Woman Addicted to Pregnancy Must Be Nuts

Wow. There's no doubt that pregnancy can be a pretty incredible experience, but it also tends to come complete with plenty of side effects that aren't always very pleasant. Of course, it's totally worth it to suffer from bouts of fatigue, nausea, and mood swings because you know that when all is said and done, you will get to hold your baby in your arms and all will be right with the world again.

But one woman in Britain just can't seem to get enough of making babies, and she doesn't even have any kids of her own! Jill Hawkins is totally addicted to pregnancy, to say the least. She's actually been a surrogate eight times already, and now she's pregnant with twins, making them the ninth and tenth babies that she will give up to someone else. Can you even imagine doing something like that? Why on earth would anyone want to experience pregnancy over and over again without getting the reward of a baby at the end?

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Well -- I guess there is the whole "wanting to help someone out of the goodness of your heart" thing. I can definitely imagine being a surrogate for one of my very closest friends, or perhaps even a cousin (since I don't have any siblings). However, there is a huge difference between carrying a child for someone you know and love versus a complete and total stranger -- not to mention doing it over and over again!

Jill does describe pregnancy as "fulfilling" and says she's a "giving person," but it's also important to note that she suffered through bouts of nausea, and was even confined to bed rest during her pregnancy prior to this one. And if having to deal with horrible pregnancy symptoms isn't bad enough, then the fact that she resorted IVF to get pregnant this time around should seal the deal on her giving up the whole baby making addiction. Weren't the first eight pregnancies enough for her body to endure without throwing that into the mix?

I can't help but think that eventually, the pain of having to give up all of those babies after feeling them move inside of her and experiencing the miracle of giving birth to them is bound to catch up with her. And odds are good that she will wind up feeling very empty, and not the least bit fulfilled.

Would you consider being a surrogate for a stranger?

 

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