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Microbiome in pregnancy

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By Chad Klauser Maternal Fetal Medicine physician in NYC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/25310759/maternal-influences-on-fetal-microbial-colonization-and-immune-development
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Joann Romano-Keeler, Jörn-Hendrik Weitkamp
While critical for normal development, the exact timing of establishment of the intestinal microbiome is unknown. For example, although preterm labor and birth have been associated with bacterial colonization of the amniotic cavity and fetal membranes for many years, the prevailing dogma of a sterile intrauterine environment during normal term pregnancies has been challenged more recently. While found to be a key contributor of evolution in the animal kingdom, maternal transmission of commensal bacteria may also constitute a critical process during healthy pregnancies in humans with yet unclear developmental importance...
January 2015: Pediatric Research
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