Having a c-section is often a matter of emergency.

Once mother and baby are out of the operating room, the last thing you want to hear is that a c-section permanently impacts your baby's wellbeing. 

For some time now, the health community has been discussing the lack of diversity in the microbiome of infants born by cesarean section. 

If a baby is delivered naturally, its intestinal microbiota is already colonised by bacteria and microorganisms. Whereas if a baby is born via c-section, they are said to have gut dysbiosis, which might permanently harm microbiome development. 

Interestingly, new research has been published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe that helps us understand more about this process. 

Previously, it was believed that babies born via c-section would have an impaired immune system later in life. But the latest research paints a different picture.

One of a more steady developmental trajectory for gut ecosystem development. Rather than the microbiota being permanently impacted by a c-section, there’s a gradual maturation of the gut ecosystem. 

The good news is that once the baby reaches five years of age, their gut microbiota has largely normalised.

Bacteria and microbes in the gut are continually evolving, growing and changing. The new research sheds light on a more understandable unfolding of the internal terrain.