A potential factor that could affect a newborn’s microbial community is how they were delivered. Vaginal and C-section deliveries have shown to have different microbial communities. In fact, 64-82% of MRSA skin infections in newborns are delivered via C-section. If the mother received antibiotics during pregnancy could also affect the newborn. Studies have reported that motor skills and brain function have been comprised after pregnant mice received antibiotics.1
- Nuriel-Ohayon M, Neuman H, Omry Koren. 2016. Microbial Changes During Pregnancy, Infancy and Birth.