Probiotic Prep for Babies Begins Before Birth!
The best way to get a head start on optimal gut health for you and your entire family is to begin seeding the future with good bugs and a solid regiment (before new life begins.) If you are thinking about starting a family, extraordinary microbiota can be instilled in your baby’s cells before they are even born. Your unique body blueprint actually holds the key to the wellness of many generations to come. Investigating the interconnectedness of microbiome mastery to your entire holistic existence is an empowering way to wake up and take ownership of your personal wellbeing, as well to inspire the many lives that follow. When it comes to giving birth, what are the best ways to ensure a baby’s healthy entrance into this world?
Here are the straight facts when it comes to a traditional vaginal canal births vs. the (sometimes unavoidable) cesarean section births:
What Are Vaginal Births like for Babies vs. C-Sections?
Vaginal Births –
The first two years of a child’s life can either create a strong foundation of beneficial bacteria and optimal immune function, or a crumbling biome that is lacking in diversity or stability. Similarly, how the mother nourishes her own cells and the way baby is born will both affect the strength and defense of the little one’s bacterial colony. Vaginal births are by far one of the greatest ways to invest in the baby’s microbiome environment. As the newborn exits the birth canal and enters into the new world, the baby is bathed in a rich biofilm that is the mother’s unique bacterial concoction. Thus, being born via the birth canal is the prime way to protect their immunity, provide natural probiotics, and prepare them for optimal living.
Pro-tip: Regardless of having a vaginal birth, breastfeeding your newborn is another powerful way to prepare their immunity and replenish their microbiota for a fuller life in the future. The benefits of breastmilk simply cannot be reproduced in any instant formulas. From Polysaccharides, to Fructo-oligosaccharides, and even Bifidobacterium, breast milk is brimming with the nourishment that enhances their prebiotic supply, hence amplifying the baby’s beneficial bacteria. Ultimately, the act of breastfeeding helps the little ones develop a full spectrum of microbes and creates a stronger immunity too.
When it comes to Cesarean sections, it is often a last resort for mothers due to medical emergency. Unfortunately, c-section births can result in a baby biome that is not healthy as they are born into a completely sterile environment, lacking the nourishment of the vaginal initiation of bacteria. Oftentimes, this abrupt birth is in combination with the mother’s high dosage of antibiotics before and after the labor which compromises the infant’s radiant supply of bacteria. A bacterially unarmored newborn may end up developing a variety of symptoms later in life including, GI issues, colic, acid reflux, allergies, asthma, and even weight gain.
Pro-tip: If there is no choice but to have a c-section, there are many ways to stay proactive about your baby’s gut health. Talk to your doctor about having a simple vaginal secretion swab that is swiped across the baby’s face immediately after birth. That way, the baby still begins life with the mother’s ample source of beneficial bacteria from the vagina. Make certain to get tested prior to the vaginal swabbing so that no pathogens are passed down to the newborn.
Stay Connected to Source.
Understanding your baby’s health is just the beginning and a mere facet to the lifelong journey of discovery and world changing truth. Tune into the groundbreaking documentary series, Interconnected, for a continuation of microbiome information from the greatest sources and minds of medical science.
Do your homework, go with your gut, and never stop uncovering the endless truth lying dormant in your DNA.