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When gestational diabetes harms the placental microbiota

A pregnancy complicated by an excessively high blood sugar level is the fate of a growing number of expecting mothers… and their unborn babies. A study exposed the harmful consequences of this condition on the bacteria of the placenta, where the first flora of our life is thought to develop. &nbs...

Maternal obesity and pregnancy: a risk for the mother and the child

According to a recent study, unborn babies might form their intestinal flora in their mother’s wombs and inherit the same metabolic tendencies.   Excess weight is a danger to the mother herself, but is also a threat to the fetus: the intestinal bacteria produce less folate, this famous vi...

Genesis of intestinal flora in babies: where are we now?

Does microbial colonization begin in utero? A review published in the journal Nature summarizes the history of research and opinions on a controversial subject which has not yet yielded all its secrets.   Experts have long considered the uterus to be a completely sterile environment. This...
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Women and their microbiota

Recent scientific publications have provided new data on the involvement of the vaginal microbiota in certain women’s predisposition to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), conception, healthy babies, and the postpartum onset of precancerous lesions in HIV-positive women.   For example...
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