Weakened Immunity - A Myth?
I know the common prevailing theory is that when you are pregnant, your body's immune system is weakened so as not to attack the baby, but my guess is that the body is much more complicated than to be all or nothing with immunity.
Recently my husband got sick from some co-workers and it hasn't touched me at all. It's been over 2 weeks, so I should be showing symptoms by now.
My guess is that the body's immune system is much more complex and sophisticated than we give it credit for. It is possible that there is a part of the body that for whatever reason does not attack the baby while at the same time preserving a barrier of defenses to outside invaders.
My other guess is that the reason it seems that pregnant women are more susceptible to illness is because pregnancy is one of the most stressful events in a woman's lifetime, and stress causes a large break in the defenses, as well as taking longer to get over the illnesses that do breach the walls.
Four children. Just welcomed our newest member on 2/12!