You are more linked to your little one than you realise.
In fact, scientists have discovered that a small part of your baby literally remains inside you for a very long time after you give birth.
According to a study, which was conducted by researchers at the Arizona State University, our babies’ cells stay inside our bodies long after the pregnancy is over.
Our baby’s cells heal us
These cells can stay in your body for up to 38 years after your child is born and the good news is, it makes you stronger. The phenomenon is called ‘fetomaternal microchimerism’.
And these cells don’t just stay in the uterus, they actually migrate around the body, and can even end up in our brain, livers and lungs.
Foetal cells provide many benefits to mums, as they migrate to damaged tissue and repair it.
Their presence in wounds—including caesarean incisions—may point to their active participation in helping in the healing process.
“Foetal cells can act as stem cells and develop into epithelial cells, specialised heart cells, liver cells and so forth. This shows that they are very dynamic and play a huge role in the maternal body,” says researcher Amy Boddy.
“They can even migrate to the brain and differentiate into neurons. We are all chimeras.”
But these cells can also weaken our immune system
However, it is also possible that the mixture of blood and cells between mum and baby can cause damage to the body too.
Diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and some thyroid conditions – occur when the body’s immune system begins attacking the body, as if it were a foreign invader.
And while experts don’t understand what causes these disorders, they have found they are several times more common in women than men, and often develop during a woman’s childbearing years.
Scientists say more research into these foetal cells needs to be conducted in the future to find out more about what they can do.
How fascinating! Our bodies are truly remarkable. And in a way, it’s kind of comforting to know that we are physically connected to our little ones for such a long time.
The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie
Have you tried our Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie? Here’s how it can help with a happy, healthy pregnancy!
- HEALTHY INCREASED CALORIES – Additional nutrients and calories are needed in pregnancy to support the mum and the baby – and the smoothie is a convenient and tasty way to increase your calories in pregnancy whilst nourishing your body.
- MORNING SICKNESS – If you are suffering from morning sickness and find eating food difficult – the smoothie is a great way to nourish your body with a easy to drink smoothie- it also contains ginger.
- TIREDNESS – If you are feeling exhausted, the smoothie is a nutrient dense snack high in protein, B vitamins and low constipation iron to help keep energy levels up.
- CONVENIENT- if you are struggling to find the time or energy to eat nutrient dense and healthy foods then the smoothie will be a great help. You could also have it as a quick breakfast by adding fruit, oats and vegetables to your smoothie to further increase calories.
- PROTEIN & CALCIUM – It is ideal as a high-protein, high-calcium snack in pregnancy with each smoothie giving you 30% of your protein needs
Key nutrients needed for pregnancy
The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie provides a Good Source of Vitamins & Minerals – providing extra nutrition, including protein, vitamins & minerals for expectant mums
- Folate – contributes to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy. Consumption of at least 400mcg† per day, at least one month before & three months following conception may reduce the risk of fetal neural tube defects
- Vitamin B12 – necessary for normal cell division, neurological structure & function, & contributes to normal blood formation, which are important processes during pregnancy
- Calcium – necessary for normal teeth, bone structure, important for baby’s development
- Iodine, Phosphorous, Vitamin D & Vitamin B12 – contribute to normal growth & development, including that of the baby
- Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folate & Iron– contributes to the reduction of tiredness & fatigue, symptoms often experienced by expectant mums
- Protein – necessary for tissue building & repair, normal growth & development of bone & contributes to the growth of muscle mass
- Probiotics – contribute to gastrointestinal health & the maintenance of beneficial gastrointestinal microflora, which can benefit pregnant women
- Fibre – aids in regular bowel motions, which can become irregular during pregnancy.
You can download the Pregnancy Smoothie Label here.