Women's Health

Multiple Pregnancies Linked with Early Aging in Women

Pregnancy can change your body forever but multiple pregnancies are linked with early aging in women. A new study by the researchers of the University of Pennsylvania explains that the total number of pregnancies and deliveries in a woman have a huge impact her body and physical aging.

The research team identified a number of the risk factor which may cause early aging in women. They were surprised to see that women with multiple deliveries or pregnancies aged much faster than those with one or two deliveries. However, the only limitation to this study is that these effects are recorded among post-menopause.

Talia Shirazi from Penn State is the lead author of this study. According to her, these findings clearly show that muleuple pregnancoe and deliviers changes a womn’s physciological system. There are chances that it causes early aging in women especially if they have crossed their menopausal age.

This study is published in the journal ‘Scientific Reports’.

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This early aging in women shows up along with other metabolic, endocrinological, and even immunological changes inside her body which are caused by pregnancy. Even breastfeeding takes so much of a woman’s energy and changes her body functions such as digestion and blood pressure. There are good chances that women will suffer gestational diabetes, hypertension, or even kidney issues and many other conditions as compared to other women of the same age, who didn’t have children.

There is no study on how a woman’s body manages these after-effects of pregnancy and whether or not it causes early aging. But one thing is clear that things are not as they look. There is so much going on inside a woman’s body especially when she is reproducing. Viewing it from the eye of an evolutionary angle reveals that probably these processes take so much of the body’s nutrition and energy that there is no left for its own physical maintenance, functioning, and defense.

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This study evaluated the data from 4418 women. This data was obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. It contained all the information regarding reproductive health of women, number of their pregnancies and status of their menopause.

there are many ways to mark biological aging in women and body functions such as digestion, liver function, RBC’s production, immunity, kidney function, and many others play a part in it.

Analyzing this data revealed that the number of pregnancies and early aging in women share a U-shaped relation. It means that the number of pregnancies is also a marker of early biological aging as compared to those who experienced fewer pregnancies.

This study is significant in terms of understanding women’s bodies. Mostly, pregnancies are related to emotional or physical changes in the body only. No one really talks about its long-term impacts on health especially related to aging.

The previous studies on aging report that some cellular level processes are involved in early aging. As menopausal women experience a complete hormonal shift, ut is possible for them to experience early aging too.  Hopefully, more detailed studies in understanding early aging in women can explain its link with pregnancies in detail.


Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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