Thursday, 11 October 2012

Baby boon

I'm not a particularly maternal individual but entering my thirties have a lot of friends who are now either pregnant or preparing themselves for pregnancy.

Anecdotally it seems that having a baby can have the upside of resolving seemingly unrelated health issues, I've had direct reports in disappearances of lifelong asthma, acne, fatigue and other issues upon getting pregnant that have continued post birth.

It's well known that hormonal changes during pregnancy occur to make you feel fantastic and prepare your body for childbirth, however these changes maybe more long lasting. In the old days doctors would sometimes advise women with hormonal imbalances to have a baby to resolve them - this might seem pretty patronising and extreme advice but may infact be accurate.

I'm an ardent feminist but biologically there's no arguing with the science - women are physically designed to have children fairly early on in adulthood, so it makes sense that it may take the act of pregnancy and childbirth to put our bodies into a hormone and health equilibrium for adulthood.

Having a baby for any other reason than wanting to bring a child into the world and care for it for the rest of your life is clearly foolish, but faced with the significant physical changes that come with pregnancy and childbirth it may be reassuring to know that there's a good chance you'll come out the other side a healthier, happier person!

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