Its a beautiful feeling to know that you have a new life growing within you.

1.Stress will have a negative effect on the chances of conception

 A research at the University of Louisville concluded that Women who are stressed or develop stressful behaviors during their ovulatory window were approximately 40-percent less likely to conceive during that month when compared to other less stressful months

"The results imply that women who wish to conceive may increase their chances by taking active steps towards stress reduction such as exercising, enrolling in a stress management program or talking to a health professional." remarks epidemiologist at the University's School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Kira Taylor.

Your stress will also affect your offspring's health

Stress in real life is a big No! We have seen many ill-effects of stress on the health and body. The same is relevant during pregnancy too.

If a female is  exposed to distress even before she conceives, she is bound to experience certian changes in the expression of a gene linked to the stress mechanism in the body, starting in the ovum and later transcends in the brains of the offspring from when they are born. This fact was found out by a new study on rats conducted by the University of Haifa.

"The systemic similarity in too many instances between humans and mice raises questions about the transgenerational influences in humans as well". 

"This is the first time that we showed that the genetic response to stress in rats is linked to the experiences their mothers underwent long before they even got pregnant with them," the researchers said.

"We are learning more and more about intergenerational genetic transfer and in light of the findings, and in light of the fact that in today's reality many women are exposed to stress even before they get pregnant, it's important to research the degree to which such phenomenon take place in humans."

2.Parenting starts before conception

Ever thought whether your health may have any influence on your baby in the womb? Now there is an evidence that ascertains a child's future health is influenced by more than just their parents' genetic material, and the research even goes a step beyond to the conclusion that children born of unhealthy parents will already be pre-programmed for greater risk of poor health.

 "One major fact is that the child doesn't quite start from scratch and the reality is they already carry over a legacy of factors from their parents' experiences that can shape development in the fetus and after birth". 

 "We can give our children a burden before they've even started life,depending on the situation, " says Professor Sarah Robertson, the University of Adelaide researcher.

"A few lifestyle changes by potential parents and improvements in the right direction, especially in the months leading up to conception, could have a lasting, positive benefit for the future of their child," she further adds.

3.Obesity in mother-to-be also determines the baby's weight

Obseity may now be a 'transferable' gene to the offspring. 

 Studies at the Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center have found that overweight/obese pregnant women have more chances to give birth to heavier babies, and the risk of overweight children becoming obese adults is nearly nine times greater when compared to children who are not overweight. Also, the researchers found that greater body-weight at birth and weight gain early in life increases the risk of becoming overweight or obese as an adult.

" A major fact is that the mother's body composition at conception has important implications for the metabolism and risk of obesity in the offspring in later years. Not only do these findings help us appreciate the reasons for the rapid rise in obesity, this novel model will allow us to understand the underlying mechanisms and should provide fertile opportunity for translational type research." says Dr. Kartik Shankar of the Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center.

4.Conception Date is a decider for your Baby's Future Academic Achievement

Your baby's future academic achievement may now depend on the time the baby was born.

 According to research from the Indiana University School of Medicine, the time of year in which a child is conceived influences future academic achievement.

The research was based on the scores of the students in grades 3 through 10 who took the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP) examination and the researchers Dr. Winchester and colleagues linked the scores with the month in which each student had been conceived. The researchers found that ISTEP scores for math and language were distinctly seasonal with the lowest scores received by children who had been conceived in June through August.

 "The fetal brain begins developing soon after conception. The pesticides we use to control pests in fields and our homes and the nitrates we use to fertilize crops and even our lawns are at their highest level in the summer," said Dr. Winchester, Director at the Newborn Intensive Care Services at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.

"Exposure to pesticides and nitrates can alter the hormonal milieu of the pregnant mother and the developing fetal brain," he further added.

5.Conception in winter increases mothers' diabetes risk

Women who conceives in winter have more chances of gestational diabetes during pregnancy, even aggravates a range of risk factors for both child and mother, as per a new research by the University of Adelaide.

"The study finds strong evidence of a relationship between gestational diabetes and the season in which a child is conceived," concluded the lead author Dr Petra Verburg from the University of Adelaide's Robinson Research Institute and at the Lyell McEwin Hospital.

"Two factors- Elevated BMI and low physical activity are major risk factors for gestational diabetes, as well as low socio-economic status. These factors are modifiable, and they represent targets for interventions to prevent the rising tide of gestational diabetes," Professor Roberts says.

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