Placenta Rich in Bacteria, May Play Role in Infant's Microbiome

the MPR take:

An article published in the journal Science Translational Medicine discusses the discovery of unique bacteria contained in the placenta and how this bacteria may shape the microbiome of a developing infant. While this research is still new, this development may dispel the suggestion that babies born via C-section are not exposed to the helpful bacteria they would normally be exposed to during a vaginal delivery.  In the study, researchers noted that the placenta microbiome differed in women who had full-term pregnancies versus preterm births. Whether the difference in microbiome can be linked to preterm labor has yet to be discovered. The bacteria found in the placenta was closely matched to that found in the mouth. This may explain why periodontal disease in pregnant women has been linked to premature delivery, however, this study was not able to link the two.  Now that researchers have uncovered that the placenta is a source of bacteria, and not sterile as once thought, it begs the question of what role antibiotics may play during pregnancy.

Placenta Rich in Bacteria, May Play Role in Infant's Microbiome
Placenta Rich in Bacteria, May Play Role in Infant's Microbiome
The placenta, once thought sterile, actually harbors a world of bacteria that may influence the course of pregnancy and help shape an infant's health and the bacterial makeup of its gut, a new study has found. “I think women can be reassured that they have not doomed their infant's microbiome for the rest of its life,” said Dr.

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