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Gentle persuasion According to reproductive biologists at the University of Adelaide in South Australia sex even up to a full year before conception helps guard against a litany of ailments The disorders which range from infertility to high blood pressure during pregnancy all appear to be linked to the reluctance of the mothers immune system to accept the foetus and placenta Both which come with foreign protein from the father The Adelaide team found sex early and often with the intended father may help overcome that reluctance to conceive Though if the mothers immune system remains unconvinced the consequences will be dire The mother may immediately and repeatedly reject new embryos- in which case she will be infertile If the mothers immune system takes a little longer to avoid the foreign tissue she may suffer miscarriages frequently If the rejection is less severe it may only affect the placenta This can be disastrous because the placenta is the foetuses lifeline supplying it with oxygen and nutrients from the mothers blood If the placenta does not grow the mothers immune system cuts the foetuss supply line and in result the baby is born under weight or stillborn Immune rejection can even threaten the mothers life According to a controversial theory it is the mothers rejection of a placenta that causes pre-eclampsia Pre-eclampsia also called toxaemia of pregnancy is a condition in which the mothers blood pressure soars this is accompanied by protein in urine or retention of fluid in some cases triggering convulsions coma and death In this case fragments of dead placenta are swept into the mothers circulation damaging vessels and sending her blood pressure soaring Some mothers immune systems try to annihilate that developing foetus because of foreign genes and the brutish way the foetus behaves in the womb The placenta acts like a cancer and invades the wall of the uterus using a nearby artery to guarantee a
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