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What happens to the immune system during pregnancy?

Oct 04,2017


Yella Hewings-Martin


Research puts the immune system front and center in controlling pregnancy. However, viruses and bacteria can outfox it, which sometimes leads to dire consequences. During pregnancy, the mother's immune system is in constant flux. Although it is now widely accepted that there is a finely tuned interaction between maternal and fetal cells to support a healthy pregnancy, many studies have used mouse models to investigate this - but mice are not humans.