Follow Your Gut: Gut Health During Pregnancy

by | Mar 25, 2024

Pregnancy is a whirlwind of emotions, changes, and cravings (Check out our article on “Spilling the Tea on Preggy Cravings.” But amidst the excitement, prioritising your well-being is crucial. Did you know that a healthy gut during pregnancy can benefit both you and your developing baby? Understanding the gut and its major benefits is a topic scientists have only started uncovering over the past few years—another frontier in human health. Let’s explore the fascinating world of gut health for moms-to-be and discover ways to nurture a thriving inner ecosystem.

Why Gut Health Shines During Pregnancy

Your gut microbiome, home to trillions of tiny bacterial residents (don’t overthink it; otherwise, it gets weird), plays a starring role in digestion, immunity, and even mood. Yes, mood- as if we didn’t have enough of that with raging preggy hormones already. Keeping this gut community balanced is essential to overall health. During pregnancy, gut health takes centre stage. Research suggests a healthy gut microbiome can positively influence your baby’s developing immune system. Breastfeeding further strengthens this connection, as breastmilk is packed with prebiotics that nourish your baby’s good gut bacteria.

Signs Your Gut Might Need TLC

Occasional tummy troubles are normal, but persistent issues like bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhoea, or heartburn could signal an imbalance in your gut bacteria. Feeling constantly tired, irritable, or having skin problems might also be signs.

Nourishing Your Baby-Making Gut

The good news is you can cultivate a healthy gut! Here are some mom-friendly tips:

  • Fiber Fest for Two: Fibre fuels your good gut bacteria. Embrace a rainbow of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Think berries, leafy greens, sweet potatoes, and brown rice.
  • Fermented Food Power: Fermented foods like yoghurt, kimchi, kefir, and sauerkraut are packed with beneficial probiotics – live bacteria that directly contribute to a healthy gut.
  • Limit Sugar and Processed Foods: Sugar and processed foods can create an environment where harmful bacteria thrive. Opt for whole, unprocessed foods whenever possible.
  • De-stress for a Healthy Gut: Chronic stress can disrupt gut health. To manage your stress levels better, practice relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, or deep breathing.
  • Talk to Your Doctor: Discuss whether a probiotic supplement might be right for you during pregnancy.

Consistency is key! Incorporating these tips into your daily routine will nurture a healthy gut for a happier pregnancy.

Taking Care of You Takes Care of Baby Too

By prioritising your gut health during pregnancy, you’re investing in your own well-being and laying the foundation for your baby’s future health. If you missed that article, follow the link to learn about cultivating your baby’s healthy gut.

So, the next time you reach for a snack, remember—a happy gut during pregnancy leads to a happy mom and a healthy baby!