We are often told that we bear resemblance to either one of our parents. The fact is, we do inherit our genes from either our mother or father. But, more often than not, we observe that the baby’s traits are more similar to the father than the mother. It’s not like we always carry forward more genes from our father. But somehow, the genes from the mother don’t seem to be as visible. So, we will be discussing here the genetic traits that the babies most probably get from their mother.
It is not necessary that all of the traits mentioned here will be passed down from the mommy. But, if the baby shows one of these traits, the source is most likely to be the mother.
You must’ve seen one movie or the other on mutation; given the fact that so many have been made on the topic. But, in reality, mutation is not like what you have seen in films. Medically speaking, a mutation occurs when the DNA splices itself resulting in a combination of genes slightly out of order. It rarely comes from only one of the parent. However, if the mother has a mutated gene, there is a higher probability that it will rearrange itself in the same order in the offspring.
Mutation can also occur when neither of the parents has one. Mutation can be anything from different-colored eyes to learning disabilities.
2. Dominant Recessive
One of the most important factors determining the genetic trait that is passed on to the offspring is whether it is a dominant or recessive gene. One of the reasons why brown eyes are more common than blue ones is because brown eyes are the dominant trait. So, if the mother has a dominant gene, it wins over the recessive one.
3. Hashimoto’s Disease
This disease involves the thyroid gland, crucial to the endocrine system, and is present at the bottom of the throat. The endocrine system takes care of hormones which control metabolism, mood disorders, and weight gain, among others. Hashimoto’s disease is when the immune system starts attacking the thyroid. This disease is mostly passed down maternally.
4. Smoking Complications
It is quite known that smoking is absolutely prohibited during pregnancy. However, some expecting mothers find it hard to kick the butt. More so because of the added stress and anxiety during pregnancy. But, it comes with catastrophic effects, including increased chances of reproducing a stillborn or premature baby. The premature baby often faces more complications and have increased chances of suffering from a birth defect. The baby feeds on everything that you do. And, smoking is no exception.
5. Alcohol-Related Disabilities
Like smoking, the baby consumes the toxins of the alcohol you consume during pregnancy. Despite people saying time and again that the occasional glass of wine doesn’t cause any harm, it’s better to get rid of the habit altogether. More so in the later stages, as it is even more harmful to the baby. The baby might have a chance of being born with cognitive or learning disabilities because of alcohol’s effect on his/her developing brains.
6. Huntington’s Disease
A severe disease, generally passed down from mother to offspring, causes the nervous system to deteriorate gradually. It involves breaking down of the motor as well as mental functions. Since the disease has no real cure as of now, it is difficult to determine what can be done to prevent the disease. Though it is more likely that the offspring will get the disease, it is not a rule. So, always confirm this from a doctor.
While having a left-handed father might result in a left-handed offspring, the chances increase more if the mother is left-handed. If both the parents are, then it’s almost a guarantee.
It’s quite interesting that an offspring is more likely to get addicted to anything that the mother is addicted to. For example, if the mother was in the habit of consuming drugs during pregnancy, she will pass it on to the child as well. Thus, a child with addiction issues would have more likely got it from his mother.
The most common among all the sexually transmitted diseases, HIV can be passed down to the baby during birth. In fact, children are quite likely to be born with the disease, since any bodily fluid contraction can result in transmission.
If you’ve noticed any of these traits in your child lately, then do not fret. Just look out for the signs and consult a doctor if need be.