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From conception to two years old: the importance of the first 1000 days

These 1000 days correspond to 9 months of pregnancy followed by the first two years of the child's life. This "window of sensitivity" is crucial for the current health of the pregnant woman and the future health of the child.

These 1000 days correspond to the 9 months of pregnancy followed by the first two years of the child's life. This “window of sensitivity” is crucial for the current health of the pregnant woman and the future health of the child. Because of this, it plays an important role in disease prevention. From planning a pregnancy and throughout the perinatal and breast-feeding periods, various factors affect the health of the mother and infant.

The status of key micronutrients, such as omega-3 DHA, B group vitamins, iodine, magnesium and iron, plays a role in the correct development of the fœtus and newborn baby and has impacts on the mother’s physical and mental health. If dietary changes fail to correct any deficiencies, food supplements can be recommended as soon as a couple starts to plan a pregnancy.

Balanced microbiota - for both the mother and child.

A baby's intestinal ecosystem comes to life the instant the baby is born. Its subsequent development depends on various factors, such as delivery method, diet, living environment and any antibiotics taken.

Delivery method

The microbiota of a child delivered vaginally is primarily made up of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli, whereas the microbiota of a child born by caesarian section has a weak population of bifidobacteria. This difference may have an impact on the future health of the child.

Diet

Breast-feeding also promotes the development of the child’s microbiota.
Maternal milk contains specific prebiotics, called HMOs, which encourage the growth of bifidobacteria. Many of these HMOs are 2’FL, which have numerous beneficial effects on the microbiota and on immune system development. Studies have shown that giving a 2’FL supplement to non-breast-fed infants reduces the number of chest infections they catch.

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