Mother's Health, Stem Cells, Genetic Chimerism, Henna Art, and Exercise

I don't really want to make a bunch of posts about pregnancy as this is not a pregnancy blog, but I have learned some fascinating health information because of itand had to write about it.

 

I looked at some research about fetomaternal transfer. It says that it is likely that stem cells are transferred to mothers in all pregnancies and that these cells can cause mothers to become genetic chimeras and affect the mother’s body for decades. However, it is easier to detect stem cells from a male child than it is from a female child. These stem cells (CD34+) can help heal injuries in the mother’s bones, the brain, and other major organs. Other studies have suggested that they may increase the risk of autoimmune disease later in life. I think it would be interesting to see how these integrated stem cells might affect people in the evolutionary sense. In another words, will one pregnancy affect a second pregnancy because of the mother’s genetic chimerism? I wish we knew more about how these cells affect the mother's organs and metabolic pathways.

 

Sources:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/babys-cells-can-manipulate-moms-body-decades-180956493/?no-ist

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2633676/

 

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=199045

 

I got pregnancy henna on my belly. It's made of strawberry-like plant paste, is non-toxic, and safe for pregant women, and represents light, the sun, and a little boy!

 

 

I've also learned that a woman's body changes, structurally, while she is pregnant. Her hips rotate outwards to make room for the baby. She will experience Diastasis recti (spreading of the abdominal muscles) to at least some extent, and she must be careful of joint injury before and for a little while after pregnancy because her joints become more flexible to prepare for delivery. 

 

Excellent exercises to engage in during pregnancy are swimming and prenatal yoga as they are easy on the joints and help the mother to be exercise safely while pregnant. If improper exercises are done pregnant ladies can tear their abdominal muscles, worsening Diastasis recti, experience joint pain and injury, or endanger the pregnancy if she takes a fall. A pregnant woman also needs to drink significantly more water than someone who is not pregnant for her and the baby's health. That is why I am doing prenatal yoga exercises, swimming and drinking plenty of water.

 

After giving birth, health experts recommend that the mother do her best to get sleep when she can. She should also try to get plenty of sleep and rest if she is tired and dizzy during pregnancy as well. She would need about 3 months to fully heal after giving birth and longer if she had to have a C-section done. Then, she can go to a physical therapist and be given specific post-natal exercises to do in order to help her hips rotate back inwards and fix Diastasis recti in a safe, effective way while she gets her strength back.

 

Other health issues that a pregnant mother may face can be gestational diabetes (low blood sugar), dizziness (I had this during the first tri-mester, but it went away.), and low blood platelet count (I had this for a short time, but it went away.) which can cause excessive blood loss during labor and delivery. 

 

For some of these things, her doctor may need to prescribe medications, a blood transfusion, or recommend dietary changes. It is also recommended that all pregnant women take a prenatal vitamin that contains folic acid and Omega-3 fatty acids to prevent things such as Spina bifida, neurological disorders, and aids in brain and nerve development. I have been taking a prenatal vitamin prescribed specifically to me by my doctor that contains these nutrients along with some others that I needed, especially while my blood platelet count was too low and I was feeling dizzy.

 

Even though I am only half way through my pregnancy and had some morning sickness during my first tri-mester, I think that pregnancy is an amazing thing. Pregnancy is not only about having babies, but also building strong women who believe in themselves. I am also finding all of this stuff that I'm learning about health and having children to be amazing! I can't wait to start taking all of the classes that my husband and I have signed up for at the hospital available to first time parents. I want to learn as much as I can about the latest research regarding the subject of labor and newborn infant care. My sweet husband has been so loving and supportive too. He will make an excellent father and I love him. We can't wait to meet our baby boy. :)

 

 

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Comments (12)

  1. tulakrystal

    Look at my awesome pregnancy belly!

    August 29, 2016
  2. Nightbane

    Lawsonia inermis: it grows in the toes of the Atlas Mountains, amongst other places. Mendhi is an acncient art employing that good plant. Henna is alsoa popular and entirely natural hair colour used since time out of mind, better than chemical dyes because it is transparent and delivers colour has all the subtle differences in hue s is natural to virgin hair. nodamge, no stink, just add hot water to consistency of half set pudding, part of hair and apply to succesive parts with broad spatula. use goves or hands will be stained for days, cuticles for weeks and nails until they grow out! For more intense colour, begin with tablespoon or so of white vinegar, lemon juice, tea, any acidic liquid of some natural making and add water thereafter to make consitency. Some liquids give different colour cast, investigate a little or simply have fun experimenting. if one dunt like the result, can be removed by warm mineral oil saturated in hair and left for about twenty minutes, wash as usual. Alternatively, colour correct with another layer of glorious healthy shine and weight. Must be touched up at same interval as chemical colout HOWEVER, one needent fuss with doing only roots and then trying to comg enough colour over the rest of the hair after some time passes, one may apply whole head. No peroxide, no chmemicals, NO DAMAGE!
    any natural shade can be made, one can even achieve black by first using indigo in the same manner, rise, apply clasic red henna over it. Henna DOES NOT come in black natuallay though it can be very light or dark depending on the level of Lawsones ( the stuff makes colour in it, much as chlorophyll make grasses green ) cannot reach black. if one sees balck henna, read label carefully. it should list indigo, if it dunt, is suspect as having a very dangerous sort of chemical can burn and even kill, ofte makes those suffering it ill for years.

    August 29, 2016
    1. tulakrystal

      Thanks for the info. This Henna isn’t actually black, though it probably looks that way in this picture. The paste was a dark red color and was thick. I got this art done at a workshop especially for pregnant women.

      August 29, 2016
      1. Nightbane

        Not quite black but very dark, will likely have had neem oil mixed with it to darken and reduce fading. Is a lovely design and with propitious intent, I think, for you and your unborn. somewhere in th back of me head I hear Aaaaauuuummmmmmmmmmmm……

        August 30, 2016
        1. tulakrystal

          Ok. I think it is probably alright, though. I doubt that a certified henna artist doing henna art for a room full of pregnant women who was recommended by people who specialize in pregnancy related relaxation workshops would have used something that could be toxic for the unborn baby. She’d probably lose her license for something like that. She also assured all of us that the ingredients used to make her paste, which was thick, were not harmful to pregnant women and unborn children. I didn’t go to just any workshop or place to get that art done too. I asked around about it first. This artist at that workshop is known for being reliable. I do my best to try and look out for things that might cause harm to the baby. My doctor had given me a list of things to avoid and I’d asked her about it too. I was told it was fine and that it could be a beneficial workshop to attend. Many other women had attended workshops like this one before. Mostly they found it to be relaxing. Thank you for your concern, though. I know that you know a lot about henna and that I am relatively new to it even if I seem to know a good few people who are very interested in it.

          August 30, 2016
          1. Nightbane

            no, not suggestingaught untoward,. i get a bit pendatic and was prattling about things to beware when enjoying henna art at home . is simple and beautiful and you wear it to pefection

            August 30, 2016
            1. tulakrystal

              I still thank you for your advice and comments. You always seem very knowledgeable and kind.

              August 30, 2016
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        1. tulakrystal

          I don’t remember exactly. This picture was taken a few weeks ago. I got the artist’s card. She said we could call her with any questions or concerns that we may have had, but I wasn’t going to do any more henna art for a while even though I thought that the workshop was nice. I thought that I might go for a pregnancy back or foot massage instead. I’ve heard that those are very beneficial as well since the baby puts pressure on the sciatic nerve and the ankles often swell.

          August 30, 2016
          1. Nightbane

            Also compresses the bladder, dammit. massage and jacuzzi unit ofr a deep tub work wonders or so I’d observed over…too many decades, I’m sure.

            August 30, 2016
            1. tulakrystal

              Lol, yes. It does make one have to use the restroom a lot.

              August 30, 2016
  3. shadowstarz

    You definitely have that gorgeous pregnancy glow going on ! Its been so long since I’ve had a ‘bump’ and you’ll miss it for a little while but nothing comes even remotely close to holding your newborn once he arrives. I remember watching each of mine sleep contently, and thinking how miraculous it was to create life. Blessings to each of you !

    August 31, 2016
    1. tulakrystal

      Thank you. I was hoping that I’d get that glowing look instead of just feeling morning sickness. It seems to be true and the morning sickness went away.

      August 31, 2016