Research is showing that expecting moms who take antibiotics during their pregnancy increase their child’s risk of becoming obese. The study was done on 436 moms-to-be and their children. The children included in the study ranged from birth to 7 years old.
Many variables were taken into consideration; gestational age, birth weight, maternal body mass and social economics in the study. Results came in showing 84 percent of babies whose mothers used antibiotics during second or third trimesters were at risk to become obese.
A study was also done that shows cesarean section births also increase the risks of becoming obese. According to Gianfrancesco Genoso this study’s numbers were 46 percent increased risk, which confirmed previous data.
The structure is not clear and only association between the two is what the study’s findings are based on. What a postdoctoral research fellow from Colombia found; was antibiotics taken while mother is carrying her child may affect the establishment of bacteria in the babies gut.
Researchers are saying that these findings shouldn’t change clinical practice. The data doesn’t indicate which specific antibiotics were used or for which infections. There are many legitimate uses for antibiotics during pregnancy. Further studies are needed before serious change is implemented