Probiotics during pregnancy may reduce disease, improve health of newborn: Taiwanese neonatologist

Dr. Jen-Her Lu presented findings on probiotic supplements for expectant mothers at the Taiwan Microbiome Congress

Taiwan News
Date; 2019/03/06
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – At the Global Engage Microbiome and Probotics Congress taking place March 6-7 in Taipei, a satellite meeting of the Taiwan Microbiome Congress showcased some important research on health science.

One presenter at Tuesday’s conference, Doctor Jen-Her Lu (陸振翮), discussed current research on prenatal probiotic supplements for expecting mothers.

Although there are still conflicting views on the manner and dosage of probiotics supplements during pregnancy, there is evidence that suggests limited use of probiotics can reduce the risk of premature birth, post-natal infection, and possibly lead to healthier immune systems in children.

Lu observed that in more than 30 percent of cases of premature births, the mother suffers from some manner of bacterial infection. From this premise, researchers suggest that pregnant women, especially those in late term, taking probiotc supplements may be beneficial for health of newborns. By reducing or eliminating bacterial infections, many premature births could be avoided.    [FULL  STORY]

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