Pregnancy Makes Your Heart Healthier Photo: Erin McFarland Photography
Sure, you have to deal with swollen ankles and stretch marks, but at least you’ll have a healthier heart. A new study at the University of California, San Diego suggests that pregnancy makes you less prone to heart disease. According to Reuters the study, which began in the mid-1980s, involved 1,300 women who were in their early 70s. Over 19 years, the participants went in for regular checkups and completed annual questionnaires.
It was found that 55 percent of the women died of various causes and half of the deaths were due to heart-related problems like heart attacks and strokes. Women who had been pregnant four times were 35 percent less likely to die of heart or vascular disease and 50 percent less likely to die of a stroke than women who had never been pregnant. Experts believe that women who had been pregnant multiple times produced more estrogen, which can have benefits for heart health. Also, having more grown children for support can reduce the risk of death caused by heart problems.
Researchers warn that it might not apply to all women since the participants in the study had long life spans, were wealthy and had access to health care. Also, they believe that being fertile can be a sign of good health in general.
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