We’ve written about some of the physiological changes that occur to a mother’s body during pregnancy before. If you’re considering becoming a surrogate mother, then most of these changes should come as no surprise since it’s required to have had a child before in order to qualify for surrogacy. Nonetheless, there are some fascinating things that occur to a mother’s body that might not be quite so obvious.
In just the last several years, scientific research has revealed some of these surprising changes. Today, we will explore a radical discovery that has only recently come to the surface. This discovery demonstrates that mother and child have a far deeper connection than we had ever realized. Choose the top surrogacy agency when you work with Choice Surrogacy and learn more about us today. In the meantime, let’s look at the connection between mother and child.
It wouldn’t surprise anyone to hear that mother and child are intimately bonded. After all, the survival of a developing fetus is completely contingent on the functioning of the mother’s body; it is absolutely reliant on the mother for nutrition, warmth, and more. The placenta literally connects mother and child. A placenta acts to exchange gas, waste, and, of course, nutrients. The placenta itself is an organ that is even constructed directly from the mutual cells of both mother and fetus.
Considering that mother and fetus are connected via this organ, it is unsurprising that cells from the fetus are able to migrate throughout the entire body of the mother. Even years after giving birth, the foreign cells of a child can still be found in the mother’s heart, kidneys, liver, muscle, and skin. Indeed, the presence of these cells may even provide resistance to various immune disorders, perhaps even acting to help prevent cancer.
More Connected Than We Thought
This exchange of cells is not a new discovery. We have known about the tendency for the cells of a fetus to take up residence in the mother’s organs for a while. In the last few years, however, we discovered that those cells were taking up residence in a much more surprising place: the mother’s brain.
According to research conducted in 2012, cells from other individuals have been found to exist in the brains of mothers. In some cases, these cells have been residing in the brain of the mother for many decades. The study found the presence of these cells in several regions of the brain. Interestingly, the presence of these cells was less common in women with Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting that there might be a connection between the presence of fetal cells and the prevention of certain neurological disorders.
More Than Ourselves
This is a remarkable discovery! We certainly like to think of ourselves as individuals with our own bodies and minds. The knowledge that we host the cells of other people throughout our bodies, including our brains, might be unsettling to some. But, this isn’t as uncommon as we might expect.
As mentioned, the cells from developing fetuses can migrate via the placenta to take up residence in a variety of the mother’s organs. On top of that, the mother’s cells are thought to migrate into the developing fetus and can continue to be exchanged after birth. The cells from the mother may be transferred during nursing. We have also recently discovered that there’s exchange of cells for twins in utero!
Choosing A Surrogacy Agency
In short, we are profoundly interconnected beings, even on a cellular level. We are accruing scientific evidence of our interconnections from a variety of directions. If you are wanting to experience more of this interconnectedness through a surrogacy agency, learn more about Choice Surrogacy today. We are here to assist throughout your journey.