Study shows genes can pause and resume pregnancy

by Missy Jaramillo

Study shows genes can pause and resume pregnancy

After your first pregnancy, you might not be ready to welcome another baby into the world until you get a little more experience in parenting. However, you'll need to take precautionary measures to ensure that you don't accidentally conceive. Now, new research shows that genes may play a critical role in pregnancy and fetal development in the future.

A study recently published in the journal Open Biology shows that certain genes are responsible for pausing and resuming pregnancy. Sudhansu Dey​, Ph.D., of Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation, and fellow colleagues set out to discover how the process works in female mice. They found that once the egg is fertilized in the uterus and becomes a blastocyst - a cluster of cells - it can be prevented from implanting itself during a temporary state, known as diapause. Currently, the experts are still trying to determine why this occurs and how it can impact female health in the future.

Are you ready for a second child?
There are numerous forms of birth control on the market today that can help you prevent conception, but what if you think you're ready to hop back onto the baby-making bandwagon? If you want your first child to have a sibling to grow up with, you have a viable reason to start trying again.

However, it's worth speaking to your doctor about your second pregnancy before making this decision official. Your body might need time to recover from your initial delivery. Additionally, you'll want to make sure that your finances can support another child. A second baby means more food and diapers!

How have you prepared for a second child in the past? How many years did you wait to have another baby? Leave your feedback in the comments section!