Lately, I’ve started posting fun facts about pregnancy and postpartum health on my Instagram page. I don’t want you to miss out on any of these facts, so I’ve decided to post these facts and images on my blog in addition to Instagram.
I hope you enjoy this new series of blogs. If you’re on Instagram, come find me @rockyourhormones 🙂
Many women report memory problems while pregnant. Are you one of them?
This could be due to your brain and hippocampus shrinking during your pregnancy.
Don’t worry, it does come back! In the meantime, have a sense of humor about finding shoes in your fridge and forgetting your best friend’s name.
There’s a couple of interesting studies about it here
This is such good information, especially if you’re scheduled for a cesarean.
If you’ve had a cesarean and weren’t aware of this information or it wasn’t an option for you (due to hospital policy, an emergency c-section, etc.), there are still lots of fantastic things you can do to boost your baby’s immune system and gut health (breastfeeding, using infant probiotics, starting them on a nutrient-dense and low inflammatory diet when they start solids). This information is meant for knowledge, not judgement.
Knowledge is power. If I am ever scheduled for a cesarean, this is something I’m happy to know about and look into.
According to a recent pilot study,
“Exposure of newborns to the maternal vaginal microbiota is interrupted with cesarean birthing.
Babies delivered by cesarean section (C-section) acquire a microbiota that differs from that of vaginally delivered infants, and C-section delivery has been associated with increased risk for immune and metabolic disorders.
Here we conducted a pilot study in which infants delivered by C-section were exposed to maternal vaginal fluids at birth. Similarly to vaginally delivered babies, the gut, oral and skin bacterial communities of these newborns during the first 30 d of life was enriched in vaginal bacteria—which were underrepresented in unexposed C-section–delivered infants—and the microbiome similarity to those of vaginally delivered infants was greater in oral and skin samples than in anal samples.
Although the long-term health consequences of restoring the microbiota of C-section–delivered infants remain unclear, our results demonstrate that vaginal microbes can be partially restored at birth in C-section–delivered babies.”