Here are three health benefits of pregnancy that may or may not surprise you.
Eating disorders can go into remission
While not every woman that has an eating disorder will cease their behavior, an astonishing 58% of women who suffer from bulimia saw either a whole or partial remission of their disorder.
Growing a child inside you has the ability to affect a woman’s psyche and their self-worth. Some pregnant women with eating disorders immediately shift their focus off of themselves and onto that of their unborn child, thus helping them to overcome their eating disorder for the time being – and sometimes altogether.
Way to go, ladies.
Pregnancy can help your marriage and make you happier
While this isn’t always true since it can also break up some marriages, for those marriages where both parties want a child, then pregnancy is a great time to work on your marriage, each other, and to get ready to bring this child into the world together as a couple.
Plus you’ll both be happier within your marriage if you’re happy with each other. This happiness is good for all involved – from lowering blood pressure to raising self-esteem, emotionally healthy marriages and couples are healthier overall.
And happiness and contentment within the environment that your baby will be born into, means the world to the new baby that gets to enter into all the love.
Autoimmune diseases can improve
Your autoimmune system is responsible for such diseases as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis.
During pregnancy, the mother’s immune system needs to back down a bit and develop a tolerance as to not attack the growing fetus. Therefore, the above diseases also tend to go into partial (and in some cases, total) remission while you’re pregnant since your immune system is put on somewhat of a vacation during your pregnancy.
→ The above examples aren’t true for every pregnant woman and shouldn’t be taken as sound medical advice.
→ Always listen and seek the advice of your doctor during all aspects of your pregnancy.
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