For 100+ years, it was taught in medical schools that mother’s womb is sterile. And hence no microbes in womb.
But, for last decade or so, this dogma is broken. Medical science has started observing microbes in womb.
In Ayurveda, we see body as 5 layers. One of them is प्राण. Without प्राण, cells are dead. In womb, rigorous and chaotic but planned growth events take place. These microbes are nothing but manifestation of प्राण, mother’s प्राण. And our body is not mere organized cells (organs) but unorganized communities i.e. microbes. All are manifested based on प्राण. (Y)
Better late than never. Dogmas are breaking and realities are re-surfacing.
Babies in the Womb Aren’t So Sterile After All
In one of the reviews published in the journal, researchers investigate the growing data that supports this theory, as well as ideas about where the bacteria found in the fetus’ surroundings might come from. So far, it’s possible that bacteria from the mother’s mouth might travel through the blood stream and reach the developing baby in utero through the placenta. Or, certain microbes might travel from the mother’s vagina into the womb.
That means that the mother’s health — and the microbes she may harbor — may matter even more than we thought for baby’s development and health, including the types of diseases the baby might be vulnerable to later in life. “It indicates that in some infants, seeding of the gut microbiome begins in utero and can be influenced by the health and diet of the mother during pregnancy,” says the study’s lead author Anita Kozyrskyj, from the University of Alberta. Other studies have found, for example, that mothers who are overweight have different types of bacteria in their gut than those who are normal weight during pregnancy, and an expectant mom’s dental health could also have an effect on her baby’s microbiome and later health.
What exactly does this mean? Ultimately, the mother’s health and her microbes might have far greater influence on the baby’s health and development, including vulnerability to disease, than we previously thought. One researcher thinks it might indicate that establishment of the baby’s microbiome begins in utero and can be influenced by the health and diet of the mother during pregnancy. Other studies have found that overweight mothers have different types of bacteria in their gut than those of normal weight mothers, and an expectant mom’s dental health could also have an effect on her baby’s microbiome and later health.
And so प्राणवर्धक संस्कार(s), local Ayurveda based food regimes play important role!!