Link found between stress during pregnancy and the baby’s intestinal flora


For some time, stress during pregnancy has been linked to allergies and intestinal disorders in babies. However, until recently, it was unclear why there is this link. According to new research at the Radboud University in the Netherlands, the answer is in the composition of the baby’s intestinal flora.

Researchers monitored the development of the intestinal flora in 56 babies born vaginally for the first 110 days after the birth. As well as the link between stress and the baby’s poor gut flora, they also studied the resulting gastrointestinal tract symptoms and allergic reactions.

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