A bit of a light-hearted post, I’ve been pondering about this for some time. Undoubtedly, women get a little bit over pregnancy towards their due date and some will try all sorts of tricks and home remedies to get labour going. You’ve probably also heard the phrase ‘baby will come when he/she is ready’ normally uttered by a wiser elder (like my grandmother who has had to wait patiently for 5 babies to enter this world).
And, they are right. There have been numerous studies that suggest labour is initiated by the baby, and more recently a study found that baby’s lungs release a protein when they able to fully function outside the womb and this in turn signalled the hormones to start labour. (You can read more about that here: http://www.pregnancyandbaby.com/pregnancy/articles/941885/what-starts-labor)
However, my pondering thought has been this: If baby initiates labour when they are ready, does their birth into this world also reflect on their personalities?
For both my daughters it would seem so. My eldest was a long labour and a long pushing stage, she just didn’t want to come out! Yes, it was probably partly to do with the induction and I still believe that she wasn’t ready to born. But, she is still wilful (read stubborn) and it is very difficult to sway her to come around to our way of thinking and she is very persistent with any task at hand. Her difficult birth also reflects certain troubles she had as a baby – colic for one, which in turn affected her sleeping habits…not that they were excellent anyway.
My youngest daughter’s birth was calm and quick. Pre-labour had a nice slow build-up but once it was on, it was on! The pushing stage was 13 minutes and there was no way I could hold-off pushing. She wanted out now. She has quite a relaxed and calm manner but tick her off and you will hear about it! She changes manner quite quickly too, one minute she will be happy as, then the next she will be growling about something and just as quickly be back to being calm and happy.
For any subsequent children, I’m really interested to see how the labour and personalities develop. Do any of your children have personalities that reflect their birth?