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A prenatal supplement for pregnant women from conception through to birth. Also suitable and researched during breastfeeding and the 6 months+ post birth.
1. Sheih Y et al. (2001). Systemic immunity-enhancing effects in healthy subjects following dietary consumption of the lactic acid bacterium Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 20 (2): 149-156.
I started taking these midway through my pregnancy and have continued - baby is 4 months now. In my previous pregnancies I struggled. I did get the bifido and fibre supplement to use alongside these and that helped with that side of things.
I really suffered in my first pregnancy with bloating and nausea when taking other tablets. Since taking these with my second pregnancy I have noticed a considerable difference. Would highly recommend.
I am in my third trimester and was really struggling with indigestion, bloating and gas. I was recommended these by a friend and I am no longer feeling uncomfortable. I have also noticed energy levels have increased as I was starting to get lethargic. I also love the fact that these probiotics are aiding my babies immune system too, especially during the uncertainty of the pandemic we are in.
Food supplement suitable for pregnant women from conception through to birth and for breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding women post birth with the following recommendations:
Morning sickness and/or nausea is a common symptom in pregnancy and therefore pregnant women often prefer taking supplements in the form of capsules. To make taking Pregnancy capsules as easy as possible, we recommend tilting the head forward to swallow the capsule. Details below:
Live cultures are not recommended for those with serious medical conditions e.g. those who are severely immunosuppressed, have pancreatitis, are in the ICU, have melaena, have a central venous catheter, short bowel syndrome, or patients with open wounds following major surgery; unless under a doctor's care. Keep out of reach of children.
This is a food supplement and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Probiotic supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. If you are taking any medications or have a serious medical condition, consult a doctor before use. Optibac supplements will not cause dependency and may be used on an ongoing basis.
Live cultures: Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001, Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14®, Bifidobacterium lactis HN019; corn starch; vegetarian capsule: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose; Fructooligosaccharides (FOS 30mg); anti-caking agent: vegetable magnesium stearate
*Nutrient Reference Value
Each capsule contains 12 billion live cultures guaranteed until the date of expiry.
Following the taxonomic updates advised by a global team of scientists and published in April 2020, a reclassification has been proposed for the Lactobacillus rhamnosus species. The L. rhamnosus strain in Pregnancy may therefore now also be known as Lacticaseibacillus rhamnosus HN001.
|No. Live Cultures||12 billion|
|Added Ingredients||FOS Fibres|
|Recommended Use||1 capsule daily|
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All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Biology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist
Many brands of live cultures for pregnancy use the same strains in all of their products, just adding other ingredients to differentiate how they should be used. Optibac Pregnancy friendly bacteria supplement is formulated just for pregnancy, and contains special live cultures strains researched in women from conception, throughout pregnancy and early motherhood(1-4). It’s also fine to take alongside your prenatal vitamin and mineral supplements.
(1) Slykerman R et al. (2017). Effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 in pregnancy on postpartum symptoms of depression and anxiety. EBioMedicine, 24, 159-165.(2). Prescott SL et al. (2008). Supplementation with Lactobacillus rhamnosus or Bifidobacterium lactis probiotics in pregnancy increases cord blood IFNy and breast milk transforming growth factor B and immunoglobin A detection. Clinical and experimental Allergy,38(10):1606- 1614.(3)Dekker J et al. (2009). Safety aspects of probiotic bacterial strains Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 and B. lactis HN019 in human infants aged 0-2. International Dairy Journal,149-154 (4)Wickens K et al. (2017). Early pregnancy probiotic supplementation with Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 may reduce the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus: a randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Nutrition, 117, 804-813.
It’s natural to be concerned about taking live cultures supplements when pregnant or breastfeeding, but Optibac Pregnancy has been specifically formulated for use at this special time. It contains friendly bacteria strains which have been clinically trialled in women during pregnancy and early motherhood and shown to be safe (1).
(1) Dekker J et al. (2009). Safety aspects of probiotic bacterial strains Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 and Bifidobacterium animalis subs. lactis HN019 in human infants aged 0-2 International Dairy Journal, 149-154.
FOS stands for Fructo-oligosaccharides, which are a type of non-digestible carbohydrate. FOS fibres are often added to live cultures supplements such as Optibac Pregnancy as they can be fermented by good bacteria in the gut, giving your little friendly bacteria pals the best start!
|Pregnancy (30 capsules) - 30 capsules||For Women (30 capsules) - 30 capsules||Every Day (30 capsules) - 30 capsules|
|Suitability||Digestive & Intimate||Intimate Flora||General Digestive|
|Best for pregnancy|
|Best for breastfeeding|