An article about new discoveries about the bacteria-rich environment of the placenta.
Previously thought to be "sterile", new research suggests that the placenta is actually filled with beneficial bacteria which play an important role in digestion and may be transferred to the baby.
The article raises questions about the wisdom of taking antibiotics during pregnancy except in an emergency due to the importance of preserving theses beneficial bacteria in the placenta.
The new study suggests that babies may acquire an important part of their normal gut bacteria from the placenta. If further research confirms the findings, that may be reassuring news for women who have had cesareans.
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