Mum-to-be and feeling queasy?
By Janeen Howard, DIP. Med Herb, MNZAMH
Pregnancy is such a happy and special time! However, one of the unpleasant symptoms commonly experienced during pregnancy can be digestive blues which is not fun at all.
During this time, there are a mix of digestive unpleasantries including feeling bloated, gassy, and queasy. Fluctuations in bowel movements can also be part of the experience.
Given that pregnancy is a time when bowel habits generally change, probiotic supplements can help keep you regular and ease digestive issues. During pregnancy, good gut flora is crucial for your health and your baby’s health as well. Research shows that beneficial bacteria, found in probiotics, play a major role in keeping both your digestive and immune systems healthy. Probiotics also support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from meals, which benefits both mum and baby.
What exactly are probiotics?
Your bowel contains trillions of bacteria from more than 500 different species. Probiotics are good bacteria that inhabit your gut, alongside the bad bacteria that can threaten your digestive health. When the bad guys outweigh the good, your digestion function and immune health can be compromised.
How are the good bacteria compromised?
Microbial changes during pregnancy are inevitable, but there are also dietary and lifestyle changes that can compromise good bacteria. When your diet is high in processed foods, low in fruit and vegetables, and high in caffeine or carbonated beverages, gut health can suffer.
Coffee and tea can be beneficial to your health in small, regulated doses. However, excessive caffeine use can turn your stomach too acidic and deplete your healthy gut bacteria. Additionally, sleep and medications can skew the ratio of good to bad and disrupt your healthy bacterial balance. This can lead to digestive distress and a weakened immune system.
How can probiotics help?
To balance the scales, many healthcare practitioners are turning to probiotics. Probiotics help to repopulate the good bacteria, tipping the balance back in your favour and providing internal harmony. A healthy gut flora has a positive influence on health in many ways, from addressing unwanted digestive discomfort, to helping to extract energy from food, building your body’s immune system and keeping your general health and wellbeing in check.
Which product should you take?
When it comes to selecting a probiotic, make sure it has been scientifically researched. This guarantees the probiotic works effectively and is a probiotic you can trust. Always check that the probiotic is safe to take during pregnancy.
GO Healthy GO Probiotic 40 Billion is designed to maintain and restore good gut bacteria. Safe to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding, this high-potency blend supplies 40 billion live bacteria per Vege-Capsule. The blend has been scientifically researched and shown to quickly restore beneficial bacteria, ensuring a safe and effective way to strengthen gut health. GO Probiotic 40 Billion provides essential support if you are on antibiotic medication, while helping to balance your digestive system on a daily basis.
Always read the label and take as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. GO Healthy NZ Limited, Wellington. Made in New Zealand from local & selected imported ingredients.