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Associate Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Investigator With FaSTER
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Baylor College of Medicine
Aagaard showed data suggesting the microbiome of neonatal meconium varies according to the mother's diet during gestation-namely,
The Barcelona Debates on the Human Microbiome. From Microbes to Medicines | BÂ·DEBATE
Further, a high-fat diet in the mothers was also significantly associated with fewer numbers of bacteroides microbes in the infants' microbiome both in samples taken shortly after birth and at four to six weeks of age.
Bacteroides are involved in breaking down and extracting energy from certain carbohydrates.
As a consequence of depletion of bacteroides, these carbohydrates could become unusable to the infant or other microbes.
A persistent reduction of bacteroides species in the infant gut could thus have significant consequences on energy extraction from food and developing immunity, the researchers said.
"The study speculates that there may be a sound argument to also discuss and estimate fat intake," Aagaard added, suggesting an increase in the need for dietary recommendations during pregnancy.
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