You, your baby, and 10,000 other organisms

organismsYou may assume that you and your baby are the only two beings in your pregnancy relationship but, in fact, there can be as many as 10,000 other species living on or in your body. Your diet and lifestyle choices can decide if these co-inhabiting bugs are friend or foe.

Nutritionist Jessica Giljam-Brown (BSc Human Nutrition) of wellnessbyjessica.com explains how the very necessary bugs living in your body can help or hinder your health during pregnancy.

The bugs we live with

Humans rely on the symbiotic relationship with our microbiome to survive. In simple terms, this means that humans couldn’t function without the collection of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that live in and on our bodies. These tiny organisms live on your skin, in your eyelashes, in your gastrointestinal system, in your saliva and mouth, in the uterus, breast tissue, placenta, and even in semen. Some of these organisms live with us but don’t offer us any benefit or harm, some are parasitic and cause disease and illness, and others help us. SUBSCRIBE HERE AND READ THE FULL STORY

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