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Baby’s First Bacteria: When Does the Microbiome Begin?

We often talk about the importance of method of birth on a newborn’s health, not only in the short-term, but in the long-term. Research has found, again and again, that vaginal birth, and the experience of going through the birth canal, exposes a child to various microbes that form the basis for their own gut microbiome.

I’m not here to dive into that research today though (but you can learn more here). Excitingly, new research is finding that the placenta may actually play a significant role in microbiome development. This would change everything we know about the placenta’s purpose! Let’s take a deeper look.

  • lynette mayo

    Can the placenta be saved to help C-Section babies!

    • David Perlmutter

      Great question Lynette. Not that I am aware of. But I have recently heard of a study in which the placenta was made into capsules, administered to new mothers and virtually prevented postpartum depression.

  • lynette mayo

    Can you please elaborate or post site on ‘ The gauze in the vagina’ technique after c-section that can inoculate the baby with missed bacteria from mother !

  • lynette mayo

    I was not aware that w/c-section they are giving the mother and baby anti-bio tics! w/infant in the form of eye drops!

  • lynette mayo
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