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Probiotics while pregnant?

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Walnut8 Mon 14-Sep-09 14:35:12

I took probiotics pre-pregnancy as they helped a lot with IBS and preventing thrush. Now I'm getting symptoms of both back and would like to start taking probiotics again but not sure if they're safe for pregnancy? Everything I read says they are but to check with your GP/midwife first.

Has anyone else spoken to GP/midwife about this or is taking or taken probiotics while pregnant? My next midwife appointment isnt for a couple of weeks. Thanks.

TheHeathenOfSuburbia Mon 14-Sep-09 14:59:23

I did, for the last month or so of pregnancy, without any problems. Supposed to reduce chance of baby getting eczema.

dal21 Mon 14-Sep-09 17:55:46

I am doing so - cant see how they arent recommended during pregnancy. is just healthy bacteria.

mrswee Mon 14-Sep-09 18:14:33

If you are worried, you could try just eating live yogurt.

Walnut8 Mon 14-Sep-09 18:27:37

Thanks for your replies. Mrswee, I try to eat yogurt regularly and tried those yakult and yogurt type drinks but doesn't work as well as probiotic capsules for me. The probiotic capsules are brilliant.

I figure the same thing dal21, they are just bacteria you have in your gut anyway, but just wondered if anyone had been recommended a type/brand to take or been told not to take them?

ThePhantomPlopper Mon 14-Sep-09 20:12:13

I'm on the solray (think that's the brand) probiotic capsules £12 for 60. I've not been told not to take them and my midwife is aware I use them.

dal21 Mon 14-Sep-09 20:17:36

I take these

SPANIEL Tue 15-Sep-09 11:27:37

I'm taking boots pregnancy vitamins(Mum to be Advanced) which have got probiotics in them so i would be very surprised if you couldn't have them at all. Maybe you can only have a particular type/dose

Walnut8 Tue 15-Sep-09 11:59:08

I have the Boots Probiotic and Prebiotic Capsules in the fridge (not pregnancy ones - just plain probiotic capsules) and I think I'll just take a half dose until I see the midwife. If they are in pregnancy vitamins (and sounds like midwives don't have a problem with them) then i guess they should be okay. Thanks for your replies everyone.

LadyoftheBathtub Tue 15-Sep-09 12:06:11

Yes I wondered this and so I checked, I was told it's fine and I also read somewhere that some study has shown it's good for the baby too.

mamarug Tue 15-Sep-09 18:57:07

I also asked my obstetrician about this and he said it was fine. I took a probiotic supplement throughout my whole pregnancy with no problems.

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