Epigenetics is a big word that may seem hard to understand, but it’s actually a really cool and important topic that affects Moms of color and their children. In fact, epigenetics can explain how some things that happened to our ancestors can still affect us today!
First, let’s talk about what genes are. Genes are like the blueprint for our bodies. They determine things like our eye color, hair color, and even how tall we are. We inherit genes from our parents, but did you know that we can also inherit something called epigenetic changes from our parents too?
Epigenetics is like a little switch that can turn our genes on or off. These switches can be turned on or off by things like our environment, diet, and lifestyle. But here’s the really cool part: these switches can also be turned on or off by things that happened to our ancestors!
For Moms of color, this is especially important to understand because some harmful experiences like racism, poverty, and trauma can leave a mark on our genes that can be passed down to our children. This means that the things that our ancestors went through can still affect us today.
But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that we’re stuck with these harmful marks on our genes forever. In fact, by understanding epigenetics, we can take steps to protect our children and future generations.
One of the most important things we can do is to make sure that we take care of ourselves and our children. This means eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, and finding ways to reduce stress. When we take care of ourselves, we’re not only protecting our own health but also the health of future generations.
Another important thing we can do is to create a positive and supportive environment for our children. Studies have shown that a supportive and loving environment can actually help to turn off harmful switches that may have been turned on by our ancestors.
It’s also important to remember that we’re not alone. By connecting with other Moms of color and seeking out resources, we can find support and guidance on how to protect our children and future generations.
In conclusion, epigenetics is a really cool and important topic that affects Moms of color and their children. It can explain how some harmful experiences from our ancestors can still affect us today. But by understanding epigenetics, we can take steps to protect our children and future generations. By taking care of ourselves, creating a positive and supportive environment, and connecting with others, we can help to break harmful cycles and create a brighter future for our children.
With Love, Lakischa Smith
Meet Lakischa Smith, a proud mother and a dedicated public health advocate. With a Bachelor’s from Dillard University and a Master’s in Public Health from Florida International University, she’s committed to sharing honest narratives about black motherhood. Lakischa believes in fostering sisterhood to combat the pervasive forces of white supremacy, and empowering African American women to be agents of change for future generations. She asserts that recognizing and addressing our community’s struggles is crucial, for healing is the key to moving forward. Armed with the power of education and a deep belief in collective action, Lakischa is determined to ensure that the issues impacting African American maternal health aren’t just seen—they’re addressed and resolved.