• will my child be athletic
    Kids
    Will My Child Be Athletic? A Genetic Explanation
    Watching your child grow up comes with the joys of seeing their looks and personality develop over time, as well as their skills (or lack thereof). If you are athletically inclined, it’s quite possible your child will also be an athlete, too. B...
    Jacqueline Weiss
  • couple talking to obgyn about carrier screening tests
    Pregnancy
    5 Reasons to Get Carrier Screening Tests When TTC
    If you have the time to be informed about your body, your expectations, and your options before pregnancy, would you? Well, great news! There are genetic screenings you can request when you decide you are ready to start #ttc. With recent, “at ...
    HeHe Stewart
  • Eye color genetic chart
    Genetics and Pregnancy
    What Color Will My Baby's Eyes Be? A Genetic Explanation
    */ Genes come in pairs, and each gene in a pair may differ slightly. One gene may be dominant, and override the other gene, which is recessive. A recessive gene only has an effect if both genes in a pair are recessive. An example is eye color. A...
  • pregnant woman with mother and grandmother
    Pregnancy
    Will My Pregnancy Be Like My Mom's?
    If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that pregnancy is pretty unpredictable. However, it doesn’t have to be nine months filled with unanswered questions and wondering what fate has in store for you. It can feel like grasping at st...
    HeHe Stewart
  • red hair baby girl
    Pregnancy
    What Are the Chances My Baby Will Have Red Hair? A Genetic Explanation
    Wondering if your baby could be a redhead? Red hair is the rarest natural hair color in the world. Just 1-2% of all humans have red or orange hair. However, in Ireland and Scotland, about 20% of the population are redheads.  Could your little o...
    Elisa Cinelli
  • pregnant mom and toddler son
    Pregnancy
    Should I Take An At-Home Genetics Test During Pregnancy?
    If you are currently pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, you might know the term “genetic testing,” in which you undergo some medical tests to better understand your genetic health history that may or may not impact your child’s healt...
    Rachel Sokol
  • traits babies can inherit from mother
    Pregnancy
    8 Traits Babies Inherit From Their Mother
    Your baby can inherit a lot more than just hair color and physical features from its parents. As you await the arrival of your new baby, you’ll probably wonder not only what they will look like, but how they’ll act, talk, walk, and more. Tha...
    Jacqueline Weiss
  • mom holding baby with dimples
    Pregnancy
    Will My Baby Have Dimples? A Genetic Explanation
    Baby cheeks are so sweet, pudgy, and pinchable. Pair those with adorable dimples and giggles and you have a baby akin to a kewpie doll.  Dimples are often seen as a desirable characteristic because they light up a face, even through smudged, te...
    Miranda Altice
  • couple at prenatal genetics counseling session
    Pregnancy
    How to Prepare for a Prenatal Genetic Counseling Session
    Learning you are pregnant can be one of the most exciting times in your life. There is so much to think about, from wondering what gender the baby will be to daydreaming about how she will look on her first day of school. Pregnancy can also intr...
    Miranda Altice
  • twin babies in hospital
    Pregnancy
    Do Twins Run in Families? A Genetic Explanation
    Have you ever wondered if twins really do run in families or not? Or ponder what your chances are of birthing twins? I have twin friends and twin cousins, and even though I do NOT have twin kids, I have always been fascinated by multiple births a...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Family Genetics and Your Baby
    Genetics and Pregnancy
    The Role of Genes and Inheritance
    Genes are located on rodlike structures called chromosomes that are found in the nucleus of every cell in the body. Each gene occupies a specific position on a chromosome. Because genes provide instructions for making proteins, and proteins deter...
  • relaxing with dog
    Family Life
    How Your Genes Can Influence Whether You’ll Be A Dog Person
    A recent study published by a team of Swedish and British scientists at Uppsala University suggests that becoming a dog owner is heavily influenced by an individual’s genetic structure and make-up. More: An Age-by-Age Guide to Explaining the D...
    Jacqueline Weiss
  • mom with freckles with baby
    Pregnancy
    Will My Baby Have Freckles?
    What is a freckle and how do you get them? Ephelides, also known as freckles, are clusters of skin cells that have browned due to high exposure to sun and results in overproduction of melanin. They are appear most commonly on humans with lighter...
    HeHe Stewart
  • parents measuring baby
    Pregnancy
    How Tall Will My Baby Be? A Genetic Explanation
    When a soon-to-be-parent learns they’re expecting a child, their brains go into overdrive—including wondering what—or who!—their child will look like. Brown hair? Blonde hair? Red hair? No hair? Which may trickle into pondering about heig...
    Rachel Sokol
  • traits babies can inherit from father
    Pregnancy
    8 Traits Babies Inherit From Their Father
    As a birth professional, I often get asked about traits and my opinion on if babies will come here with this or that! Most people ask about things like eye color and birth weight, but sometimes it’s things like hairline and webbed toes. More: ...
    HeHe Stewart
  • woman holding sonogram to determine sex of baby
    Pregnancy
    Why Do Some Women Only Give Birth to Boys or Girls? A Genetic Explanation
    I am one of three sisters; my mom has three sisters, and my dad has three sisters. My husband and I have two girls. Most of my first cousins are female—in fact, it’s a long-running joke that women dominate both sides of my family and that if...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Genetic Testing During Pregnancy
    Genetic Testing and Screenings
    Genetic Screening During Pregnancy: What You Should Know
    Genetic screening during pregnancy can seem overwhelming for parents-to-be. There are so many tests and so many options. But remember that any and all decisions you make are your own. Sometimes it's easy to forget that you have the final say, d...
    Courtney Key
  • What color will my baby
    Genetics and Pregnancy
    What Color Will My Baby's Eyes Be? A Genetic Explanation (Video)
    Genes come in pairs, and each gene in a pair may differ slightly. One gene may be dominant, and override the other gene, which is recessive. A recessive gene only has an effect if both genes in a pair are recessive. An example is eye color. Altho...