Grayson's Cells are Being Deposited All Over My Body
I never knew how intense pregnancy was as an experience until now. I'm amazed at the way my body has changed and how instinctual everything is becoming...it's like I'm on autopilot and if I just relax and listen it all comes to me.
Yesterday, I was surfing around and came across an article in Scientific American on microchimerism. As it turns out, right now Grayson and I are sharing cells across my placenta. His Y chromosome cells are being deposited in all my major organs including my brain. That's why pregnancy can prevent cancer and tumor growth (my immune cells have been triggered by microchimerism and kill those cancer cells on the spot).
And it doesn't stop in utero. Microchimerism continues after he's born and across generations:
"There is also evidence that cells may be transferred from mother to infant through nursing. In addition to exchange between mother and fetus, there may be exchange of cells between twins in utero, and there is also the possibility that cells from an older sibling residing in the mother may find their way back across the placenta to a younger sibling during the latter’s gestation. Women may have microchimeric cells both from their mother as well as from their own pregnancies, and there is even evidence for competition between cells from grandmother and infant within the mother."
There's so much we don't know about women's bodies, pregnancy and birth. I can't hold back - women are fucking amazing and once we get that and support their choices the world is going to take off.
Every day it becomes more and more clear: women are the answer.