A new study published last month showed that the older the mother, the higher the risk of passing mutated, disease-causing mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to offspring.
The importance of these results confirms what I teach through these emails and to my clients.
It is not enough to focus on getting the positive pregnancy test with IVFs or inseminations or trying naturally.
Your focus MUST be on the health of your future baby. And you do that by improving your own OVERALL health, not just your reproductive capacity.
Let me explain...
I'm gonna let my inner geek out but stay with me cuz it's important and hardly anyone gets it. This info is so new that even most MDs don't know about this yet.
Each of your eggs are powered by thousands of mitochondria.
These tiny ancient bacteria figured out how to use our cells to live symbiotically with us millions of years ago.
For them to survive, they need to make sure their host (that's us) live as well.
They do that, in part, by providing energy to almost all our cells. Some cells have more mitochondria than others.
Eggs have a lot cuz of what they need to do - fertilize and grow an entire human being.
Because they're completely separate organisms from us, these mitochondria have their own DNA called mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). MtDNA is circular while ours is the double helix most people know about. So each egg has 2 sets of DNA.
Interestingly, we only inherit mtDNA from our mother.
None of dad's mtDNA makes it to baby. They get dumped when the sperm fertilizes the egg.
The older a woman gets, the more damage the mtDNA accumulates. That's just a natural byproduct of aging, like wrinkles. That, in turn, means the higher the likelihood of passing on these mutations to baby.
The good news is that mitochondria are being made constantly, replacing the old & defective ones.
And that's one of the main reasons why women over 35yo, with poor egg quality, low AMH, low ovarian reserve, high FSH, multiple failed IVFs or inseminations, and/or recurrent miscarriages can get pregnant.
I teach the lifestyle changes including nutrition, supplements, and specific techniques to slow down the aging process so that you can get pregnant with a health child.
They're all in my Fertility Top10. Details here... http://zenfertility.com/top10
All my best,
Julie Chang, L.Ac
Natural Fertility Eggspurt