January 5, 2017
100% of the world’s population has been impacted by women’s health at one point in their lives.
Yes, even men.
Pregnancy doesn’t impact just women, but men, too. From conception onward, the first nine months of life contain the key to many of life’s questions about health and well-being. Through its 9-90TM research, scientists at Magee-Womens Research Institute investigate how the first 9 months of pregnancy impact the next 90 years of life.
The Critical First Nine Months
Why are the first nine months of life in utero so universally important? The moment of greatest plasticity — or the ability to be easily shaped or molded — is during the nine months of pregnancy. It is during this time that factors such as environmental exposure, nutrition, and infection, as well as other influences, most greatly impact fetal development and leave a lasting mark. Studying this “human blueprint” allows scientists to better predict the conditions that will affect a person later in life and potentially change or cure those conditions.
Research over the past 20 years has linked certain diseases to developmental stages, leading scientists to look to pregnancy for answers. Birth abnormalities such as preeclampsia and its lifelong impact on infants is just one way your generous donation is put to use. Yet Magee’s research isn’t just about birth abnormalities. There is much to learn from even normal developments during pregnancy. Nutritional deficiencies in a baby, for instance, may be an indicator of high blood pressure or associated diseases later in life.
Magee-Womens Research Institute’s reputation as a leader in women’s health has attracted world-class scientists in biology, genetics, pre- and post-pregnancy, and other specialties to come together to tackle the complex workings of the developmental system. Through collaboration, they hope to gain a better understanding of these systems and how they can impact humankind.
Studying development and diseases for ninety years is surely a long endeavor, but the lasting improvement in health and wellness is worth it. Controlling prenatal influences may help to prevent diseases like Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease, improving not just the lives of women, but of all.
Making a Difference
You can improve the health of future generations. Swap out your morning coffee for a $5 donation to MWRI and change the health of generations to come.
You can learn more about Magee’s 9-90TM research here.