Queen V is our shiny new probiotic that’s not just suitable for pregnant (or breastfeeding) women but good for them and their babies! We know that when it comes to pregnancy, the information we’re expected to take in is vast, time-consuming, and sometimes confusing. So we’ll keep it straight and to the point.
1. Thrush can be one of the first signs of pregnancy
The changes that happen in our gut microbiome by, say, taking antibiotics, eating a lot of sugar, or just having too much bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria, can cause thrush. But, what’s less well-known is that our hormones, which change a lot during pregnancy, can also cause thrush as well as bacterial vaginosis (BV).
Just like how we take probiotics when we take antibiotics, we should be topping up our good bacteria stores when our hormones are being more disruptive during pregnancy than they normally are. Thrush is a pain in the...not neck
2. The health of our gut microbiomes is directly determined by our mums
Babies born vaginally get their bacteria ‘starter pack’ when they are born through the birth canal - from the biological mother’s vaginal microbiome. Babies born via C-section tend to have more bacteria in their microbiomes that come from their mum’s skin. So, we want to be sure that as much of that starter pack bacteria is good, healthy bacteria! When we take high quality probiotics during pregnancy, we’re not only resetting our own gut health but investing in that of our baby’s.
3. Soe strains of bacteria support a balanced mood
Postpartum depression is a serious topic and something that people from all walks of life and backgrounds can experience. Preparing and supporting our bodies as much as possible means we can rest easy knowing we’re doing everything on our end to ensure a calm mind through novel and changing experiences. Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001™ is the strain of bacteria which is one of only a few that have been trialled for depression and anxiety.
4. Probiotics keep you regular
Thanks to all of the hormonal changes that come with growing a small human, constipation is really common in pregnancy and it is not a vibe. But, add this to the long list of things bacteria can do for us: a reduction in ‘transit time’. We know that sounds weird but basically it means you’re not gonna eat something on Monday and not see it till the following Wednesday. Things are going to be moving smoothly thanks to Bifidobacterium lactis HN019™. Another catchy name.
5. You're more susceptible to a weakened immune system while pregnant
Once again, bacteria comes to the party with all the right tools. In everyone, the majority of your immunity starts in your gut. But, because pregnant people are contending with a lot of changes and that whole sharing your body thing, immunity becomes something that needs a helping hand. Add on top of that that a child’s immune system takes about 6-7 years to fully develop so it needs help. When a biological mother has a healthy immune system, their babies are that much better prepared to develop strong immunity of their own.