Recent Blog Articles

Harvard Health Blog

Supporting your newborn’s health: Intestinal colonization after elective cesarean section

July 8, 2019


As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.

July 8, 2019

Thank you very much, great article

July 6, 2019

I’d like the data to back up this claim, “We have learned that major changes in intestinal colonization occur after elective cesarean sections (those done for the convenience of the patient or doctor), and not in medically-indicated cesarean sections (because of failed labor or other stress to the newborn).“

July 8, 2019

I agree. It seems unlikely that the reason behind the cesarean section has any impact on the intestinal colonization, since this article describes passing through the birth canal as the method of colonization.

Commenting has been closed for this post.

Free Healthbeat Signup

Get the latest in health news delivered to your inbox!

Harvard Health Publishing Logo

Thanks for visiting. Don't miss your FREE gift.

The Best Diets for Cognitive Fitness, is yours absolutely FREE when you sign up to receive Health Alerts from Harvard Medical School

Sign up to get tips for living a healthy lifestyle, with ways to fight inflammation and improve cognitive health, plus the latest advances in preventative medicine, diet and exercise, pain relief, blood pressure and cholesterol management, and more.

Harvard Health Publishing Logo

Health Alerts from Harvard Medical School

Get helpful tips and guidance for everything from fighting inflammation to finding the best diets for weight loss...from exercises to build a stronger core to advice on treating cataracts. PLUS, the latest news on medical advances and breakthroughs from Harvard Medical School experts.

BONUS! Sign up now and
get a FREE copy of the
Best Diets for Cognitive Fitness

Harvard Health Publishing Logo

Stay on top of latest health news from Harvard Medical School.

Plus, get a FREE copy of the Best Diets for Cognitive Fitness.