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Pregnancy Induces Persistent Changes in Vascular Compliance

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 03:27 am
by caryn
"Our observations of decreased mean arterial pressure and reduced arterial stiffness following pregnancy suggest a significant favorable effect of pregnancy on maternal cardiovascular remodeling. These findings may represent a mechanism by which preeclampsia risk is reduced in subsequent pregnancies."

So, this is probably why preeclampsia is mostly a disease of first pregnancies! Your arteries are changed by pregnancy - probably by persistent cells from the placenta that hang around after birth - in a way that makes later pregnancies easier. Mostly. If the placenta doesn't * off your immune system.