• Will my baby
    Genetics and Pregnancy
    Will My Baby's Eye Color Change?
    Will your baby’s blue eyes stay that way? It’s possible, but not guaranteed. Babies born with blue or grey-colored eyes may end up with a different eye color later on. This is because of the pigmentation process, which continues to develop af...
    Elisa Cinelli
  • how prenatal diet affects baby
    Prenatal Health and Nutrition
    How Prenatal Diet and Genetics Impact Baby's Health as an Adult
    Healthy moms, healthy babies. It’s commonly accepted that the quality of a woman’s pregnancy determines the well-being of her infant. Less well known is the fact that a baby’s experiences in the womb will influence its health for life. Mor...
    Judith Finlayson
  • 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...
  • Help! My baby doesn
    Genetics and Pregnancy
    My Baby Looks Nothing Like Me: A Genetic Explanation
    The creation of a human body goes far beyond simple building blocks. For around nine months, the womb meticulously assembles microscopic fragments of DNA from both parents to create a unique individual. During that time, parents anticipate how th...
    Miranda Altice
  • are personality traits genetic?
    Genetics and Pregnancy
    Is Personality Genetic?
    You joke you’re “type A” and your child’s other biological parent is lazy and carefree. Does that mean your child will be like you - organized and detail-oriented - or your partner? Parents have always wondered how their little ones end u...
  • couple discussing the mthfr gene with doctor
    Pregnancy
    How the MTHFR Gene Impacts Pregnancy
    With the advent of inexpensive and easily accessible DNA testing opportunities for the general public thanks to companies like 23 and Me and Ancestry DNA, questions about various genes and their mutations have become familiar and commonly used. O...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • 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. Than...
    Jacqueline Weiss
  • newborn baby being weighed on scale
    Pregnancy
    How Much Will My Baby Weigh?
    Can you predict your new arrival’s weight? There are a few clues that can help you guess. But there’s no way to fill in the weight on the birth announcement until the nurse places your bundle of joy onto the scale.  The average baby is born...
    Elisa Cinelli
  • Smiling baby with blue eyes
    Pregnancy
    What Are The Chances My Baby Will Have Blue Eyes? A Genetic Explanation
    Editor’s Note: We know raising kids can be hard. That’s why we’re dedicated to making your life easier with the latest and greatest parenting advice and products. We wanted to let you know that if you chose to purchase one of the items feat...
    Elisa Cinelli
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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