Motherhood Is Amazing – But You May Not Know About This Surprising Benefit

Motherhood is a profound joy.  But let’s face it, we often feel tired and stressed-out.  And moms with multiple children are perhaps even more sleep-deprived and generally run down.

There are a million responsibilities and often the last person we take care of is ourselves.  We may neglect our physical and mental health because we are juggling so many other things.

But in recent decades, researchers and physicians have been studying the benefits of childbearing on a woman’s body, especially in mothers with multiple children – and the conclusions they reached are probably the opposite of what you would think.

Parents.com reported on recent studies on women’s health and childbearing:

The first study looked at how quickly a woman’s body ages. While one might guess the more babies she has, the faster her body, ahem, matures.  Perhaps that’s just how we feel, and not based in reality! In fact, research out of Simon Fraser University suggests a correlation between the rate at which cells age and having more surviving children.

The telomeres (the protective tips at the end of each DNA strand) of 75 women…were examined at two points over 13 years. What researchers found surprised them: Moms with more children had longer telomeres, which is associated with longevity. “The slower pace of telomere shortening found in the study participants who have more children…may be attributed to the dramatic increase in estrogen, a hormone produced during pregnancy,” lead researcher Pablo Nepomnaschy explains. “Estrogen functions as a potent antioxidant that protects cells against telomere shortening.”

In addition to the link between telomeres and longevity, research has also shown the remarkable ability of our unborn children to protect our health in another way. Much has been discovered in recent decades about this amazing phenomenon and the benefits of having multiple children.

Our unborn children actually shed cells within our bodies during pregnancy, and those cells stay with us for a lifetime, offering protection from disease. Our babies’ cells have even been found to migrate within our bodies towards a point of injury, increasing healing.

Lifesite News reported:

Women with six or more children were found to be 40 percent less likely to die during the 16-year follow-up period than women with no children, an expectancy that increased predictably with each child they bore. Researchers said that, although it was not known exactly why children increased life expectancy, the results corresponded to the findings of studies in other countries as well.

Scientists in recent decades have shed light on the healing properties of pregnancy, particularly fetal cell microchimerism, a phenomenon that has been shown to provide unique health benefits to a mother thanks to her unborn child.

Moms know they are forever intimately connected to their children, but these studies show just how remarkable our bodies are, and how precious the gift of life is.

As one may expect with this correlation, it has also been shown that moms of twins or multiples in a single pregnancy will experience increased microchimerism, and with it, increased health benefits for mom.

Obviously, excess stress can still be damaging to our health, but there is definitive proof of increased longevity when we have children.  One of the most solid connections between childbearing and a mother’s health is in the decrease of female cancers.

Today’s Parent reported:

Recent studies report that pregnancy may be an effective protector against breast and ovarian cancers. The more pregnancies you go through — and the younger you start having babies — the greater the effect.

In addition, some research has found that breastfeeding for more than three months can also lower your risk of certain cancers. One hypothesis, based on the fact that ovulation ceases during the nine months of pregnancy, suggests that women who ovulate less are less likely to develop breast or ovarian cancer. Another more complicated theory suggests that breast tissue that never goes through pregnancy may be more prone to cancer.

And another, more indirect link has been made between motherhood and health.  We tend to take good care of ourselves while pregnant and nursing, and often the healthy habits we adopt during that time stick with us.  Once we become moms, we are often less likely to excessively  consume alcohol, smoke, or eat poorly.  After all, we want to be the best moms we can to our little ones.

So the next time you are stressed-out and sleep-deprived, remember your little ones are benefiting your health and longevity!

What are your thoughts on the amazing results of these studies?  Leave us your comments.

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