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— April 29, 2018

Probiotics for Moms May Mean Thinner Kids

  • Probiotic intake can greatly affect genes tied to weight gain.
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If you’re planning to have children, you may want to start taking probiotics now. A group of scientists in Finland gave supplements of beneficial intestinal microbes to seven pregnant women, who took them until they stopped feeding their babies breast milk exclusively. Another eight women took placebo capsules. Women in the supplement group showed changes in 37 genes tied to weight gain, while their children showed changes in 68 genes, according to a report in the European Journal of Nutrition. In a separate study, probiotic supplementation was found to help women carry their babies to term. This research used data on more than 70,000 pregnancies from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. The study team found that probiotic intake during early pregnancy was linked to an 11% drop in the risk of preterm birth. What’s more, taking probiotics in late pregnancy was found to reduce a woman’s risk of developing pre-eclampsia, a dangerous inflammatory condition, by 20%. Results were published in BMJ Open.

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