Changes to a C-section Baby Nobody Tells You About – Nutrition Tip ❤️

Changes to a C-section Baby Nobody Tells You About – Nutrition Tip ❤️

Hi I’m Christian Bates I’m an osteopath and a naturopath, and the author of Calming Colic – How to Help the 10 Causes of Colic. Tthere’s a really good bit of research that I want to talk through on this video,
and it’s about epigenetics and cesarean sections. Now, as usual, it gives fantastic information but it doesn’t really translate it into
anything that’s overly useful for a mother, a pregnant mother, a breastfeeding mother, a new mother, so what I want to do is kind of unravel it and maybe list some
tips on how it can actually help with the health of your child. So, what
they found was, the babies who had the c-section had epigenetic changes in
their cells, and they took babies from normal deliveries, and babies with c-section deliveries. They had a look at their DNA and found more of these epigenetic changes in the
c-section babies. What does that mean? They didn’t explain what epigenetics is,
so it’s of no use to the mother whatsoever, really. Epigenetics means “epi” above, and
genetics is genetics, so above genetics. But why this is of so much
interest to us is that it means is that this is a very new discovery and lots of
nutrition, and it’s based around this now. It’s that we can actually change our genes, our DNA from our parents we can alter with good nutrition or poor nutrition. So, for
example, you might have both parents have some sorts of disease and you think your
DNA would then have that disease pattern in it. However, if you were to live a good
life-style and eat well, you can actually start switching these genes off,
but if you had a bad lifestyle – smoking, drinking and things like this, and you can actually uncover those parts of the DNA and then that disease will present itself. So, good and bad, but really the good news is with a good
lifestyle, a good diet, good nutrition and things, you can actually start to switch
off these genes. So what they found was that these babies that had c-sections
had these epigenetic changes in their DNA. Lots of them are based on the
immune system, so what they were finding was that the immune system of these
c-section babies possibly wouldn’t be as good as the babies born with a vagina
delivery. Now, so that’s what epigenetics are. Methylation, this other word here, that is how you can change your epigenetics by adding in good
methylation. So, good methylation is healthy, and this requires good
nutrition, so there’s folic acids and B vitamins and some other nutrients that give good methylation. Now, this was a really nice study on mice
called Agouti mice, and what happened was these mice, in their
genetics, they are all obese and have a greater chance of having diabetes. That
is in their genetics. That happens, but what they did was they fed the mum, while pregnant
these methylation factors, so they gave her the B vitamins and folic acid. The
baby mice were then actually born slim, with less chance of diabetes, and
actually had a different colour fur. And if you search for Agouti mice you will
see that in Google on the internet. But, what it showed was, if the mother ate well
and they supplemented with these methyl factors, the actual genetics of the baby
changed. So, here’s the good news, which the study again didn’t show, is that the
whole point of epigenetics is that you change the genes. The study showed that
there was a detrimental change in the genes because of c-section, but we know
from a nutritional point of view that you can change it for your benefit by
having good nutrition. So, as a mother you may know you’re having a c-section but
most people almost probably don’t know. But if you were to have eaten very
well and maybe taking a supplement that gave you these methylation factors, whilst you’re pregnant, then you will be giving yourself the best chance and your baby the best chance of being healthy. So, even if these epigenetic changes
happened because of a c-section, you’ve actually given yourself and your baby such good nutrition that you can probably flip that and have a healthy
baby or maybe calmness now. Now, this isn’t part of the research. This is me kind of translating it for you and putting a positive spin on this research
that shows maybe a slightly negative factor to having a c-section. But really,
when you’re in there, you’re having your baby, the team comes in and says really we need a c-section, you’re not really at that point gonna go: “oh no, I won’t do that
because of the epigenetic changes that my baby is going to have from a
c-section…” You are, of course, going to have a c-section going by the recommendation of the team that’s looking after you. But the back-up can be that you’ve eaten well
and supplemented it with a pre-natal supplement whilst pregnant. This also
goes then, once you’ve had your baby, perhaps you’ve had the c-section and now
you’re breastfeeding the baby, you must keep the great nutrition for yourself,
probably carry on taking a multi for breastfeeding, or one that’s made for pre-
and post-natal and breastfeeding. Carry on doing that. Give your baby optimum
nutrition through your breast milk. Maybe, then hopefully start to undo these epigenetic changes from the c-section. I hope that’s clear. I’m going to post a video up. I’ll probably do some notes. to see if I can clarify this a bit more
because it’s quite in-depth. But basically, in summary what it boils down to is eat well whilst you’re pregnant. Eat well whilst you’re breastfeeding and probably take a really high-quality nutritional supplement, and
I’ve mentioned a few in the Calming Colic book. Thank you very much!


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