Autism is always a hot topic especially since now 1 in every 88 children is diagnosed with autism. Another hot topic is pregnancy and prenatal care. Combine the two...and you are on fire, ha!
The question here is, can probiotics taken during pregnancy really prevent autism?
To answer this question, we need some background first. If you want my to read my answer right away, click on prevent autism during pregnancy, now!
Recent research suggests that autism may be a type of an inflammatory disease and this may start during pregnancy.
What is an inflammatory disease?
During pregnancy, it is possible that a mother’s inflammatory response to viral and bacterial infections affects her developing fetus and this may in turn affect the baby’s inflammatory system.
Now, some background on probiotics.
What are probiotics?
What foods contain probiotics?
Claimed benefits of probiotics:
To put this all together, we need a quick background on bacteria.
There is good and bad bacteria out there. Our bodies are covered in good bacteria including our skin and gut.
In reality, our body is only 10% cells and the rest is bacteria. In other words, there is 100 times more bacteria than human cells!!
Bad bacteria surrounds us. It can come from spoiled food, touching objects with such bacteria, etc..It can grow in our gut and make us sick.
Good bacteria helps to prevent infections from this bad bacteria.
This is where probiotics come in....probiotics are good, live bacteria, that once eaten will live in our gut, multiply, and help us in the many ways described above.
Can we prevent autism during pregnancy with the use of probiotics?
This could be a stretch...but maybe not!
Considering all this information, some have made the conclusion that the use of probiotics during pregnancy may have an anti-inflammatory effect which, in turn, will prevent autism.
I would stay far away from probiotic supplements during pregnancy for these reasons described below:
Eat lots of organic, pasteurized yogurt, keifer, sauerkraut, kimichi, pickles, and miso soup! Yummy!
Look for yogurts that have the bacteria: bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Lactobacillus reutri
Maybe it will help prevent autism, maybe not. But it is healthy and it will make you feel like you are doing everything you can for your child. There is something to be said for confidence and peace of mind!
I am not an expert on autism by any means. For more information, please check out Discover Autism Help. They have a ton of great information!