Having a child enriches your life on so many levels, but recent research has shed new light on the amazing changes it can have on your body.
A new study has revealed that being pregnant has a “rejuvenating effect”, acting like a ‘youth serum’ for expectant mums.
This interesting new finding was published in an article for the health journal Fertility and Sterility, based on the findings of MRI scans carried out on parts of livers transplanted into pregnant and non-pregnant mice.
The major finding of the research, carried out at Hebrew University’s Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, was that the sharing of blood between a mother and her baby appears to help the mother repair damaged tissue in the body more easily.
The basis for the study is the fact that, as you get older, it becomes more difficult for your body to repair damaged tissue. In their experiment, researchers found that older pregnant mice were able to regrow 96% of their liver tissue in two days – twice the normal rate in comparison to when they were not expecting.
The report put the findings down to the “unique biological model” of the shared blood system during pregnancy.