Is stress hereditary?

Is stress hereditary?

Research has found a link between male stress and their children's own reaction to pressure

Mum and Dad

A study in America has found that events experienced in life by a parent, even the father, could influence characteristics passed on to their children, just like DNA.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania stressed male mice, compared their sperm, and even mild stress was enough to trigger changes in their sperm at a molecular level that would be wired into their children and influence how their children developed.

Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, stress triggers for male mice carried changes in their sperm that affected the way their children responded to stress, which could indicate the same in humans.

So it's not just hopeful mums that should take it easy when you're looking to conceive!

RELATED ARTICLES

Related Articles

10 secrets of organised mums
Parenting
10 secrets of organised mums
10 secrets of organised mums Feel like life is spiralling out of control, and...
It's time to ditch the new-mum guilt
You and your body
It's time to ditch the new-mum guilt
It's time to ditch the new-mum guilt Feel like you’re suffering a life...
The A-Z of relaxation
You and your body
The A-Z of relaxation
The A-Z of relaxation A whole alphabet's worth of de-stressing techniques and...
Lab-grown sperm could help treat infertility
Fertility & Health
Lab-grown sperm could help treat infertility
Lab-grown sperm could help treat infertility A new breakthrough could take us...

email block

tips-for-new-mums-how-to-enjoy-christmas-partiesNew Mum

5 tips for new mums: how to enjoy Christmas parties

Christmas the most wonderful time of the year, however, it can be hectic for new mums. With so many festivities...
marine-lloris-precious-momentsCelebrity & Lifestyle

Marine Lloris: "I really like the fact that my girls need me!"

Marine Lloris, founder and owner of Manège en Sucre, a childrenswear fashion and accessories brand, shares her precious parenting moments
how-to-relieve-cramp-in-your-feet-when-pregnantPregnancy

How to relieve cramp in your feet when pregnant?

Foot cramp during pregnancy can occur as a result of tight muscles in your legs or back. Find out what...
win-a-baby-bottle-feeding-starter-set-from-nuby-worth-90Win

Win a baby bottle feeding starter set from Nuby worth £90

We've teamed up with Nuby to help you get your baby ready for the bottle. We're offering one lucky winner...
win-one-of-three-izmi-baby-toddler-carriersWin

Win one of Three Izmi Baby Toddler Carriers

We've teamed up with Izmi Baby to offer three lucky Gurgle fans the chance to win a super comfy, safe...
win-a-family-holiday-for-four-to-corsica-worth-over-5-500Win

Win a family holiday for four to Corsica worth over £5,500

Dreaming of a summer family holiday already? We're offering you the chance to take your little ones on the holiday...