As we are bracing for Hurricane Sandy here in New Jersey, seen as one of the worst storms in hurricane history, we have to talk about some of the weather labor myths associated with increase in labor. While there are TONS of myths throughout all of pregnancy from determining gender based on how you are carrying to myths about how to induce labor…there are two main myths associated with weather, both of which I am having to worry about right now with just a few weeks left of our pregnancy.
Myth #1. Full Moons increase births.
Myth #2. Hurricanes bring more babies.
Both of these are simply myths. There have been many studies researching both and while a few studies have shown some correlation, the majority show it’s just simply false. What these researchers do point out in the case of hurricanes is that labor is brought on simply by hormones and the stress from preparing for any type of natural weather disaster, may trigger those hormones, putting a mom in labor.
Today, there is a full moon, in addition to the hurricane set to to make landfall just 45 miles from here, so I guess we will soon see if either of these myths are true for us!!I know that we have been preparing for everything that can possibly happen and while I’m trying not to stress, the thought of having to get to the hospital during a torrential downpour and high speed winds, is definitely not something that I’m trying to think about! I will say that my baby girl was going crazy all day yesterday and has started going crazy all day today too. Who knows!? Maybe I will have a hurricane baby, maybe not 🙂