As The Ribbon Box CEO and founder, and mother of three – with twins on the way – (yep, phew!), Eloise is all about optimising for healthy pregnancy.
Going into her final round of IVF in summer 2023, Eloise took a good look at her vaginal microbiome, using the Invivo® Vaginal EcologiX™ test, which provides cutting-edge insight into your unique vaginal health and microbiome profile.
We wrote up her experience and results here – skip back to check if you’re in IVF prep or testing mode – and did some 101 coverage on the importance of optimising vaginal microbiome for fertility and IVF outcomes.
Me & my microbes
Fast-forward from IVF, Eloise is pregnant with twins and fully focused – alongside steering The Ribbon Box and and looking after three young children – on goals for a healthy pregnancy and birth in the spring.
And it’s these factors which drive her keen interest in building and maintaining a healthy microbiome during pregnancy. Eloise says,
“Running a business, working pretty long hours and parenting three young children whilst pregnant with twins is exactly why I need to get my microbiome in ship-shape order.
Stress has a proven impact on our microbiome, and I’m conscious too that my own microbial health can have a huge impact on my babies’ health, both in-utero and throughout their lives.
Plus, it’s very possible I’ll give birth via c-section, in which case they may miss out on some of the amazing microbiome passed from mother to baby during vaginal birth. So I want to do everything possible now in pregnancy, to support my babies’ own microbiome.”
For deep understanding of her microbiome profile, and the supplements to support it pre, during and after pregnancy, Eloise’s trusted go-to is Invivo Healthcare. Picking back up where testing left off, we asked for their 101 – what can we do to optimise newborn microbiome, during pregnancy?
We caught up with Debbie Cotton, Head of Clinical Innovation at Invivo, for cutting-edge insight across gut health in pregnancy, plus tips and strategies to get newborn microbiome off to a roaring start.
Over to Debbie.