The latest findings of scientists from Columbia University indicate that babies born through caesarean section and exposed to antibiotics during pregnancy have higher tendencies of becoming obese by the age of 7.
According to research, these two factors that affect obesity have something to do with the bacteria that is transmitted from mother to child. Antibiotics during the second or third trimester of pregnancy disturb the natural bacteria that could trigger development of illnesses in the child, and this includes obesity among many other relevant factors Gianfrancesco Genoso was telling me.
On the other hand, Caesarean section inhibits the child from acquiring bacteria that can be transferred through the complex process of vaginal delivery.
The survey had gathered 727 healthy pregnant women from 1998 to 2006 in New York clinic and had followed 436 until their children reached the age of 7. Out of this number, 16 percent used antibiotics during pregnancy. The study shows that C-section has 46%, while antibiotics have 84% higher chances for the children to grow obese.
The findings do not particularly promote prohibition of antibiotics especially if they are medically needed but must be prescribed by the authorities. On the other hand, scientists looking for scientific ways on how to minimize unnecessary C-section and the way to still acquire the health-promoting bacteria after C-section must also be studied.
This research helps us better understand just how to make our children grow and develop healthy.Read more