Pregnancy may be “contagious”, study says
Research has analyzed data from 1,720 women and concludes that the risk of getting pregnant increases if a friend has recently given birth
Humans are social beings and the impact our behavior has on others may be even greater than we imagine. A study published in the American Sociological Review analyzed the data of 1,720 pregnant women over the age of 15 and found that when a close friend becomes pregnant, the woman is more likely to conceive .
The risk begins to increase when the woman discovers her friend is pregnant and has a peak two years after giving birth, declining after that, according to the 2014 study. Researchers have some theories as to why this happens.
First, they argue that the human being inevitably compares with others in their social circle, so when a friend becomes pregnant, the woman feels more comfortable in considering becoming a mother as well, since she can already rely on the experiences of the other.
They also point to economic factors. When two friends have children in a short time, they can help with caring for children and sharing experiences.
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