Methylation

Methylation defects….. how it impacts fertility and making a healthy baby

Genes

Genes…. they are passed down to us from our parents.  Genes provide the instructions to the cell and tell the cell what to do. And guess what? You will pass your genes down to your baby.  Genes contain DNA.

Your baby will get ½ his DNA from mom and ½ from dad.

We have 50 trillion cells in the human body and every single cell has the same DNA. And, every human being has almost the same genetic code…. 99.5% to be more exact! So, if every cell has the same genetic code how does the cell know what to do? Or how is it that you’re a redhead and your brother is blonde?

Well, even though every cell has the same DNA or genetic code it all depends on how the genetic code is expressed. This is what makes each one of us different!

When a cell divides to make a new cell it copies the DNA so the new cells will have the same instructions to follow. Well, sometimes there are mistakes during the copying process. The “mistakes” result in variations at particular locations in your DNA. These “mistakes” are called SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms)

SNPs can influence the way you look, how susceptible you are to particular diseases, or how you will respond to medications.

SNPs are passed from parent to child so your baby will inherit your SNPs.

Genetic differences influence what nutrients you need, the way you process nutrients and how your body physiologically responds to stress.

Methylation:

You may have heard of methylation and want to understand how it relates to pregnancy and babies. Well, methylation is a process that occurs in every single one of our 50 trillion cells! The process takes nutrients from the food we eat and turns it into energy that our bodies need to make healthy cells. Methylation is involved in almost every single biochemical reaction and occurs billions of times every second in our cells!

If you have a defect in the methylation pathway it means that you will have a decreased activity of enzymes which can affect your mood, immune system, detoxification pathways, and, yes….. fertility.

Testing for an MTHFR mutation can help determine which vitamins and what dose is needed for your body to function at its optimal.

45% of us have at least 1 MTHFR mutation which translates to a 40% decrease in our processing capabilities.

Recurrent miscarriages, spina bifida, Down’s syndrome, and other birth defects are possibilities with decreased MTHFR activity. Folate is extremely important for creating new cells. And remember, babies are 100% new cells.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know what your body needs to function at its optimal state? Wouldn’t it be nice to know what you can do now to help “power up” the DNA that you are going to pass along to your baby and future grandchildren? Wouldn’t it be nice to know what your cells need now to help reduce the risk of a miscarriage, and boost your energy and mood?

It’s pretty empowering to know that you can do things now to help “strengthen” your DNA so you can pass along the best genes to your baby?

So, what’s the bottom line?

If you are having trouble conceiving or if you’ve been told you are infertile or if you have had multiple miscarriages then Methylation testing maybe something to consider.