There’s plenty research backing up the importance of healthy body weight and good diet prior to conceiving. However – bad news, guys – a brand new study reveals that dads-to-be might have to shape up pre-pregnancy, too; and not just to increase chances of conception, but to improve infant health long-term.
A University of Copenhagen study has discovered that information about a father’s weight can be transmitted to his child via his sperm – in other words, if you’ve got a penchant for overindulgence, chances are your progeny will inherit the same proclivity for super-sizing.
Researchers analysed sperm cells from both overweight and lean men; the results indicate that there are different epigenetic marks present in the overweight men—and these markers can influence the next generation’s appetite. Continue reading
Teaching how to ride a bike, explaining the point of rugby, flipping a dinosaur-shaped pancake — such is the domain of a dad. But ponytails, plaits and detangling a head full of knots? That’s strictly mum’s territory.
Until now, that is.
Melbourne hairdresser Cat Allan runs workshops for follicle-fearing fathers to help instruct them in the fine art of getting their daughters’ hair did. Continue reading
Think of all the imaginative Mother’s Day presents you’ve received over the years, and when put together, they probably still won’t trump this dad’s attempt at the ultimate ‘thoughtful’ gift for the mother of his children…
In a show of loving solidarity – and possibly a bit of masochistic stupidity – American Broadcaster Penn Holderness agreed to let his mummy blogger wife Kim, hook him up to a labour simulator in their doctor’s surgery. “I just think to really embrace fatherhood, you should experience what it took to become a mother,” the mum-of-two says in the video the couple shared on YouTube.
If you’ve got siblings, it’s unlikely that your mum and dad will ever admit to having a preferred child –but according to a new study on family favourites, your folks probably do, and it’s usually the elder of the brood.
Researchers from the US annually interviewed 388 families for a period of three years. Each family had two children in their early and middle teen years, born no more than four years apart.