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The organ that protects moms & babies in the womb

A group of scientists has determined that when a woman becomes pregnant, there is an organ in her body that focuses on protecting both the mom and the baby during pregnancy. The researchers suggested doctors should focus on this organ to ensure its working properly during pregnancies.

Study Find reports:

VIENNA, Austria — A “forgotten organ” may hold the key to protecting the health of women and their unborn babies during pregnancy. This revelation comes as an international team of scientists say they’ve solved one of the immune system’s greatest mysteries. Their study shows that making sure the thymus, a small gland behind the sternum, is firing on all cylinders can prevent miscarriages and diabetes in pregnant women.

According to the Mayo Clinic, between 10 and 20 percent of all pregnancies end in a miscarriage.

Researchers say female sex hormones instruct the thymus to produce specialized cells called “Tregs” in order to tackle physiological changes during pregnancy. For Tregs to do their job however, a receptor called RANK, must be present. This special receptor is located in a region of the thymus called the epithelium.[…]

“The thymus changes massively during pregnancy and how such rewiring of an entire tissue contributes to a healthy pregnancy has been one of the remaining mysteries of immunology,” Prof. Penninger explains.

READ: Scientists find ‘forgotten’ organ that protects women and unborn babies during pregnancy

It may be a mystery, but God explained it a few thousand years ago. This is how God designed the human body.

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. (Psalms 149:13-15)

And of course, this is not the only thing that happens. As the baby is forming in the mother’s womb, stems cells are used during creation. But the amazing stem cells are also used for healing and if the mother starts having heart problems during pregnancy, the baby donates stem cells to heal mom’s heart.

The New Scientist explains:

Why wait to be born to develop a healing hand? Mouse fetuses will give up stem cells to repair their mother’s heart. The discovery could explain why half the women who develop heart weakness during or just after pregnancy recover spontaneously.

Hina Chaudhry of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City mated normal female mice with males genetically engineered to produce a green-fluorescing protein in all their body cells. Half the resulting fetuses also produced the protein, making it easy to spot any fetal tissue in the mother.

Though the article tries to put an evolutionary spin on this, it again speaks of how God masterfully designed the human body.

READ: Fetus donates stem cells to heal mother’s heart:

And after the baby is born, the mother’s body is flooded with unused stem cells to heal the mom’s body after birth. Researchers have found baby’s stem cells still circulating in the mother’s blood 27 years after birth. READ: Male fetal progenitor cells persist in maternal blood for as long as 27 years postpartum

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