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Is it Safe to Take Acidophilus in Pregnancy?

Sauerkraut contains acidophilus.
Products containing acidophilus are sometimes used as a home remedy for babies with colic.
Research has shown that, in general, taking acidophilus in pregnancy poses little to no risk to the mother or fetus.
Pitcher of acidophilus milk.
Some studies have shown that acidophilus decreases yeast infections in pregnant women.
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Acidophilus is a bacterium naturally found in the digestive tract that helps to keep the body healthy and is believed to prevent several types of infections. It is also commonly known as a probiotic and may be found in dairy products, such as yogurt, and in a pill form. It is generally agreed that taking acidophilus in pregnancy is safe, though a consultation with a healthcare professional is recommended before purchasing any acidophilus supplements.

Research has shown that in general, taking acidophilus in pregnancy poses little to no risk to the mother or fetus. In fact, several studies have shown that acidophilus may be used to prevent bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections, both of which women are more likely to get while pregnant. In conjunction to fighting and preventing infections common in pregnancy, it is further believed that using acidophilus in pregnancy may also aid in preventing premature delivery.

Reported times when using acidophilus in pregnancy may pose a risk to the mother or child if the mother is lactose intolerant, in which case discomfort or other adverse effects may occur. Women who have weakened immune systems are also recommended to not take this probiotic. As of 2011, there are no other known possible risks for pregnant women who wish to add more acidophilus to their diet.

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Many times a pregnant woman who wishes to take in more acidophilus in pregnancy may do so by eating foods that are rich in the probiotic, such as yogurts or miso. If a supplemental pill is preferred, then it is generally recommended that a healthcare professional be consulted first. This is usually because in some countries not all available supplements have enough of the probiotic to be proven effective. A healthcare professional may be able to discuss brands that are currently proven more effective and beneficial for each patient.

Normally, only one supplemental pill is needed each day, depending on the brand. In many cases, it may still be safe to continue to eat foods rich in the probiotic. If an antibiotic must be taken, it is usually recommended that the probiotic be taken two hours before or after the antibiotic for optimal results. It is further recommended that using acidophilus in pregnancy be discontinued between two and four weeks before expected delivery and may be continued during lactation.

Acidophilus, also known as Lactobacillus acidophilus or probiotics, are typically found in the intestine and vagina. It is considered good bacteria that aid in healthy digestion and help fight as well as prevent bacterial infections. Though not conclusively proven as of 2011, it is believed that acidophilus may also help treat diarrhea, colic in infants, and even eczema in infants and young children caused by dairy allergy.

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fBoyle
Post 3

I think every pregnant woman should take a good quality acidophilus supplement. It's not just beneficial for the mother, it's also beneficial for the baby. It builds the baby's immune system too.

donasmrs
Post 2

@SarahGen-- Yes, I took an acidophilus supplement throughout my pregnancy. It must have worked because I didn't have any yeast infections. I was actually just taking it for digestive health. Acidophilus is great for digestion and helps prevent constipation. My sister also used it when she was pregnant, she had a urinary tract infection. She did wait until her antibiotics were over though because antibiotics kill acidophilus, so they sort of cancel each other out.

You should definitely take them now that you just finished using antibiotics. I'm sure it will protect from future yeast infections.

SarahGen
Post 1

I'm in my second trimester and I just finished using an antibiotic cream for a yeast infection. I want to take acidophilus so that I don't develop another infection. My friend told me that she had a yeast infection throughout her pregnancy and I don't want the same to happen to me.

I will ask my doctor for an acidophilus supplement recommendation but I'm wondering if anyone here used one while they were pregnant? And did it work?

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