Info & Benefits of Probiotics ~ Courtesy of CredibleCravings


Info & Benefits of Probiotics

If you are like me, you have heard of probiotics, but may not know everything about them. I know they are good for you, but to what extent, I don’t know. While at Expo West last month, I met up with Stephanie from CredibleCravings. This company has created organic whole food bars, jammed pack with nutrients for moms. These bars were created for women, specifically for before, during, and after pregnancy. These bars can be eaten by anyone, but they contain specific ingredients for women who are expecting and breastfeeding.



CredibleCravings’ mission is to educate the community about the importance of good perinatal nutrition, to provide healthy, natural products that promote the health of mom and baby, and to inspire a healthful community who shares in their passion to promote the wholesome well-being of their future. In my conversations with Stephanie we started talking about probiotics and why they are in their bars. In order to educate women and those that are interested in learning more about probiotics, I am going to share info created by CredibleCravings.




What are probiotics and why did we include them in our bars?


Probiotics are live, “good” bacteria that populate the gut and provide health benefits to our bodies. As humans, we share our bodies with trillions of bacteria that are introduced to our digestive system in utero. Believe it or not, this is a good thing! Healthy bacteria work together with our body to support our own immune system, help our bodies digest and utilize nutrients and even protect us from harmful, disease-producing bacteria1.


Our goal at CredibleCravings is to help mothers create a nourishing environment for a growing baby by maintaining optimal health during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Backed up by evidence from a number of studies, we feel that the addition of a probiotic during this time will help meet this goal. The added stress on the body during pregnancy can alter the balance of healthy bacteria in the gut, which can have negative health consequences on the body. As a result, we feel that supporting women with probiotics during pregnancy and breastfeeding is an important step towards enhancing the health of not only the mother, but also her growing baby2. Refer to the studies section for more detailed information on the health benefits of probiotics during pregnancy and breastfeeding!



What probiotic is included in our CredibleCravings bar?


We specifically chose to include GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) in our bars due to its U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status and safety and efficacy proven in seventeen peer-reviewed studies3-5. GanedenBC30 has many properties that make it an ideal choice for incorporating into food products. A protective shield around its genetic core allows it to survive against rigorous manufacturing processes and acidity from the stomach and also retain its activity without refrigeration. In sticking with our all natural product, Ganeden BC30 is also lactose-free, kosher, and a non-GMO probiotic ingredient5.


What is the probiotic dosage in our CredibleCravings bar and can I take supplemental probiotics in addition to your bar?


Each CredibleCravings bar contains 1 billion CFU of Bacillus coagulans. Studies have shown that GanedenBC30 is safe for chronic consumption at up to 93.8 billion CFU per day3. So, do not be afraid to consume more than one CredibleCravings bar per day in case your cravings get the best of you! GanedenBC30 is also safe to take with other supplemental strains of probiotics. In fact, we encourage the addition of probiotic food sources to your diet such as kefir, sauerkraut, or yogurt.



What is the research saying about probiotics during pregnancy and breastfeeding?


Probiotics can have protective effects on pregnancy complications.

Pregnancy is associated with an increase in pro-inflammatory markers, which can result in a number of pregnancy complications. This includes pre-eclampsia, which is a condition associated with high blood pressure during pregnancy, and gestational diabetes. Large observational studies and randomized control trials (RCTs) have shown that probiotics can reduce the incidence of pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes, likely as a result of reducing inflammation associated with pregnancy2.


Probiotics used during pregnancy and breastfeeding can reduce the incidence of childhood eczema.

In a RCT of 415 pregnant women in Norway, probiotic use starting at 36 weeks gestation and continuing until 3 months after birth reduced the incidence of eczema by 40% in children at 2 years of age6. This was the first study that showed preventative effects when the mother alone was given probiotics vs. giving the probiotic directly to the infant. Another study from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology showed similar results of with significant reductions of eczema in infants whose mothers supplemented with probiotics during the last 2 months of pregnancy and the first 2 months of breastfeeding7. This study included only mothers with a history of allergic disease and or atopic sensitization and found no adverse effects related to the use of probiotics7. While neither of these studies showed a significant reduction in asthma or allergies, ongoing trials with longer probiotic use during pregnancy are currently underway to hopefully shed more light on these potential benefits.



Maternal diet can affect the immune system of the growing baby.

Research is providing exciting new information on probiotic use during pregnancy and breastfeeding and its effects on the immune system of the growing baby! Current studies suggest that your gut bacterial makeup early in life can affect your health later in life by influencing the development of your gastrointestinal tract (GI) lining8. New findings have also found that bacterial growth in the GI tract may start earlier than originally thought! Previous thought was that growing babies were introduced to bacteria during birth; however, recent studies have demonstrated that a growing baby is populated with their mother’s gastrointestinal bacteria in the womb8. The importance of this finding was highlighted in a recent study that found bacteria in the womb are affecting a growing baby’s immune system gene expression and that immune function can be altered by maternal dietary habits1. This means that a growing baby’s immune system may be positively affected by the mother’s diet, including the use of probiotics9!


Probiotics can improve the immune function of mom.

Probiotics and healthy gut flora can help train your immune system to defend against harmful bacteria. In vitro studies on bacillus coagulans: GBI-30, (the probiotic found our CredibleCravings bar!), show that components of bacillus coagulans: GBI-30 possess the ability to change your immune function via anti-inflammatory effects. This information shows the ability of bacillus coagulans to support the immune system and sparks future inquiry on how these anti-inflammatory effects might help treat inflammatory conditions such as irritable bowel disease (IBS)10.


~ Rebecca Hodgson, PharmD


1. Rautava, S, et al. Probiotics modulate host-­‐microbe interaction in the placenta and fetal gut: A randomized, double-­‐blind, placebo-­‐controlled trial. Neonatology. 2012;102:178-­‐184.
2. Lindsay KL, et al. Probiotics in pregnancy and maternal outcomes: A systemic review. J Matern Fetal Nenatal Med. 2013. Early Online: 1-­‐7.
3. Endres, JR, et al. One-­‐year chronic oral toxicity with combined reproduction toxicity study of a novel probiotic, Bacillus coagulans, as a food ingredient. Food and Chem Toxicol. 2011;49(5):1174-­‐1182.
4. Endres, JR, et al. Safety assessment of a proprietary preparation of a novel Probiotic, Bacillus coagulans, as a food ingredient. Food Chem Toxicol. 2009;47(6):1231-­‐1238.
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6. Dotterud, CK, et al. Probiotics in pregnant women to prevent allergic disease: A randomized, double-­‐blind trial. BJD. 2010;163:616-­‐623.
7. Rautava, S, et al. Maternal probiotic supplementation during pregnancy and breast-­‐feeding reduces the risk of eczema in the infant. J Allery Clin Immunol. 2012;130(6):1355-­‐60.
8. Thum, C, et al. Can nutritional modulation of maternal intestinal microbiota influence the development of the infact gastrointestinal tract? J. Nutr. 2012;142(11):1921-­‐8.
9. Jenmalm, MC, et al. Timing of allergy-­‐preventive and immunomodulatory dietary interventions-­‐are prenatal, perinatal, or postnatal strategies optimal? 2013;43(3):273-­‐8.
10. Jensen, GS, et al. GanedenBC30 cell wall and metabolites: Anti-­‐inflammatory and immune modulating effects in vitro. BMC Immunology. 2010;11:15.



I wish I had had this information when I was pregnant. I plan on increasing my intake of probiotics in my general diet. If you are interested in learning more, check out CredibleCravings. I will be doing a review and giveaway later this month. If you have any questions for CredibleCravings, feel free to leave them in the comments and I will pass them onto the nutritionists behind CredibleCravings.


Did you learn something new? Do you take probiotics?


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Birth Relaxation Kit ~ Hypnobirthing


Birth. It is a most sacred event in a woman’s life. A right to passage to motherhood. Whether you birth at home or in a hospital, your body presents your long awaited gift…one that you’ve nurtured diligently. If there is one thing we can all agree on, all women labor differently and there are options to birth as compatibly as every laboring mom needs.


Hypnobirthing is one option that’s gentle and natural. Hypnobirthing is a childbirth method that applies techniques to induce deep relaxation, visualization and self-hypnosis. Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of unconsciousness or sleep, but can be best described as daydream or focus that occurs when you’re performing mundane tasks, such as staring into a fire in a fireplace.

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Peppy Parents Baby Jogger Summit X3 {Giveaway} Ends 4/20




This is a great giveaway from Peppy Parents with an easy way to enter! Peppy Parents asked me to help promote this giveaway and by you entering through my link can help me win too!!!



Enter HERE to win a 2013 Baby Jogger X3 Summit!!!


Ends 4/20/2013

Good Luck!

Woolino Baby Sleep {Giveaway Event} 2 Winners! #woolinobaby Ends 4/23



Do you ever wish there was material for baby wear that would keep baby dry, warm in cold weather, cool in hot weather, naturally breathable, without chemicals, and easy to care for? I’m here to tell you that merino wool is all of the above! It’s really a miracle material that’s perfect year round for everyone, but especially for kids. As the weather turns warmer, this sleep sack and sleep bag will keep your baby cool and will provide the perfect amount of warmth through the night.


Woolino merino baby sleep sacks have a host of amazing features. It is perfect at home or on the go and fits into a compact pouch. Strategically placed snaps make the size adjustable and diaper changes easy. Your baby will be comfortable in a Woolino 4 Season baby sleeping bag in temperatures ranging from 63 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. It comes with a travel bag, room thermometer, and it is in a plastic-free, ready-to-gift package!


The merino baby swaddle blanket and hat are great for those first three months before your baby fits into a merino baby sleep bag. Babies have a limited ability to regulate their own body temperature, the merino wool swaddle will keep your baby comfortable and snug from birth.


Our Favorite Features of Woolino Merino Wool: 

  • Naturally anti-microbial, anti-fungal
  • Naturally fire resistant without the use of harsh chemicals
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Sustainable, 100% natural Australian merino wool
  • Machine washable
  • Super soft on baby’s skin


Our Favorite Features of the Woolino Baby and Toddler Sleep Sacks

  • Available in two sizes, 3 to 24 months and 2T to 4T
  • Seat belt slot for easy transfer from car to crib
  • GOTS certified organic cotton outer


Our Favorite Features of the Woolino Newborn Swaddle/Blanket: 

  • Large square size, 90 by 90 cm
  • Comes with matching newborn hat and swaddling instructions
  • Naturally stretchier, easier to wrap, and stays in place
  • Unlike shaped swaddles that are quickly outgrown, the wrap can be used as a stroller blanket, in the car, as a nursing cover, sun shade, etc.


Purchase: The 2013 Collection Woolino 4 Season Baby Sleep Bags retail for $119 (baby) to $139 (toddler) each, you can purchase it on the Woolino website. The swaddle set retails for $69. The Woolino products are also available on  and select retailers across U.S. and Canada.

Win One! Woolino is blessing one of you with a 2013 Collection Woolino 4 Season Baby Sleep Bag in your choice of size/color AND another winner will receive the Newborn Swaddle Set.


Special thanks to AnaB Social for hosting this giveaway. Huge thanks to all participating bloggers as well! Giveaway ends April 23rd at  11:59 pm, open to U.S. and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!

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Organic Boba Carrier {Giveaway} 2 Chances to win! Ends 3/15




Hosted by: Four Littles Media, My Four Littles, and Everything Mommyhood

Sponsored by: Boba Family


Every mom should have a baby carrier! Babywearing is convenient and makes everyday tasks easier! Carriers are especially useful when shopping because it is very dangerous to put a car seat on top of a shopping cart and hard to fill the cart if the car seat is inside the shopping cart! There are many carriers to choose from, but today you have a chance to win a Boba Carrier!


Visit My Four Littles for the Boba Organic Carrier Review.


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Gator Mommy Reviews, Boys Oh Boys, The Crazy Coupon Mommy,

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One winner will receive a baby carrier from Boba Carriers.

US Only. All entries will be verified before winner is notified.

Giveaway ends March 16th at 12:00am.

Good Luck!

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Fall in Love with Fluff {Giveaway Hop} #fluffylove Ends 3/14



Welcome to the Fall In Love With Fluff Giveaway, hosted by the GreenPath Baby Cloth Diapering Store, GreenPath Baby Blog and Happy Mothering.


We have come together to help mommas fall in love with cloth diapers! Follow all of the blogs on this hop for multiple chances to win over $270 worth of your favorite cloth diapers and accessories!  If you have never cloth diapered before, here is a chance for you to win a whole stash and fall in love with cloth diapers! See what everyone is talking about and how great it is to do something healthy and positive for your baby and for the environment!


At Brittleby’s Corner you have a chance to win a cloth diaper friendly Laundry Powder and a set of 3 Wool Dryer Balls from Molly’s Suds.

Sponsor Spotlight


Molly's Suds Natural Laundry Products ~ Laundry Powder and Wool Dryer Balls


 ***Use code “Corner15” for 15% off your total purchase at Molly’s Suds!***


Enter on the rafflecopter form below for your chance to win Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder & a set of 3 Wool Dryer Balls. This prize pack is valued at $41. This giveaway is open to US only and will end on 3/14. Don’t forget to enter all the other giveaways listed on the linky below. Good Luck!

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Molly’s Suds All Natural Laundry Products

 Product was sent to me in order to post my honest opinion.


Doing the laundry is not a task I look forward to! With a family of four, it seems that we rack up a lot of dirty laundry. I can’t imagine what it looks like with families with more than two kids! Anyways, there is no getting out of doing laundry, so I choose to find the best detergent. In my quest to live a greener lifestyle, I prefer to use detergent with few, yet effective ingredients.



Molly’s Suds, a mom owned company, has created all natural laundry products. I feel like I am on the same journey as Monica and her family. She one day realized that buying just organic produce was not the answer. Chemicals are apparent in every cleaner and bath & body product. Upon this realization, Monica decided to create her own laundry detergent since it is used by everyone on a daily basis. If you have a moment read the “Our Story” section of the website to learn more about Monica’s journey.


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Thanks Mama Onya Baby Carrier & $50 GC {Giveaway} #thanksmama Ends 3/12



It is amazing how popular babywearing has become today and rightfully so. It keeps everyone happy – baby, mom, siblings. The convenience of having your hands free and your baby content makes the daily tasks of mothering much more manageable. We are excited to have partnered with Thanks Mama to give away the Onya Baby Carrier to one reader so that you and your little one can savor the joy and convenience of babywearing as well! In addition you will get $50 to spend on anything you please – cloth diapers, potty training pants, wooden toys, bedding, baby care items, or nursing essentials, to name a few.


I loved babywearing my little ones! Slings and carriers are getting cuter and more efficient as time goes on! If I have another baby, I will be babywearing all the time!


Thanks Mama online baby store features a selection of twelve baby carrier brands, among them the versatile Onya Baby Carrier. The unique feature that we love is that it doubles as a baby carrier and a baby seat for when you are out and about. It comes in beautiful, modern colors and two different materials. The soft cotton is suitable for most situations and climates and the rip-stop nylon with mesh lining is perfect for hot weather, hiking, and active outdoor enthusiasts.


Our Favorite Features of the Onya Baby Carrier: 
  • Can be used as a baby carrier and chair harness, perfect for travel
  • Padding at the leg openings for baby’s comfort
  • Can be worn on the front or back
  • Attached sleeping hood that can be tucked away
  • Available in either soft cotton or rip-stop nylon depending on your lifestyle and needs
  • Fits babies from 15 to 45 pounds


Our Favorite Features of the Thanks Mama Store: 
  • Large selection of 28 brands of cloth diapers
  • Over 15 options of reusable potty training pants
  • Eco-friendly and non-toxic baby care solutions
  • Classic and modern wooden toys
  • Non-toxic mattresses for the whole family
  • Eco-friendly furniture for baby and kids made of rubberwood
  • Free shipping on all U.S. orders over $60 and Worldwide shipping rates available
  • Earn rewards dollars with every purchase
Purchase: You can purchase the Onya Baby Carrierat Thanks Mama. Use code CARRIER for 15% off!


Win It! Thanks Mama is generously giving away the Onya Baby Carrier (winner’s choice based on availability) and a $50 gift card to Thanks Mama store to one winner!


Special thanks to AnaB Social for hosting this giveaway. Huge thanks to Thanks Mama and all participating bloggers as well! Giveaway ends March 13th at 12:01 am, open WORLDWIDE, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!

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Sopora Perfect Crib Mattress $320 {Giveaway Event} CLOSED



Babies spend such a huge part of their day sleeping, shouldn’t the surface they sleep on be safe for them? Unfortunately most conventional mattresses are loaded with toxic fire retardants and other chemicals, especially those that are imported, according to this test by Chicago Tribune. Thankfully there are many safer options, including the line of U.S. made non-toxic crib mattresses from Sopora.


Normally the caveat with Eco-friendly mattresses is that they are expensive, especially those that are made in the USA. Now, a safe sleeping surface is affordable with Sopora, the prices start at just $167 for a ! Why buy a conventional, imported mattress when you can get one for a comparable price that’s made right in the U.S. and will let you sleep easy knowing your baby is safe?


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SanDisk ~ Baby Photography Tips {Video}


Memories are captured in pictures. Every family vacation, every birthday, and every school field trip can be forever saved and remembered through photos. I personally cherish all the photos taken when my kids were babies! They truly do grow up so fast! For the first year of both my babies lives, my husband and I made it a point to document every month. I am so glad we committed to doing that because now I have a ton of pictures. SanDisk is committed to helping you capture photos of your baby.



Photographer, author and educator Erin Manning provides her Top 3 Tips for capturing better baby photos. Erin gives you advice on setting the scene and getting close to the baby for those perfect images, as well as using a SanDisk Ultra SDHC card to make sure she never misses a shot.

Watch the video below to learn how you can take better pictures of your baby. These pictures will last forever, even when your baby grows up and becomes a big kid! Great pictures can proudly be displayed throughout your house and passed out to family and friends. Learn how to take your own photos with these three simple tips and you will get quality “studio” photos of your little one.



Do you love taking pictures of your growing babies?


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