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Pregnancy suppresses the immune system's infection-fighting white blood cells to keep the body from rejecting a fetus as foreign cells. "Changes to your natural immunity start as early as the first trimester and last as long as six weeks postpartum," explains Brenna Anderson, M.D., director of the Reproductive Infectious Diseases Consultative Service at Women & Infants Hospital and the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island. Post-pregnancy sleep deprivation only makes moms more vulnerable. Strengthen your defenses against colds, flu, and other bodily invaders with these tricks for feeling your best.
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