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Dr. Sarina Pasricha is an adult gastroenterologist and an expert on our human gut microbiome. This is still an emerging area of study, and we learn more about our gut microbiomes all the time. There is some especially interesting research on the microbiomes of pregnant women, and that's what we focus on in this episode.

Dr. Pasricha and I start off talking about what exactly the gut microbiome is, why it's important, and what you can do to support it before, during, and after your pregnancy.

We also talk about the importance of your baby's gut microbiome and what you can do to help them develop a healthy one right off the bat. Dr. Pasricha shares tons of practical tips in this episode, including how many fruits and veggies you should aim to eat, why breastfeeding is great for baby, and how to help your baby build up their immune system.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What the gut microbiome is and why it's so important to our overall health.
  • How you can support your gut health before, during, and after your pregnancy.  
  • Why Dr. Pasricha advises everyone to eat a whole food, plant-based diet as much as possible.
  • The key differences between prebiotics and probiotics and how you can get both in your diet. 
  • Why you should only antibiotics if you really need them. 
  • How a mother's microbiome can affect her baby before and after birth. 
  • Why breastfeeding is a great way to support baby's gut health, and what you can do if breastfeeding isn't working for you.
  • How to help your child develop a healthy gut microbiome in their first few years of life. 
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