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All we want is to be able to buy our mom the house of her dreams, fly her around the world, and give her the ability to live forever. But, alas, we are mere millennial mortals with lacking funds and zero access to magic abilities. Instead, we can begin by celebrating our mothers, not just on Mother’s Day, but every day—by checking in on their health and well-being.

How much do you know about your family medical history? Your mother’s medical DNA has a strong connection to the fate of your health and future, so why not spark a conversation to learn more about the health of your mom, and to better understand what your future looks like?

We spoke to nationally renowned women’s health expert, author, and radio host, Dr. Jennifer Wider, M.D., who agrees that this is an extremely important conversation to have with your mom.

“Understanding patterns of disease can help people understand what diseases and conditions they may be at risk for,” Dr. Wider explains. Therefore, when it comes to talking to our parents, and specifically our mothers, getting down to the nitty gritty is important. Sexologist and relationship psychotherapist Dr. Carlen Costa explains that we are fortunate to live in a time of openness in regards to sexual health and general health. “[Your mom] may feel embarrassed, not only because some of these topics are not ones that she typically discusses,” Dr. Costa tells HG. “Sometimes parents can feel inadequate when their kids start to parent them—the role reversal can feel overwhelming.” That’s why we’ve provided you with a list of important topics to talk about with your mom. This will help you better understand her health, and yours as well. Make sure to go about the conversation in a comfortable setting.

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