BLOG: Science shows unborn children benefit their mothers
Jan. 12, 2012
Read Niamh Uí Bhriain's blog from the Life Institute
When I was expecting our second baby, I felt great. Minimal morning sickness, lots of energy, and so much joie de vivre it was positively annoying. Compared to the first time around it was a doddle, but, even more than that, I felt as if I was positively benefiting from carrying this little person about, kicks and aches and all.
One day my husband remarked that he had seen an article online which said that women did in fact receive 'something' from their unborn babies which might benefit their health. "It's why you live longer then us men apparently," he added. I looked up the article in the New Scientist which reported that a team at the Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston showed that fetal cells were transferred from the unborn baby which seemed to help to heal skin wounds in the mother, both during and after pregnancy. It was pretty amazing stuff.
Now, as reported last week on LifeSiteNews, these and many other amazing findings have been explored by science writer Jena Pinctott who draws on studies in biology, reproductive genetics and epigenetics and concludes that a baby's fetal cells "repair and rejuvenate moms."
She gathers the evidence in her book "Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy", and what has been revealed is simply astounding.
Eminent experts say that the fetal cells given by the baby, through the placenta, to the mother are a like a gift that can protect and help her for the rest of her life, especially if she becomes critically ill.
For example, some of the fetal cells that are passed along to the mother are stem cells - and they can then become liver cells, or brain cells or thyroid cells when they are needed to help the mother battle illness. And there seems to be no downside: this is a thank you gift, from baby to mother.
Isn't that a breathtaking revelation? Doesn't it make the wonder of life seem even more miraculous?
The synergy and incredible beauty of the exchange left me in awe at the meticulous planning of the Man Above. Truly we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
There will of course be a tiny minority of people - mostly screechy pro-aborts - who will try to reject this good news, They are the type of people that are still droning on with lame descriptions of a baby as a parasite and a burden.
They won't want to welcome any news that shows that not only is a child a gift - the child also gives a gift, and a precious one at that.
But most people will find what science has now uncovered to be absolutely mind-blowing : so let's celebrate this good news, and appreciate our babies for giving us a health boost as well as an opportunity to experience unconditional love.
Let me just add that I was sick as a dog during my subsequent pregnancies, so clearly the easy ride with the second baby was just a lucky break. But now I've got all those fetal cells to help me with problems that arise in the future. So, thanks kids.
Category | Pregnancy
Published By | Life Institute