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03rd Jan 2017

Turns Out Pregnancy Can Help SLOW DOWN The Ageing Process

Katie Mythen-Lynch

Did your pregnancy leave you looking younger, fresher and more beautiful? 

Sleep deprivation and hormones aside, recent research suggests that childbearing has a ‘rejuvenating’ effect on women, thanks to the sharing of nutrient-rich blood between mother and child.

Scientists in Jerusalem now believe that pregnancy could offer something of a youth serum as damaged tissue is repaired and muscle regenerated.

The team compared the recovery time of pregnant and non-pregnant mice following a liver transplant. Older non-pregnant mice had regenerated only 46 per cent of their liver after two days, while pregnant mice had regenerated 82 per cent of their liver in the same amount of time.

According to a paper published in the journal Fertility and Sterility: “As we age, it is more difficult for our tissue to regenerate itself.

“Because pregnancy is a unique biological model of a partially shared blood system, we have speculated that pregnancy would have a rejuvenating effect on the mother.”

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