Genetics and Prenatal Development: Reflection Paper

We inherit certain features from our parents during conception that influence our traits and behaviors. For example, distinct adaptive concerns are evident in how women choose their mating partners. The environment determines whether inherited traits get expressed or not. For example, someone might be genetically predisposed to psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder, but their lifestyle may bring about the disease.

The chapter’s content about prenatal development is crucial. We can use this information to become more aware of the environment, especially in protecting the unborn. Additionally, informing those around us about the dangers of teratogens such as alcohol and drugs is crucial during pregnancy. Finally, information about complications in pregnancy, delivery, and maternal mortality could be vital in advancing the care of our loved ones.

The evolutionary perspective is relevant because it explains individual differences, that is, how gender differences evolve. Fertile individuals have more chances of reproducing and transferring the traits. Women are more invested in prenatal development than men. Consequently, they become more selective in their mates. The chapter’s content is helpful because I can understand how my preferences have evolved. For example, modern women have inherited the evolutionary trait to desire mates that possess resources.

Because environmental impacts our lives, it is necessary to consider how our decisions influence our surroundings. For instance, if I were to adopt a child, I would have to assess how the change in the environment could impact them or us. The text could, however, be more detailed on how society is applying this knowledge to address psychological disorders that have become a critical issue.

I wish to learn more about the social implications of infertility in various societies. Infertility is such a critical issue in the modern world. Undoubtedly, how society treats infertile couples can determine the quality of life they live and consequently may point out the cause of certain stress disorders among infertile couples.