Kellogg’s All-Bran® is honoured to be an Alliance Partner of the Royal College of Midwives. The partnership between the RCM and the Kellogg Company helps to highlight the challenge of an almost global deficiency of fibre intake during pregnancy, and the subsequent consequences of constipation and poor digestive health.
Poor digestive health is commonplace as a consequence of the hormonal changes during pregnancy. Around 40% of pregnant women experience constipation, and between 25%-35% are affected by haemorrhoids. Increasing intake of wheat bran fibre is one of the simplest and most effective natural ways to help to both prevent and relieve constipation.* In fact, this is the first line of action recommended by NICE for uncomplicated pregnancies.**
Through the partnership, we support education and resources to help benefit both RCM members and mothers to be, and communicate key messages about wheat bran fibre benefits during pregnancy and beyond.
New systematic review on the impact of cereal fibres on the gut microbiota
Fibre is recognised as a nutrient associated with regularity, but emerging science also demonstrates the importance of fibre in supporting the gut microbiota. To read the recently published systematic review, which focuses on evidence from human intervention studies regarding the effects of intact cereal fibres (found in everyday foods) on gut microbiota composition in healthy adults, see here.
New Fibre Factsheet
Emerging science shows the role of fibre as a prebiotic i.e. supporting the growth of good bacteria in the gut, in addition to the more widely positive effects on stool bulking and intestinal transit time. Prebiotics differ from probiotics. Probiotics are living bacteria in certain foods which, when consumed, pass through the digestive system into the gut. Prebiotics within fibre-rich foods 'feed' selective bacteria, which already exist in the gut, supporting the individual's health.
As a result, diets high in fibre, particularly cereal fibres including wheat bran, are thought to increase certain beneficial gut bacteria. This can produce wide ranging health benefits including; support for the immune function, reducing cholesterol and maintaining a healthy bodyweight.
A new fibre factsheet has been developed to summarise:
- Current recommendations on fibre
- Statistics on fibre consumption in the UK
- Information about fibre in pregnancy and at other life stages
- Emerging science on prebiotic potential of cereal fibre
Fibre Revisited fact sheetDownload
At Kellogg’s we are committed to working with external experts to help support the digestive health of women during pregnancy. To this end, we have supported the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) in developing an online course to help inform and educate midwives and maternity support workers around the benefits of fibre during pregnancy. This module is CPD accredited by the RCM and as our first partnership activity we are offering this to RCM members free of charge.
RCM Annual Conference
Kellogg’s All-Bran has actively supported the RCM Conference, including hosting a breakfast session by Angie Jefferson, registered dietitian and consultant nutritionist. The ‘Keeping Regular in Pregnancy’ presentation highlighted the common digestive health issues in pregnancy and outlined the current recommendations and NICE guidance in this area. Angie also delivered practical advice on how these recommendations can be integrated into practice.
The presentation slides can be downloaded here.
Other resources available to RCM members
An independent review of the benefits of wheat bran during pregnancy; written by Registered Dietitian, Angie Jefferson. Download your copy below.
Pregnancy Fibre PosterDownload
A concise fact sheet on ‘Dietary Fibre in Pregnancy’. Download your copy below.
Fibre for Pregnancy - Kellogg's Fact SheetDownload
For more information on wheat bran and pregnancy (plus other health benefits) visit our dedicated health care professional website.
For product information and recipe ideas, go to: www.allbran.co.uk.
*10g of wheat bran fibre per day helps reduce digestive transit time. All-Bran contains 11g wheat bran fibre per serving. Enjoy as part of a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
** NICE (2016) Antenatal care for uncomplicated pregnancies