I’ll confess something that people would likely judge me for being a mother of four children with a 13-14 year age gap in between. The first two boys have a different father from the last two children I had. I knew blending families would be complicated, but what I never considered was the fact that having a son with a different man could have been the death of me.
I was in the hospital in fear of my life when I was told that my near blindless and sky-high blood pressure was being caused by preeclampsia. The night nurse who helped me that night asked me a strange question “Do all your children have the same dad?” I told her no, and she mumbled something about a study on preeclampsia that showed women giving birth to sons from different fathers were at higher risk. Later in life, I decided to research why.
The term she did not use was microchimerism, which is defined as the presence of two completely different DNA cells in the same person. Women who get preeclampsia in pregnancy have been found to carry a certain antigen in their bodies, called H-Y, and this leads to a type of autoimmune disorder or reaction when exposed to a foreign DNA cell from a different male.
What’s really interesting though is that the first tests on microchimerism were conducted on female rats, and even though there are a lot of liberal sites that claim these studies are false, there are more than 6 scientific journals from around the country that have performed their own studies on the matter coming up with similar conclusive findings.
Women who have had more than one sexual partner, and even females born to a mom who had a male child prior to her birth, can potentially carry the H-Y antigen which shows a DNA change in her body. This means that any time a woman’s body is exposed to the DNA of any male at any time, let’s even include this in situations of rape, may have her life altered in a long term way. Female children who are rape survivors of rape could become at higher risk for miscarriage, complications in pregnancy, and the impact on future health is a valid concern.