Study: Bacteria Do Not Colonize the Gut Before Birth

Recent research, conducted by scientists from McMaster University and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany, found that bacteria do not colonize the digestive tract before birth – it happens during and after birth.Study Bacteria Do Not Colonize the Gut Before Birth

For their study, a team of researchers examined prenatal stool (meconium) samples taken from 20 babies during breech Cesarean delivery.

Including only breech cesarean deliveries in healthy pregnant women helped to avoid the transmission of bacteria that occurs naturally during vaginal birth.

The first author of the study and a Ph.D. student Katherine Kennedy says: “The key takeaway from our study is we are not colonized before birth. Rather, our relationship with our gut bacteria emerges after birth and during infancy.”

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