Pregnancy, Nutrition

How to Use Probiotics During Pregnancy?

How to Use Probiotics During Pregnancy

When you think of bacteria, if you think of small but harmful creatures that infect microbes, we have good news for you: Not all bacteria are bad. Some are even very, very good. One of them is probiotics.
Let's talk about how probiotics help you during pregnancy.

What is a probiotic?

We said good-natured bacteria, but let's expand a little more: Probiotics; are living microorganisms that live in our intestines and are beneficial to health. Unlike bacteria that cause infections and diseases, probiotics are necessary for the regular functioning of our digestive system.

What are the benefits of probiotics during pregnancy?

  • It supports and protects the natural intestinal flora.
  • It strengthens the immune system.
  • It prevents the growth of malignant and harmful bacteria that cause disease.
  • It increases the body's resistance to diseases.
  • There are studies that prevent gestational diabetes and preeclampsia (pregnancy poisoning).
  • According to studies, it makes the baby more resistant to allergic disorders.
  • It regulates and protects the digestive system.
  • It prevents the most common constipation and diarrhea problems during pregnancy.
  • Having more good bacteria than bad bacteria in your baby's body prevents obesity. In this respect, it is beneficial to consume foods containing probiotics during pregnancy.

Which foods contain probiotics?

Which foods contain probiotics
  • Yogurt,
  • Kefir,
  • Buttermilk,
  • Foods made from fermented milk
  • Soy water, soybeans,
  • Pickles without vinegar, without lemon, with a little salt,
  • Onion,
  • Garlic,
  • Leek,
  • Artichoke
  • Kiwi
  • Oat.

Can you drink kefir during pregnancy?

If you do not have a special problem, there is no harm in consuming kefir during pregnancy. Thanks to the probiotics and vitamins it contains, kefir fights constipation, strengthens immunity, and provides satiety. In addition, we can offer the sleep-inducing aspect of kefir as a benefit during pregnancy.

Can you eat probiotic yogurt during pregnancy?

It will be great if you leave the yogurt yourself; because the probiotic level in yogurt reaches its maximum in the first 24 hours after fermentation. Also, isn't it comforting to know that there are no additives in it? It also meets the protein and calcium needs.

The most famous probiotic bacteria: is Lactobacillus Reuteri

The most famous probiotic bacteria_ is Lactobacillus Reuteri

This bacteria, which is present in the digestive system of all of us since birth, fight tirelessly against diseases and infections found in breast milk. In a normal delivery, the baby takes Lactobacillus Reuteri from the mother's vagina and places it in his own digestive system.

We mentioned that there are studies that show that if you consume foods containing probiotics in the last period of pregnancy, your baby's digestive and immune systems will be strong and will be resistant to allergic diseases. But more work is needed to say for sure.

Is it safe to use probiotics during pregnancy?

The best way is always the most natural. Therefore, do not neglect to consume foods containing probiotics. Do not use probiotic drugs according to your mind, consult a nutritionist or doctor. According to studies, the use of probiotics does not pose any danger to both pregnant women and babies.

It is common to use probiotic capsules or drops during pregnancy. The number and quality of the bacteria in their contents vary. To be effective, the bacteria must reach the large intestine alive.

Before using probiotic medication during pregnancy, you should definitely ask a specialist. 🙂

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