Do you think there is a "mom" gene?
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|Tue, 09-25-2012 - 4:41pm|
Researcher believe that there might be a genetic link for nurturing in mice, but are unsure how it correlates to humans, you can read about it at this link:
From the article:
But Ribeiro says the same alpha estrogen receptor is expressed in women, and that a suppressed gene could have an impact on maternal behavior like feeding and caring for our babies. There’s also some evidence in mice, she says, that changes to this gene that occur in young pups may determine what kind of a mother a female mouse will become later in life.
Although there could be some genetic influences that determine if you want children or not, some believe that it's more due to nurture versus nature as you grow. There are plenty of women that are unsure whether they want to become a mother, who feel they are lacking a maternal instinct, that go on to be very successful at motherhood.
What are your thoughts on a "mom" gene? Do you think it's genetics or emotions that are behind your decision to try or not?