Can you turn on your baby’s better genes during pregnancy?

baby dnaWe are all born with a full complement of genes, half from our father and half from our mother.  Hundreds or thousands of these genes are responsible for activities like physical growth, intellectual development and the emotional characteristics that define us as individuals.  There are duplicates of many of these genes in the DNA contained in our cells.  Depending on which are turned on, growth can be accelerated or decelerated.  The rate of growth can affect all organs including the skeletal system, the brain and the internal organs like the heart and pancreas.

We know from research that if a pregnant mother is under stress she sends signals to her unborn child that life is going to be tough and maybe food will be in short supply so growth should be conserved.   A baby born under those conditions may be smaller than predicted than had the pregnancy occurred during ideal conditions.  You may be asking who did this kind of research.  Who would deliberately stress young women while pregnant?  It happened in World War II in Europe, specifically in Holland when the Nazis tried to starve the population.  Babies born to mothers during the occupation of 1944 were smaller, less intelligent, had shorter lives, more illnesses and diseases, and earned less while employed than babies conceived in 1945 after the war ended.  This became a very famous study that is still going on today because the children born in 1944 are 69 years old and many are still alive.

Since then, over 6000 scientific studies have been performed in the field of epigenetics, the science of turning on and off genes.  We know for instance that if you take folate (vitamin B9) found in your prenatal vitamins you reduce your baby’s risk of spina bifida, poor language development and maybe even autism.  This happens because folate helps turn off your baby’s genes at the right time during your pregnancy.  It is not just folate that helps.  Eating adequate amounts of whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables, and getting proper amounts of sleep and exercise can keep your stress level minimal and allow your baby to develop normally and to greatest potential.

This is the idea behind babyQ.  We want to provide you a simple little formula that all young mothers can easily achieve, to ensure that your baby reaches maximum potential in all areas of emotional, physical and intellectual development.


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