ACEs and toxic stress can alter the biology and behavior of people in ways that affect the birth and development of their children.
Children born to parents with high ACE scores are more likely to experience a variety of neuropsychiatric, behavioral, and physical health problems.
The effects of toxic stress due to ACEs may impact our ability to conceive, and may increase risk of miscarriage, preterm birth, and low birth weight.
ADVERSITY AND RESILIENCE CAN BE PASSED ON THROUGH EPIGENETICS
The intergenerational transmission of ACEs isn’t fully determined in childhood. The same pathways that pass on the negative effects of toxic stress can also pass on positive resiliency factors when we as adults with ACEs adopt long-term practices to heal ourselves, and are supported by communities and systems with resources that address our needs.