A 33-year-old member asked:
how long after pregnancy is the immune system supressed?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Douglas McNeill answered
48 years experience Family Medicine
Continues thru preg: The immune system continues to work throughout pregnancy but the placenta provides a special separation between mother and child which works most of the time. Rarely, some of the child cells can enter the maternal circulation and cause trouble. More often, a mother's disease or immunization gives the child protection from her disease. Other changes in pregnancy improve many immune diseases.
Answered on Jul 19, 2016
Dr. Cristina Carballo answered
38 years experience Neonatology
Not immunosuppressed: There is a misconception that pregnancy causes immunosuppression when in reality there is a change in the immune system, in that it modualtes it's response dependent on the virus/bacteria. So, in reality, pregnancy does not cause immunosuppression, and after pregnancy, the body returns to it's "normal" way to react to pathogens.
Answered on Mar 7, 2020
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