Stress can be passed on to your offspring!


Have you ever heard of the saying "history repeats itself"? When you think about it, YOUR history and your genetic information will be somewhat transferred to your offspring, through an interesting yet complicated gene inheritance process. But you all know this by now...you know that you either look like your mother or father or in extreme cases, you look more closely like a grandparent, in which phenotypes have been skipped a generation and now you resemble a grandparent. You may also take after your parent, in art, the ability to love carpeting just like your dad, or the ability to be a great singer like you mother...again you all know this by now. This is what I mean by "history repeating itself"...we are all repeating history (our parents/grandparents).

However, there are new studies being done, that more than phenotypic inheritance is transferred to the offspring, like stress, depression, and anxiety that you feel as an adult, or even while pregnant. There is evidence to believe BOTH of the parents have the ability to pass on this stress/depression/anxiety to their offspring. This idea is called Epigenetic.

Epigenetics is the study of changes in organisms ca