Who is Pregnancy for?
Especially for pregnant women, from conception through to birth and early motherhood, to help support digestive and immune function and vaginal health, as well as general well-being*.
- Each capsule provides 12 billion CFU + 30 mg prebiotic FOS - the billions count is guaranteed until end of expiry
- Contains premium probiotic strains which have been trialed in hundreds of pregnant and breastfeeding women
- All three strains are scientifically proven to survive stomach acidity and reach the gut alive
- Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 has been shown to help support immune health and overall digestive function, including improving regularity*
- Maternal supplementation of Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 may have beneficial immune effects for both mother and baby and support the mother’s emotional wellbeing*
- Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14® and Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 have been proven to reach the vaginal tract and shown to support vaginal health*
- L. rhamnosus HN001 has been shown to stimulate immunological responses
- Suitable for pregnant women from conception through to birth and for breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding women post birth (6 months+)
- Easy to take on the go – no refrigeration required
- Winner of Janey Loves Platinum Award 2020
- From the UK’s most trusted & recommended brand of friendly bacteria supplements. As determined in an independent survey of 1000 British women+.
Available to order in one pack size of 30 capsules.
All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr. Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nutritional Medicine) Nutritional Therapist.
Should you take probiotics in pregnancy?
Expectant mums may worry whether it's safe to take probiotics during pregnancy, especially as some other natural health supplements are not recommended at this time. However, Pregnancy contains probiotic strains which have been clinically trialed in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and shown to be safe1; in fact it's advisable to support your gut with suitable probiotics at this special time. The strains in Pregnancy have been shown to offer potential benefits* for common pregnancy-related issues such as digestive health2, intimate health3 and immune health4 as well as supporting overall wellbeing6 whilst pregnant and into early motherhood*.
How does this supplement differ to other probiotic supplements for pregnancy?
Pregnancy contains specific probiotic strains which have extensive research to support their use all the way from conception, throughout pregnancy and into early motherhood2,5,6. Other brands often use the same strains of probiotics in all of their supplements, and simply add other ingredients to differentiate how they can be used. Unlike other brands, Pregnancy contains probiotic strains which have been researched during pregnancy, so there is no need for added ingredients. However, should you wish to take other prenatal supplements and vitamins, then it is fine to take your Pregnancy supplement alongside these.
What are prebiotic FOS?
FOS stands for Fructo-oligosaccharides and is a type of non-digestible carbohydrate. This means that it is not able to be broken down in the small intestines, and instead enters the large intestine where it acts as a fuel source for the bacteria living there. FOS is a prebiotic, which means it feeds our friendly bacteria, and helps to keep our microbiome healthy.
Now dispatching in our new look!
We are introducing new, eco-conscious packaging this year, and the new designs will update gradually from product to product to minimize any waste. Please bear with us as you may receive orders with both current and new packaging over the coming months. We hope you like the new look!
We’ve reduced the plastic in this packaging by 96%. We no longer use plastic containers.
Update July 2021: This supplement was previously called OptiBac ‘For pregnancy’.
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 .
2. Ibarra A et al. (2018). Effects of 28-day Bifidobacterium Animalis Subsp. Lactis HN019 Supplementation on Colonic Transit Time and Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Adults With Functional Constipation: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, and Dose-Ranging Trial. Gut Microbes, 9(3):236-251.
3. Russo R et al. (2019). Randomised clinical trial in women with recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis: efficacy of probiotics and lactoferrin as maintenance treatment. Mycoses, DOI: 10.1111/myc.12883.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Slykerman R et al. (2017). Effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 in pregnancy on postpartum symptoms of depression and anxiety: a randomised double blind placebo controlled trial . EBioMedicine, 24, 159-165.