Being in a relationship with your significant other is just the beginning stages. Once you and your partner become more intimate, babies come into play. It’s common to dream of what your baby will look like and wonder which traits they will take after.
Your baby’s eye color is something that may be hard to guess with certainty. However, there is a way you can predict the color thanks to science. Keep reading to learn how.
Predicting Eye Color
Some people think dark eye colors are “dominant” and common while lighter colors are less common and deemed a rare trait. Modern science tells us now this is not how you can predict a child’s eye color.
Your baby does not get their eyes as a blend of mom and dad alone. The parents, grandparents, and relatives even beyond that will determine the true outcome.
There are several genes involved in melanin production. You can get a better idea of your family’s eye color traits by understanding genes and chromosomes.
The environment also plays an interesting role in eye color. Certain populations and ethnic groups may also share certain genetic characteristics. Knowing where your family is from geographically may also give you more insight into your family background and typical eye color.
There are dozens of possibilities as to how this genetic information is later expressed. You can have a bit of fun looking at a baby genetics calculator to get a rough idea of what your baby’s eye color or other traits will look like.
Changes in Eye Color
You might be in for a surprise to know your baby’s eye color can change as they grow up. It may be gray at one point and turn blue, black, or green later. It could even be a combination of colors.
It’s a good idea to get a baby photographer who can capture these moments. If you’re wondering why a child’s eye color changes as they grow up it’s because of the pupil size. Anytime it changes, the pigment in the iris begins to spread which alters the eye color.
This can continue beyond their baby years. About 10-15% of Caucasians notice their eyes become different over time. You may notice your baby’s eye color changes depending on their emotions too.
In some scenarios, there are children who are born with different eye colors, known as heterochromia. This is actually caused by faulty pigment transport during development or trauma in the womb. It could also be a benign genetic disorder, and it is often nothing to worry about.
Determining Your Baby’s Eye Color
Genetics is what determines your baby’s eye color. Mom and dad have genes that are either dominant or recessive. Your child’s eye color is both a result of chance and a biological equation.
The best way you can figure out what eye color your baby will have is by learning how to make those predictions. When your baby is born, you may very well be right.
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