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‘Do you know the challenge your immune system has to overcome during pregnancy? Do you want to know how your baby is under constant threat from your immune system? Do you want to find out how truly amazing your immune system really is?

Then look no further!

This short book begins by explaining the problem faced by your immune system during your pregnancy, before discussing a number of possible solutions, including the effect pregnancy hormones may have on your immune cells. Using simple language with no confusing scientific or medical terms, you can understand how your immune system copes with the presence of foreign molecules throughout your pregnancy without attacking your baby. Read on to discover what goes on in your body during pregnancy ‘underneath the surface’.’

Contents
Pregnancy – what’s the problem?
Foetal food – a risky business
Solutions to the problem of pregnancy
Solution 1 – The ever-changing face of MHC molecules
Solution 2 – Immune messengers and how they help during pregnancy
Solution 3 – Specialised cells of the immune system during pregnancy
Solution 4 – Hormones during pregnancy and the immune system
Other undiscovered mechanisms?
Conclusion

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Shara has been active in the scientific community for over 30 years. She started as a member of the British Association of Young Scientists at the age of 15, obtained her first science degree at 21 and her Immunology PhD at 25. She has been a research scientist and lecturer in prestigious institutions around the world [including Addenbrookes' Hospital (Cambridge), The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology (London), The Mount Sinai Hospital (New York) and The Royal Postgraduate Medical School (London)]. Shara left mainstream in 2001 research to follow her passion of science communication and established Euroscicon Ltd in 2001 and Mums in Science in 2005

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