Having a healthy gut during pregnancy can help the development of your baby

Making sure you have a healthy gut before is actually really important for the development of your unborn baby.
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Making sure you have a healthy gut before and during pregnancy is actually really important for the development of your unborn baby.

Researchers from the University of East Anglia and the University of Cambridge found that changes in the mother’s body during pregnancy can affect the structure of the placenta and how nutrients are transported.

This has a direct impact on the growing baby.

Experts studied the gut microbes of pregnant mice. These microbes play a key role in maintaining health, combating infections, and keeping the immune system and metabolism balanced.

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The study looks into how a mother’s gut health impacts her baby during pregnancy.

Studies have looked into how a healthy gut can help you with ageing, but little has been researched on how they can influence pre-birth.

Foetuses in the womb receive nutrients from the mother, and a mother’s microbiome directly impacts the baby.

“Pregnancy disorders affect around one in ten pregnant women. This is worrying as pregnancy complications can lead to health problems for the mother and her baby even after the pregnancy,” says Dr Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri, University of Cambridge.


As part of the study, germ-free mice were bred lacking in any microbes and compared to mice with a ‘normal’ microbiome. 

The foetus of the germ-free mice did not receive adequate sugar and failed to grow and develop properly.

However, when the germ-free mice had their gut biome restored, it led to the unborn baby’s growth and development returning back to normal levels.

How a mother’s gut microbiome can affect the placenta

“This study carried out in mice identifies a new player in the communication between mother, placenta and foetus, which is the maternal microbiome,” read study notes.

“Finding out how this form of communication works and how to improve it may help many women who develop pregnancy complications, as well as their developing child.”

Remarkably, it appears that adding a probiotic during pregnancy may help to boost how the placenta functions, which has positive effects on the baby’s growth in utero.

While mice and humans are very different, this study could prove an important insight into the role of a mother’s microbiome and how a baby grows.

How The Healthy Mummy Tummy Smoothie can help improve your gut health

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It’s important to have a healthy gut, as not only does it keep you going to the bathroom regularly, but it can help support your immune system.

And now there’s no need to have to take a separate probiotic, as our new Healthy Mummy Tummy Smoothie contains a heap of amazing new ingredients, including probiotics to help you lose weight, support your gut health and feel fuller for longer!

NEW PRODUCT! The Healthy Mummy Tummy Smoothie to help improve your GUT HEALTH!

Healthy Mummy nutritionist Cheree Sheldon explains that probiotics work to help maintain a healthy immune system, especially if you suffer from bloating or other digestive problems such as IBS.

“When it comes to health, the health of the gut is a major influence. The ingredients in the Tummy Smoothie by The Healthy Mummy will work to encourage a healthy microbiome and support digestion,” she says.

Gut health can include complex conditions like IBS, Crohn’s disease and colitis. This smoothie is a 2-in-1 combo to help you manage your weight and improve your gut health.

You can use the Tummy Smoothie if you’re breastfeeding and pregnant!

Many expecting mums say they suffer from constipation as their body changes, or they may struggle to go to the bathroom while they are breastfeeding.

The good news is that our Tummy Smoothie is pregnancy safe and breastfeeding-friendly!

Our brand new product is a nutritious breastfeeding-safe formula that is free from preservatives, nuts and artificial sweeteners.

All you have to do is simply place 25g (2 heaped tbsp) into a smoothie shaker and add 250ml of your choice of milk.

The Tummy Smoothie is a great source of dietary fibre to help to relieve you of any toxic build-up. It is also loaded with probiotics to help balance the friendly bacteria in your digestive system. 

With ingredients such as carrot juice powder, fenugreek seek powder and pumpkin seed. It’s easy to see why it is going to be your secret weapon to fight belly fat!

ORDER your Tummy Smoothie HERE!

The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie

Did you know the Healthy Mummy has a Pregnancy Smoothie?

The Pregnancy Smoothie is designed to complement, not replace, your prenatal vitamin intake.

Our nutritionists ensured that the vitamins and minerals in the smoothie were at a low level, so there was no risk of doubling up on any pregnancy vitamins.

It is ideal as a high-protein, high-calcium snack in pregnancy. You can download the Pregnancy Smoothie Label here.

Shop The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie here.

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