Just One Thing – Post Natal Gut Health
As a clinical psychologist, I’ve followed with interest the recent news that depression, anxiety and other mood problems might be linked to gut health. So I was very happy to find Dr Megan Rossi, aka The Gut Health Doctor who frequently discusses the link between gut health and mood.
“Could there be a role for gut health in postnatal depression? New research says YES!
What did they do: They randomised 423 pregnant women to receive either a probiotic (L.rhamnosus HN001) or a placebo (fake supplement) every day throughout pregnancy and until bub was 6months.
What did they find: Compared to placebo, mothers who were in the probiotic group had a significant reduction in both depression and anxiety scores.
What does this mean: Although there was no difference in mothers meeting the threshold for a diagnosis of depression, only 15% vs. 30% (placebo) reached the cut off for anxiety.
TAKE HOME: Although convincing this is certainly not conclusive as only a single study. BUT it does highlight that mums’ gut health shouldn’t be overlooked.
Bring on a confirmation study!”
Read the original research here