Epigenetic Influences of Carrying a Donor Egg

Epigenetics is a complex study. But essentially it’s all about learning why our genes switch on and off. 

Epigenetic change is completely normal, and a natural occurrence. However, it can also be influenced by various factors, such as age, our environment, and our everyday lifestyle. Epigenetics can modify much in the same way cells terminally differentiate to become skin cells, liver cells, brain cells, and so on.  

Epigenetics and Egg Donors

When it comes to patients using donor eggs or donor embryos, epigenetics plays a fascinating role. It creates an amazing connection between a donor egg recipient mother and the child. 

And when it comes to the choice of carrying a donor egg, there are several epigenetic influences and benefits. Here are just a few:  

Removes Stress and Pressure

Making a baby can be challenging for many modern women. You’ve been patient and have handled the challenge with love, grace, and downright persistence. 

However, allowing yourself to accept the option of a donor route will remove some of the pressure. It’s important to be open to the idea of using a donor, as the stress of conceiving is a heavy weight to carry.  

Triggers a Second Natural Conception

Sometimes when mothers conceive their first baby by a donor, their bodies tend to learn a thing or two. In other words, being pregnant with the first child somewhat guides the body into what to do, showing it what to do so it can figure it out from there. 

There are no guarantees this will happen, but our bodies are capable of amazing things, and it’s not uncommon.

Epigenetic Influences 

The mother who carries the baby has a great deal of influence on the development of said baby. So epigenetic influences should not be understated and it’s important to recognize this.  

According to research, epigenetic begins in the womb, but scientists believe that the most fundamental impact of the genes occurs in utero. So the environment and the mother’s lifestyle choices (even before conception) play a critical role on the child’s overall health. 

When using an egg donor, many mothers wonder if the child will resemble them in any way. But, really, with any child, it can vary by genetic material from an entire gene pool of parents, grandparents, and the list goes on. And again, epigenetics is all about our cells changing, so even after a baby comes into this world, genetics will continue to modify, switching on and off. 

In essence, while the child may not resemble you at first, there’s still a good chance it could develop your features as it gets older. 

The Spiritual Connection

When you choose to use an egg donor, it’s all quite scientific. Even overwhelmingly so. However, at Naturna, we see the experience of bringing a child into the world not as scientific, but spiritual. Ultimately, as someone who craves to be a parent, you are inviting a soul to be a part of your life. 

This child is meant for you, regardless of where or how they came into this world. And that has to stand for something truly special and wonderful. And we hope you can see our point of view. 

Each Path is Different

At the end of the day (or in this case, the day you give birth), ask yourself: Does it really, truly matter how you arrived? The top of the mountain is the same destination no matter what route you take. 

Some parents get wrapped up and attached to a singular idea of how exactly their path to motherhood or fatherhood will go. But sometimes, these perfectly planned expectations do not unfold the way it’s expected. Sometimes, the universe or fate or whatever you want to call it–has other plans. 

If you are considering a donor egg, here’s the takeaway and what we want to remind you: Often enough, taking an alternative route can lead you on a path that is rich in lessons and meaning. 

No matter how you get to the top of that mountain and have a child, you will be an amazing mother. And your heart will be full of joy. 

Manhattan Acupuncture and New York City Fertility Center