Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a genetic battlefield: Conflicts of interest vs mom-dad genes

Pregnancy is a genetic battlefield: Conflicts of interest vs mom-dad genes

Baby showers. Babymoons. Baby arrival parties. There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the 40-week transition to parenthood. Often, these celebrations implicitly assume that pregnancy is cooperative and mutually beneficial for both parent and fetus. But this belief obscures a more interesting truth about pregnancy: mother and fetus may not coexist peacefully in the same …

Pregnancy is a genetic battlefield: Conflicts of interest vs mom-dad genes Read More »

Pregnancy is a genetic battleground between mom and dad

Pregnancy is a genetic battleground between mom and dad

Metro photo Pregnancies can be tough, but is it really a genetic battleground between what mom’s genes and dad’s genes want for the baby? Editor’s Note: The Conversation is an independent, nonprofit source of news, analysis, and commentary from academic experts. Today’s article is by Jessica D. Ayers of Boise State University. (THE CONVERSATION) — …

Pregnancy is a genetic battleground between mom and dad Read More »

Pregnancy is a genetic battleground - how conflicts of interest pit mum and dad's genes against each other

Pregnancy is a genetic battleground – how conflicts of interest pit mum and dad’s genes against each other

Baby showers. Babymoons. Baby arrival parties. There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the 40-week transition into parenthood. Often, these celebrations implicitly assume that pregnancy is cooperative and mutually beneficial for both parent and fetus. But this belief obscures a more interesting truth about pregnancy: mother and fetus may not coexist peacefully in the same …

Pregnancy is a genetic battleground – how conflicts of interest pit mum and dad’s genes against each other Read More »

New research helps better understand risks associated with prenatal Zika virus infections

New research helps better understand risks associated with prenatal Zika virus infections

About one-third of children born to mothers infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy have at least one abnormality consistent with congenital Zika syndrome in the first few years of life, new research shows. The findings – based on the pooled analysis of 13 studies looking at pediatric outcomes among more than 1,500 Zika virus-affected …

New research helps better understand risks associated with prenatal Zika virus infections Read More »

Study: Mapping the effects of pregnancy on resting state brain activity, white matter microstructure, neural metabolite concentrations and grey matter architecture. Image Credit: Jezper/Shutterstock

What is the effect of pregnancy on brain activity at rest?

During pregnancy, women experience various changes in their bodies and behavior. A recent Nature Communication The study evaluated pre- and post-pregnancy brain scans to better understand changes in gray matter architecture, diffusion measures of neuronal metabolite concentration, and temporal coherence of neural networks. Additionally, the biological factors associated with these changes were assessed in this …

What is the effect of pregnancy on brain activity at rest? Read More »