Candida and Pregnancy
Candida and Pregnancy have an intertwined relationship, as is typical of every aspect of the body. Their connection is easily seen via the impact of candida on the body’s bacterial flora and the impact of the bacterial flora on pregnancy. We have seen over 58 women, who were previously diagnosed as infertile, become pregnant while doing the Plan. We’ve learned first-hand how restoring balance to the bacterial flora of the body can have a major impact on pregnancy and beyond.
Research from 2012 demonstrates how the intestinal flora, or gut microbiota, plays a regulatory role in creating a healthy pregnancy. “The composition of microbes in the gut changes dramatically during pregnancy, according to a study published by Cell Press in the August 3rd issue of the journal Cell. Although these changes are associated with metabolic disease under most circumstances, they could be beneficial in pregnant women. “This is the first in-depth characterization of the gut microbiota associated with pregnancy,” says senior study author Ruth Ley of Cornell University. “The findings suggest that our bodies have coevolved with the microbiota and may actually be using them as a tool — to help alter the mother’s metabolism to support the growth of the fetus.”
The impact of antibiotics on the microbes in the gut is tremendous as a 5 to 7 day course of antibiotics will wipe out all of the bacteria in the body. It can take 9 months or more for the bacteria to recolonize the gut, but some strains never come back. This results in a permanent and lasting change to the bacterial flora and as science shows, can impact the fertility of men and women. New research also shows that changes in the mother’s bacterial flora induced by antibiotics can impact the baby’s nervous system and may be related to conditions such as ADD, ADHD, Austism, etc. “This was really dramatic,” says Ginhoux. “We never thought that a fetus, which is inside a mother, would be affected by her lack of a microbiome. We had previously believed that the brain of a fetus is a closed system, not subject to perturbations, and that it was only when the fetus goes out of the womb, that the environment can influence it.”
The role of antibiotics in creating many of the imbalances that lead to infertility is not information that you’ll find being promoted by the medical field. Their effect is felt throughout the body, affecting men and women. Initial studies have shown that antibiotics may also affect male fertility.
In 2004, researchers from Serbia found that, “The consequence of fungal infections, such as colpitis and endometritis, caused by Candida albicans, may be infertility. Also, according to some reports, C. albicans leads to decreased spermatozoan motility. Candida’s effects on the body are caused by the high levels of inflammation created by fungal candida. Inflammation is the strongest link between candida and pregnancy.
Another effect of alteration in the bacterial flora of the body are miscarriages. I have also seen a very low rate of miscarriages in women doing the Plan. The rate of miscarriages commonly cited in the U.S. is about 15%-20%, with one study citing as much as 31%. Of the 56+ infertile women doing the Plan, only one had a miscarriage, and she subsequently went on to have healthy twins. That represents a miscarriage rate of approximately 3%, a significant decrease.
Preterm births and low birth weight are other effects related to bacterial flora imbalances and fungal candida. In both instances, it is antibiotic use which creates this issue.
Reverse the Effects of Antibiotics
Reversing the effects of antibiotics can help to better ensure not only a full-term pregnancy, but healthier outcomes in both the mother and child. Tampering with the bacterial flora of the body can have an impact on health that may not show up for decades. As some researchers have stated, placing the microbiome at risk is akin to placing human survival at risk. Nothing damages the microbiome as readily and easily as antibiotics and fungal candida magnifies these affects through the many ways it influences the same microbiome.
The Plan has helped tens of thousands of people over the past 29 years. It is the reversal of “functional infertility” which has provided the greatest joy for us, not to mention how it has changed the lives of many couples! Most owmen who have done the Plan during their pregnancy have commented on how they rarely felt like they were pregnant. As this mom said, “I just wanted to let you know how amazing I feel! I continued on with the candida cleanse throughout my pregnancy and it has been great! The baby is very healthy and I rarely ever even feel pregnant. It has been very smooth.”
As a father of twins, I have a deep and profound appreciation of the gift that all children are.
Jeff McCombs, DC
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Dr. Jeffrey S. McCombs, DC, is founder of the McCombs Center for Health, the Candida Plan, the Candida Library, and author of Lifeforce, The Everything Candida Book, and The Everything Guide to Autoimmune Diets. Check out our podcast, “The Candida Chronicles” on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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