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how long after pregnancy is the immune system supressed?

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Dr. Douglas McNeill
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
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Dr. Cristina Carballo
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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