Well Holy Hormones Honey! Duped again! Just when a woman should be relishing the arrival of her baby – she is filled with anxiety about whether her baby will arrive on time. Whose time? Made up time. Some ‘expert’ came up with the time. Do you know what happens when a women passes the 40 week pregnancy mark – she gets a Ceasarean. Further interrupting nature’s natural process and the final days or week of a pregnancy.
Do Cesarean’s affect the health of a new born? Interestingly enough, this study came out in ScienceDaily this week – citing that:
Children who came into the world by Caesarean section are more often affected by allergies than those born in the natural way. The reason for this may be that they have a less diverse gut microbiota, according to a study by universities in Sweden and Scotland.
In addition, the study reported: “these children may run greater risk of developing allergies, but diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome are also more common among children born by Caesarean.”
Scientific American also came out with a very interesting report on the finding of children’s cells found in the mother’s brain:
The link between a mother and child is profound, and new research suggests a physical connection even deeper than anyone thought. The profound psychological and physical bonds shared by the mother and her child begin during gestation when the mother is everything for the developing fetus, supplying warmth and sustenance, while her heartbeat provides a soothing constant rhythm.
And The Guardian reported on yet another very fascinating finding – especially to those of us interested in the relationship of natural cycles – myself included. The article entitled: Golden ratio discovered in uterus
Belgian gynaecologist measures reproductive organs of 5,000 women and finds that the most fertile have ‘mathematically perfect’ dimensions.
The author states “All the claims about the golden ratio in humans come from considering our exteriors, which is why recently I was fascinated to hear from Jasper Verguts, a gynaecologist at the University Hospital Leuven in Belgium, who has tried to find out if the ratio also appears internally.
“Dr Verguts told me that gynaecologists can instantly tell whether a uterus looks normal or not based on its relative dimensions, and his hunch was that these dimensions approximated the golden ratio.
Over the last few months he has measured the uteruses of 5,000 women using ultrasound and drawn up a table of the average ratio of a uterus’s length to its width for different age bands.”
Conclusion? Don’t mess with Mother Nature. Women are part of a sacred grand design – not just the inferior sex. When the rhythms of our body are interrupted, havoc ensues. It is as simple as that.
The 40-week pregnancy myth has popped
We now know pregnancy can vary by up to five weeks – so why aren’t ‘overdue’ mothers given more information?
Why do we pretend we “know” most pregnancies last 40 weeks, when most midwives – and parents – will tell you that a baby’s exact exit date is the least precise science around? For decades no one has dared to challenge the idea that a pregnancy lasts precisely 40 weeks. The traditional view, here as well as in the US, is that the due date is at 40 weeks and pregnancy should last no longer than 42 weeks. Now a new study is challenging whether having a due date is helpful at all.
A study by the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has found that the length of pregnancy can vary naturally by as much as five weeks. Try telling this to your midwife in the UK, where every woman is expected to give birth within a strict two-week window or face medical intervention.
Only 4% of babies are born on their due date. 80% arrive between 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after. The rest are either premature or late. For parents faced with the latter, this new study is a revelation.
The arrival of a baby is something that needs to be judged on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the health of the mother and baby, plus the mother’s birth record, instead of setting arbitrary dates which are not based on sound evidence. If you fall beyond the 42-week limit, you are strongly encouraged to be induced (when labour is started artificially). One in five babies are induced in the UK, and many women choose to undergo it long before the 42-week cut-off. But it carries risks, however small. There is an increased risk of forceps or vacuum extraction, an increased risk of caesarean section and an increased risk to the baby of jaundice.