Holy Hormones Journal: Dr. Kelly Brogan has written a fabulous article on the now known dangers of taking antibiotics during pregnancy. I have followed her for many years and as I have watched her develop her thoughts and views – I am also so very pleased that she is tying them into the spiritual aspect of women’s health – and our Herstory of sacredness. You can see that by the meme she she chose and the quote by our great feminist spiritual sister, Vicki Noble.
But back to the article. We need to realize that what we intake – especially drugs (including vaccines), synthetic hormones, pesticides, affects our health and the health of our children. We have to understand that what we take during pregnancy gets into the bloodstream and directly affects the health of the unborn child.
Broad spectrum antibiotics during pregnancy affect gene expression in the genital tract of the fetus and the ensuing pathologies are now linked to:
- atopic diseases
- irritable bowel syndrome
- inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- type 1 diabetes
While we are on the subject – I want to bring up the Zika virus – that is headlining the news – creating another annual fear pandemic (yes, I did write annual) and the need for another vaccine – as in the Ebola scare and the rush to create a vaccine a couple of years ago. Their is a relatively new kid on the block, The Outliers, – a web site that you need to page attention to for the quality of research and material that is being written. They have related the microcephaly (shrunken brains in newborns) to the Tdap vaccine mandated for pregnant women in Brazil this past October.
Antibiotics During Pregnancy: Let’s Revisit
Antibiotics and the management of pregnancy and birth
“They told me I’ll need IV antibiotics because I had GBS my last pregnancy.”
I could feel Catherine’s confusion as it swirled with her near desperate desire to be cared for by a trusted authority – her obstetrician. Many women, even most, have been stripped of their compass. They feel they need to rely on standards, protocols, and doctors in their masculine energy to navigate their bodies. They have been led to believe that the body is a machine that requires external tinkering, rejiggering, and management to function lest it malfunction unpredictably.
I did my best to focus on the energetic opening she was presenting, and to share with her the truth. The truth, Catherine, is that we are waking up to the failures of a crumbling paradigm. We are seeing now, as if remembering, that a woman’s body is not a minefield of danger, that birth is a purposeful event and a mystical initiation into consciousness, and that the germs we thought were so bad and lethal have been completely misunderstood and miscast.
It’s a lot to take in.
It’s particularly difficult to take in when this awareness comes with a nest of logistical thorns for a hospital-based birth. How do you refuse antibiotics during pregnancy? Can you?
Hospital-based germ warfare
In the hospital, germs are the enemy and antibiotics are the front line offensive. Despite the dawning of the microbial age – the one wherein we understand that healthy micro-ecology is immunity – hospital standards continue to operate under this antiquated perspective. It’s this ideology we have to thank for hospital-based infections facilitated by a bleach, sterilize, and sanitize ethos, for antibiotic-resistance, and for the literal contamination of the guts of babies born there.
In a paradigm-shifting study, babies born in the hospital were more likely to develop eczema, food allergies, and asthma than those born at home because of colonization by Clostridium difficile. The babies born surgically, in this cohort, were opportunistically colonized by non-maternal skin flora.
This wouldn’t be such a big deal if we weren’t discovering that the gut microbiome – established during pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding – is the very seat of human health. And that health begins at the beginning, with infant gut flora diversity.
Given this, it would seem like a particularly dreadful thing to do to give a woman antibiotics at the very time when her gut bugs were being delivered to her baby, and when her baby’s tender gastrointestinal tract was just trying to find its way.