Having a Baby Can Heal Your Heart...
...Literally! As many of us who have yearned for motherhood during times of infertility know, gaining a child is an emotionally and spiritually healing experience beyond description. Becoming a mother fulfills a heart yearning ... heals that empty child-shaped space. It is a gift, a blessing, a challenge and weighty responsibility. And now, research shows that having a baby can physically heal a damaged heart.
Fetal cells can persist in a mother's body (in up to 75% of women) for up to 50 years after she gives birth; those cells can have a positive physiological effect, including the potential to repair damaged maternal tissue. A study published this year in the Circulation Research journal indicated that the fetal cells left within mom can differentiate into various types of heart cells, actually repairing mom's heart damage.
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