Scientists have discovered that part of your baby remains inside a mother for years after birth.
According to a study, which was conducted by researchers at the Arizona State University, our babies’ cells stay inside our bodies long after the pregnancy is over.
These cells can stay in your body for up to 38 years after your child is born. The phenomenon is called ‘fetomaternal microchimerism’.
“Foetal cells can act as stem cells and develop into epithelial cells, specialised heart cells, liver cells and so forth. This shows that they are very dynamic and play a huge role in the maternal body,” says researcher Amy Boddy.
“They can even migrate to the brain and differentiate into neurons. We are all chimeras.”
However in some cases, it is also possible that the cells can cause damage to the mother’s body too.
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