Epigenetics part II

As I mentioned I have reviewed multiple articles on this topic.  So here is what research shows..that whole nature vs. nurture thing has some truth and studies back it up.  In one study they looked at maternal stress during pregnancy as well as post partum actions and the mother's ability to interact and provide positive tactile input onto baby.  Although these were animal studies,  data is still coming out for us humans.  In either scenario, the outcome is the same.  What we do to our developing fetus or baby's brain matters.  We are reaching the brain at it's most vulnerable state. So the genetic qualities of that are then melded with the environment and the parenting we provide.  This in turn imprints itself into that genome and gets passed down or finds a way to adapt for survival.  It makes you ponder then about the effect stress and other environmental factors may have had over the last 30-50 years in generations and why diagnoses have evolved.....The good news is there are ways we can proactively mitigate these factors.  One of them is being able to provide our babies with positive tactile input....massage, kangaroo care, snuggles and within that understanding when our babies really need that.  Another one is really being in tune with your baby and their cues, which is not the easiest when you are sleep deprived and just trying to survive this whole thing.  SO how do you understand their cues? is it reflux, hunger, a diaper, or just over tired? Well that leads us to the next discussion.  We will start with the GI system.  This is personal to me.  I have a nephew who has had a lot of issues here. I also see a ton of babies with questionable reflux.  This is probably one of the most frustrating areas for parents to deal with.  I get it! My son had issues here as well..  Next topic: truths and "alternative facts" around reflux and other tummy troubles.....

Sarah Laryea