Everything you need to know about DNA and pregnancy

The world and nature have many wonders in store for us. These miracles can all come from nature, but also from the bodies of ourselves. One of them is the begetting of a child. This is a wonderful thing and is considered by many to be the most beautiful thing you can experience. You love your child unconditionally, even if it has not even been born yet. Your child is made up of many complicated systems, not even a tiny part of which you understand properly. It is time to change that. That is what we are going to do in this blog. How are we going to do that? By telling you what you need to know about DNA and pregnancy. We do this in a very understandable way that nevertheless explains everything you really need to know. It can be very helpful during, before or after your pregnancy in a few ways. If we have made you curious, read on! 

What is DNA?

DNA is a very complicated thing, so we are going to do our best to make it as understandable as possible while explaining it to you. Once you have read this paragraph, you can move on to the next one to read all about the use of a home DNA test kit. DNA is basically a collection of all our genetic information. It tells our body and cells something about appearance, personal traits and so forth. These information packages all carry even smaller packages and these are called genes. These genes all provide information for the creation of proteins. These genes carry the information about the colour of your hair and the colour of your skin for example. It is a code that is unique for everyone, nobody has the same DNA. This results in people that are not like each other in every possible way. 

DNA tests

While pregnant, you can perform certain types of tests regarding DNA. You carry on DNA to your child. Each child has approximately 50% DNA of his or her father, and 50% DNA of his or her mother. This is why, with for example a paternity test while pregnant, you can see whether or not someone is the father. These tests will be taken by taking a swab of saliva from the alleged father and most of the times a blood sample of the mother. In the blood of the mother there is already DNA to be found.