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Probiotics during pregnancy may cut pre-eclampsia, premature birth risk

Taking probiotics during pregnancy may lower the risk of pre-eclampsia and premature birth, though the timing of taking them may be crucial, researchers say

Taking probiotics during pregnancy may lower the risk of pre-eclampsia and premature birth, a study suggests.

The authors of the research, published in BMJ Open, say the timing of taking probiotics may be crucial.

Probiotic milk intake in late pregnancy was significantly associated with lower pre-eclampsia risk and probiotic intake during early pregnancy was significantly associated with lower risk of preterm delivery.

20%

Probiotic intake is associated with a 20% lower risk of pre-eclampsia during late pregnancy

Researchers from Sweden and Norway analysed data taken between 1999 and 2008 on more than 70,000 pregnancies from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study.

Expectant mothers provided information on their diet, lifestyle, medical history and other relevant background factors at 15, 22 and 30 weeks of pregnancy.

Amount made no difference

At 15 and

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Taking probiotics during pregnancy may lower the risk of pre-eclampsia and premature birth, a study suggests.

The authors of the research, published in BMJ Open, say the timing of taking probiotics may be crucial.

Probiotic milk intake in late pregnancy was significantly associated with lower pre-eclampsia risk and probiotic intake during early pregnancy was significantly associated with lower risk of preterm delivery.

20%

Probiotic intake is associated with a 20% lower risk of pre-eclampsia during late pregnancy

Researchers from Sweden and Norway analysed data taken between 1999 and 2008 on more than 70,000 pregnancies from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study.

Expectant mothers provided information on their diet, lifestyle, medical history and other relevant background factors at 15, 22 and 30 weeks of pregnancy.

Amount made no difference

At 15 and 30 weeks the questions included additional information on intake of different milk products containing probiotic bacteria before and during pregnancy.

Probiotic intake was associated with a 20% lower risk of pre-eclampsia, but only during late pregnancy.

Researchers also said there was a significant association between probiotic intake during early pregnancy and an 11% lower risk of premature birth, rising to 27% for preterm birth for probiotic intake late in the pregnancy.

The amount of probiotic consumed did not appear to make any difference, the findings showed.


Nordqvist M et al (2018) Timing of probiotic milk consumption during pregnancy and effects on the incidence of preeclampsia and preterm delivery: a prospective observational cohort study in Norway. BMJ Open. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018021

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