The Truth About Why We Get Baby Fever

cute babyDisclaimer: I am not a scientist. (I don't even play one on TV.) But as a woman and two-time mom, I still think I'm qualified to say that the results of a recent study on the scientific basis for baby fever are off-base. I can tell you exactly where baby fever comes from, and it's not what researchers think.

Don't get me wrong; the people who did this study got a couple of details right, it's just that they missed the Big Baby Fever Picture. In my opinion, that's because they were looking for psychological factors ... when baby fever is anything but all in your mind.


If you've experienced true baby fever, you know what I'm talking about. It's a hormonal condition, not an intellectual one.

According to the study, there are three factors that predict how much a person will want a baby: Positive exposure (like being around cute babies), negative exposure (like being around screaming babies), and potential trade-offs (whether you'd have to give up something you really want, like a dream job, to have babies).

I'm not saying those things don't influence someone's decision on whether or not to have a child, but "now's a good time to have a baby" isn't the same thing as baby fever. Baby fever is when you hold a friend's infant and you could swear your ovaries start aching and your body temperature rises just a tiny bit. Baby fever is what happens when that unmistakable baby smell gives you a contact high. When the sound of a baby babbling makes you literally swoon.


Another thing about the study I don't agree with is the assumption that both women and men can get baby fever. No, no, no. Of course men can very much want to have babies. I suppose they can even desperately want to have babies.

But can they come down with a legit case of baby fever?

Without a hefty dose of estrogen therapy, I'm gonna say it's a long shot.

Do you think baby fever is in your mind or your uterus?


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