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The Impact Of Mental Health In Pregnancy and Babies' Health

Many factors can influence the development of a baby during pregnancy and after birth, but until recently, researchers knew little about the relationship between an expectant mother’s mental health and the subsequent development of her baby after birth. According to a systematic review published on February 25th, 2018 in The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, stress factors that mothers experience before, during and soon after pregnancy can increase eczema risk in their children. Stress factors that might increase eczema risk in mothers’ children include prenatal or postpartum depression, prenatal anxiety, maternal stress during pregnancy, adverse life events, distress or perceived stress before pregnancy, and job strain during pregnancy.

It is common for women to experience mental ill health for the first time in pregnancy. Women may feel more vulnerable and anxious, and some may develop depression. Pregnancy and birth can trigger depression in some women. Symptoms that may indicate they are depressed include feeling sad, hopelessness, negative thoughts about herself, not sleeping well, loss of appetite and a lack of interest to socialize.

Postnatal depression can start any time in the first year after giving birth. It affects around 1 in 10 new mothers. Many women feel down, tearful or anxious in the first few days after giving birth.  If their symptoms last longer than 2 weeks after the birth of the baby or start later, they could be experiencing postnatal depression.

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Recent Studies Linked Maternal Stress With Eczema In Babies

Eczema prevalence is increasing worldwide and is estimated to impact 20 percent of children younger than five years. There is a potential correlation between mothers’ stress and eczema development in their children. Maternal stress also has been linked to immune function deregulation in offspring. That could result in inflammation, which is associated with eczema occurrence. It is found that maternal stress leads to cytokine production, which contributes to allergy development. Due to the high prevalence of eczema among children and the effect this disease has on their quality of life, it is worth taking note that maternal health and wellbeing influence the health of the infant. 

Stress itself is not a disease but it is disease causing. It can lead to a breakdown in psychological, body and brain functioning. According to a new study conducted by the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, women who are under stress before conceiving can increase the risk of eczema in their newborns.  Maternal stress can release certain hormones that can impact the baby’s immune response. This could lead to an increased risk in eczema.  In this survey, the women were asked to report how stressful they were in their daily lives. More than one in six women reported that their stress level has taken its toll on their health. The risk of their infants developing atopic eczema at the age of 12 months is 20% higher than other participants in the survey. 

Probiotic Is Proven to Help Alleviate Pregnancy Stress

423 women were recruited in a 2 years trial. 212 women were given L. rhamnosus HN001 while 211 were placed in the placebo group. Mothers taking the L. rhamnosus HN001 reported a significantly lower depression scores and anxiety scores. L. rhamnosus HN001™is proven to reduce pregnancy stress. Its benefits are extended to the infants with lower prevalence in eczema development.

A Baby’s Good Health is Paved With Good Gut Health

Many pregnant women take supplements to support their babies’ health but may not realise that their own health can impact that of their babies' both before and after birth. The first thousand days of life include the 270 days of pregnancy are essential in microbiome and immune system development. Emerging research is showing probiotic supplementation from the first trimester onwards may have beneficial effects for both mother and baby. During this critical period, the disruption in the development of the infant’s microbiota and immunity has been linked to the development of allergies and eczema. Accumulating evidence shows that probiotics are effective in preventing and treating eczema in infants and babies. Recently, there were some studies demonstrating that a probiotic supplementation was given to the mothers followed by giving directly to the newborns has reduced the risk of eczema.

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Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001™ - Starts Early Life Gut Microbiota

L. rhamnosus HN001, originally isolated from yoghurt. L. rhamnosus HN001™ has been consumed for more than 20 years in foods and supplements and documented in more than 100 scientific publications. HN001™ has been extensively studied across all life stages from early infancy through elderly years, and in pregnant and lactating women. Most notable is its ability to impact the immune system and long-term safety profile in infants and children to support early life immune homeostasis.

In a gold standard study,  it was found that  L. rhamnosus HN001 supplementation in the later part of pregnancy and direct supplementation to the infant from birth for two years was able to reduce the risk of eczema up to the age of six. Subsequent follow-up showed that they experienced a 42% lower risk of developing eczema over the first 11 years of life.

This highlights the importance of supplementation with the right strain of probiotic in the first few years of life. It provides a window of opportunity to potentially reduce health conditions such as eczema and allergies.

Given the relatively immature neonatal gut and gut-associated immune system, the safety of  L. rhamnosus HN001 used in early life was demonstrated in infants according to a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial conducted on infants from birth up to 24 months. This strain of probiotic is also proven safe and well tolerated among pregnant women.



Kordel’s Protect Early Life:

No more Stressful Pregnancy For An Eczema-Free Baby


Kordel’s Protect EarlyLife is a combination of L. acidophilus NCFM® and Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001™. A woman who experiences a stressful pregnancy or those planning to get pregnant but lead a very stressful lifestyle will benefit from this strain of bacteria. Kordel’s Protect EarlyLife, the one-of-the kind probiotic that is proven safe to mothers and her babies while providing a wide spectrum of benefits to both mother and her newborn.

  • It is the first strain of probiotic that is proven to be safe and effective in mothers and infants.

  • It ensures optimum immune health of the pregnant mothers and their babies.

  • It improves the mothers' mood during pregnancy and prevents eczema and other allergy-related symptoms in the babies