Due to the intimate contact between mother and newborn baby during birth, the mother has been found to be the most influential factor for seeding the gut microbiota of her newborn baby. This seeding mechanism is believed to play a critical role in the differential mother-to-baby transfer of microbiota that could contribute to the intergenerational cycle of obesity.
In recent study by Singh, Madan, Hoen and et al has explored the effect of birth mode on modifying the association of maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index and gestational weight gain with the infant gut microbiota.
Keywords: Gut Microbiota, Birth mode, maternal body weight, vaginal delivery, cesarean section
Singh, S. B., Madan, J., Coker, M., Hoen, A., Baker, E. R., Karagas, M. R., & Mueller, N. T. (2020). Does birth mode modify associations of maternal pre-pregnancy BMI and gestational weight gain with the infant gut microbiome?. International journal of obesity (2005), 44(1), 23–32. Click here.