labour to caring for your new baby, there are so many factors that go into child planning. One of the questions we are asked frequently is “should I be taking probiotics?” or “should I be giving my child probiotics?”
The gut microbiome and probiotics have been a hot topic in recent years. With thriving gut bacteria to support our microbiome, it can help us stay healthy. By adding probiotics, which are strains of good bacteria, this can play a large role in developing a strong and healthy gut for both mom and baby.
If a woman is planning for children but has a diet that is high in processed foods, minimal in fruits and vegetables, consumes a lot of alcohol and/or caffeine, smokes, has recently taken antibiotics, and has high stress levels, all of these factors can alter and/or decrease the good gut bacteria in our bodies. The significance is that our gut microbiome influences fetal development, and is passed through mother to child during childbirth and post-natal care (like breastfeeding).
Another factor to consider is that babies that are born vaginally have a higher diversity of gut bacteria in their intestinal tract, than those that are born by c-section. The vaginal canal is full of bacteria to help with a baby’s immunity, whereas a c-section birth consists of a very sterile environment. Because of this, babies born by c-section may have higher incidence of:
If you’re considering buying probiotics, whether you’re a woman in the early stages of family planning or a new mom, here are our top probiotic picks for every stage of child development.
*Whenever you’re selecting probiotics, look for strains/products with clinical studies on safety and efficacy in pregnancy and children’s health.*
Maternity Probiotic: HMF MATERNITY
HMF Maternity has a large-scale randomized controlled trial to support safety in pregnant women. Healthy gut bacteria in a newborn can be significantly enhanced if the mother is taking a probiotic during pregnancy. HMF Maternity supports women through pregnancy, contains a balance of unique strains that have a high tolerance to stomach acid, and helps to modify gut bacteria. Taking a probiotic during pregnancy can reduce the risk of preeclampsia, pre-term birth, and gestational diabetes.
Infant Probiotic: HMF BABY B / BABY F
Baby B is for breast-fed babies, while Baby F is for formula-fed babies.
These specific formulas contain a type of prebiotic fibre that’s found in breast milk. Infant probiotics can help promote healthy immune function, and reduce the chance of:
- Skin issues (eczema, psoriasis, cradle cap)
- Digestive issues (diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux)
Toddler Probiotic: HMF TODDLER + PRO
This formula is a probiotic and complete vitamin, and includes the essential vitamins and minerals that support normal growth and development for eyesight, skin, immune function, and metabolism. It comes in a berry flavour, making it ideal for young ones.
Children’s Probiotic: HMF CHILD
HMF Child has a tasty blackcurrant formula to help maintain a child’s gut microbiome by supporting their gastrointestinal health, immunity, and brain development, while reducing the risk of upper respiratory tract infections, allergies, and metabolic disease.
Another way to get a dose of healthy probiotics is by incorporating probiotic-rich foods into your diet, like:
- Fermented vegetables (kimchi, pickles, sauerkraut)
- Tempeh (fermented soybeans, instead of tofu)
- Apple cider vinegar
- Brine-cured olives