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Probiotics linked to fewer birth complications.


Dairy-based probiotic consumption by primiparous women associated with lowered risk of preeclampsia. A Norwegian study analyzed data from 33,399 women who participated in the Norwegian Mother Child Cohort Study from the years 2002- 2008. The intake of milk-based products containing probiotic lactobacilli was estimated from a self-reported food frequency questionnaire. Preeclampsia diagnoses were obtained from the Norwegian Medical Birth Registry. The findings suggested that regular consumption of of milk-based probiotics could result in reduced risk for preeclampsia. The association was greatest for cases with severe preeclampsia. With probiotic intakes divided into categories representing no, monthly, weekly, or daily intake, a lower risk for preeclampsia (all subtypes) was observed for daily probiotic intake (OR = 0.80, 95% CI: 0.66, 0.96). Lower risks for severe preeclampsia were observed for weekly (OR = 0.75, 95% CI: 0.57, 0.98) and daily (OR = 0.61, 95% CI: 0.43, 0.89) intakes. Results showed that daily intake of probiotics was associated with a 20% reduced risk of preeclampsia.

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