Caesarean Sections Cause Obesity and Microbiome Changes in Mice

New Scientist reports that researchers have determined C-sections can contribute to obesity in mice. The potential harm caused by this procedure has been known for some time but this study clarifies how it may be contributing to long-term health issues. 

In one generation we have gone from birthing 99 percent of babies at home in 1920 to 99 percent of babies born in the hospital by 1950, and a C-section rate that has increased by 50 percent since 1996 with no improvement in neonatal mortality.

Vaginal birth influences gene expression in enduring cell lines in newborns. Beyond the unintended side effects of pain interventions, the interference with breastfeeding onset and potential risk for postpartum depression, a medicalized birth also disturbs and jeopardizes the health of the microbiome.

Emerging research shows that bacteria are absolutely vital for human health, and imbalances in the human microbiome significantly contribute to chronic non-transmissible diseases. If a child is born with an incomplete or unbalanced microbiome, it can have very significant health consequences, unless corrected. For starters, your child's immune system may be compromised and/or may not fully develop, which leaves the door wide open to developing any number of chronic health problems — now and later in life.

Seeding your baby’s microbiome is crucial. While you may not be able to avoid all toxic exposures, it's important to take whatever proactive measures you can to reduce your toxic burden, especially before and during pregnancy. For example, avoiding any and all unnecessary drugs and vaccinations is one aspect you have a large degree of control over. Optimizing your vitamin D level is a crucial practice for everyone, no matter your gender.

You can maintain optimal gut flora by eating raw food grown in healthy, organic soil and “reseeding” your gut with fermented foods. (This is absolutely essential when you're taking an antibiotic). If you aren't eating fermented foods, you most likely need to supplement with a probiotic on a regular basis, especially if you're eating processed foods.

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