Depending on a woman’s preparedness, being pregnant is both exciting and frightening. Carrying a living being in your womb for nine months is a very miraculous event. Being a mother means you hold your kid’s life at the palm of your hands, thus pregnancy has always been a great responsibility to every woman in the world.
We all know how fetuses are form into our wombs, a union between an egg cell and a sperm is what produces another human. Can you believe that aside from the mere process of reproduction, there are factors that make pregnancy certain?
In 2014, a group of scientist had come up with a very unbelievable conclusion, they revealed that being pregnant could be contagious.
After analyzing the data of 1,720 women for the past 10 years (1990s-2000s), almost half of the number of women who participated in the experiment got pregnant.
Which lead them to the conclusion, that “friendship ties” could affect their fertility intentions. Since human’s decisions are influenced by their environmental and interpersonal interactions.
It is also revealed that through the same factor, a woman’s decision to how many child she wants to have can also be influenced. Oftentimes, women feel they are left behind when they see their friends have 3 kids already while they still have 1.
The study also observed a few factors that could prompt a woman’s body to change her fertility intentions:
- Seeing her friend being able to manage her child gives confidence to another woman about her child-caring abilities.
- Seeing her friends stepping into motherhood gives a woman a feeling of having been left behind, and she starts trying to keep herself up-to-date by becoming a mother too.
Surprisingly, this element of contagion doesn’t normally exist between siblings, since most people give more importance to their friends rather than their siblings.
Well, though this study has proven a lot of things many women still believe that the decision to be influenced by these factors depends on the woman’s willingness. Since family planning has been a thing nowadays, this contagious event may not happen to everyone.
SOURCE : Bright Side