Much has been made about that "pregnancy glow" that mamas-to-be wear all over their bodies—from shiny hair to strong nails to great skin, plus even an excited extra spring in their steps.
Now, there's new evidence to suggest that pregnancy may actually keep a woman young in more ways than just those cosmetic ones. Turns out, being pregnant can actually have fountain-of-youth-like effect for expecting mamas' body tissues!
New research published in the journal Fertility and Sterility shows that pregnancy can help women repair damaged tissue in their bodies, which becomes more of a challenge for people as they age. Apparently it's the blood sharing between baby and mom-to-be that helps this faster tissue regeneration happen.
MRI scans showed differences in parts of livers that had been transplanted into groups of mice who were both pregnant and not. The study, done at Hebrew University's Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, showed that young mice regrew the tissue quickly, while the older ones took much longer. But when an older mouse was pregnant, she regrew that liver tissue at rate more than twice as fast as she otherwise would have. The paper called it a "rejuvenating effect" of pregnancy.
Just one more reason for expecting mamas to feel like superheroes for the amazing feats their bodies perform!
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