So it’s been a while since I posted, I was wondering what to do with this blog as it seems to have come to a successful conclusion but it does seem to be getting some readers so I thought I would post on some interesting stuff I saw the other day.
All is going well with baby boy by the way although he is not so much baby boy but a toddler now! He is fab and I couldn’t love him any more than I do, the DE thing really doesn’t matter to me at all. If you are thinking of using donor eggs then I would say do it – obviously there are some things you need to think about but if you really want a baby and that is the only way (or the one much more likely to result in success) then don’t hesitate.
Anyway, so I read a really interesting article about how the mother passes on some kind of DNA in the womb. Well I guess if you have looked into donor eggs then you might be aware of the term epigenetics – if not then Google it and you can find some useful info. There was also a program on the BBC recently about how what you eat/do etc affects the development of baby in the womb, so we add so much to the baby even if the fragment of original DNA is not ours. Many key pointers in the DNA of the baby are turned on or off by the gestational mother that the mother can really affect the outcome of the baby, so don’t underestimate that.
But the research that I saw reported recently showed possibly even more than that. It even implied that a donor egg baby can look a bit like the mother (and I have to say I tend to agree with this as I also have friends with DE babies who I do think at least resemble their mothers.
Professor Nick Macklon from Southampton University carried out the research in partnership with an IVF clinic in Spain and the results were really interesting. You can see some of the info here: but I am currently trying to see if I can find the actual research paper that would hopefully go into much more detail. This article doesn’t really explain much about what gets passed on and how they knew the DNA had passed to the baby but I guess that is what you get from tabloid reports. It would be nice to think that some of my boy’s traits come from me (and I often think they do, particularly his stubbornness!) and maybe even some physical things like he has a very similar hair consistency to me but I guess that could be coincidence.
I guess the problem is when you have anonymous egg donation that you don’t really know anything much about the traits of the donor so you can’t really compare. But really when they are only providing one cell there must be a heck of a lot of stuff that is influenced in the womb.