New research has revealed that women who take probiotics in the first trimester of pregnancy and continue to do so will be less likely to need obesity treatment.
A study by a team of scientists in Finland has found that altering the bacterial make-up of the gut had the effect of addressing the problem of inflammation and reducing the likelihood of obesity.
Kirsi Laitinen, a nutritionist and senior lecturer at the University of Turku in Finland, told delegates at the European Congress on Obesity: "The results of our study, the first to demonstrate the impact of probiotics-supplemented dietary counselling on adiposity, were encouraging."
She added that women who were given probiotics in their first trimester found that twelve months after giving birth their central obesity levels were lower and body fat percentage also less than those who had not received the probiotics.
A King's College study has found that obesity in pregnant women who are expecting their first child can cause them to have an increased likelihood of complications.