In bad news for those of us who did not enjoy our childhoods, it seems a rough childhood is a precursor for a rough pregnancy, according to a new study in the June issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Ah bad childhood, you really are the gift that keeps on giving.
According to the report:
"Emily W. Harville, PhD, of Tulane University, New Orleans, and colleagues studied 4,865 women who experienced at least one hardship during childhood and had at least one live birth by age 41. ‘A shared limitation of past studies is that the period of investigation is limited to the pregnancy itself,' the authors write. ‘Hypothetically, psychosocial and material hardships in childhood and adolescence may ultimately influence pregnancy outcome.'"
The good news is that these factors can be overcome by following the pregnancy "rules," such as not smoking and not engaging in high-risk behavior, since much of the findings correlated behavior with the outcome of the pregnancy rather than emotional or physical factors.
Besides, you are not alone. Here are some celebrities who famously had rough childhoods and also managed to have healthy pregnancies and give birth to healthy babies:
She famously no longer speaks with her father (what is that all about?), although I have heard recently she reconciled. Anyway, she has managed to rise above and seems to adore every one of the six children she shares with Brad Pitt and had two healthy pregnancies.
Adopted at an older age by Lionel Richie, Nicole Richie took a while to get her life on track, dabbling in drugs and partying. But becoming a mother seems to suit her. She has also recently announced she is pregnant again.
Hatcher has spoken openly about her molestation as a child, but is very close with her healthy, active daughter and seems to be an engaged mother who also (clearly) had a healthy pregnancy.
At 41, Berry managed to deliver a healthy baby girl. She has famously spoken of her attempt at suicide after her first marriage failed and her rocky childhood.
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