Your Children on Your Mind? New Scientific Findings Suggest Why!

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I am a self-diagnosed high anxiety mother, well aware my excessive worry is needless; but I cannot control it. I have my daughter on my mind, all the time. Recent scientific findings have me convinced that, perhaps, there is reason for my worries!

In a recent article, I read that “New findings reveal that cells from fetuses can migrate into the brains of their mothers.”

In this investigation, researchers “analyzed the brains of 59 women who had died between the ages of 32 and 101. They looked for signs of male DNA, which, they reasoned, would have come from the cells of sons. (They searched for male DNA because female DNA would have been harder to distinguish from a mother’s genes.)”

And guess what? They found male fetal DNA in 37 of the 59 women! Microchimerism (the presence of cells that derived from another individual), actually occurred because of their pregnancies! The article states that “during pregnancy, mothers and fetuses often exchange cells that can apparently survive in bodies for years.”

The scientists don’t know enough about this “phenomenon” yet, only that is it possible for it to happen. Not many women were used in this study, so researchers obviously want to continue their work. The scientists are also discussing potential benefits and risks, due to this occurrence; but the point is that it’s happening! One woman, who had died at the age of 99, still had some male cells in her brain! Also, of the women who didn't have any traces of male cells in their brains, many of them had Alzheimer's disease. Isn't that interesting?

Perhaps this is why mothers have such a hard time getting their children off of their minds. Maybe this is the true reason for why we worry, needlessly. We can’t help it!! Our children have branded our brains with their fetal DNA.

What do you think about these findings? Do you constantly worry about your children too?

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Your Children on Your Mind? New Scientific Findings Suggest Why!

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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8 comments

  1. Oh yeah, and I do find this article very interesting. Who would have thunk? And the Alzheimer’s information, WOW! That’s amazing! I would love to see further research on this.

  2. I worry about my children all the time. I have to admit I am very protective and sometimes overly protective. Or so I’m told, 🙂 I think about them constantly. What are they doing? Are they okay? I wonder if they need me? I even worry about them when they’re at their father’s house. Does he have smoke alarms? Are they working? What if there’s a fire? I’m not saying that this stuff is on my mind 24/7, I’m saying it crosses my mind a few times a day. They’re my life, my blood, and I love them like nothing else in this world.

  3. Laura says:

    Very interesting…… I actually find that I have a different kind of "baby brain". I was just telling my husband how my sweet baby girl and I seem to have the same brain. Already at 1 month She makes different sounds for different needs. I was planning on using baby sign language with her but I’ve already found I don’t need to because we seem to be able to connect in a different way. These scientific findings help legitimize my findings.

  4. I am definitely a high anxiety mother. Every time we’re in the car, I worry. When she’s at daycare, I worry. I worry that I’ll be a helicopter mom and drive my daughter nuts, and I worry that I’m not giving her enough of me! Sometimes I think I’m crazy! 🙂

  5. ErinF says:

    Creepy but fascinating! I’ll be interested to follow developments in this research. I wonder what the implications are for maternal health and her bond with the child.

  6. Valerie says:

    Very interesting, While my son is always close to my mind, and heart, I wouldn’t say that I am overly worried about him, just the natural concerns that any reasonable mother would have for their baby.

  7. but i don’t suffer from this =D ‘m glad anxiety is not good

  8. my baby is always in my mind

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