OMG. Pregnant women who have a due date that is on or around February 29 are probably shaking in their boots right now about whether or not they will wind up having a leap year baby. And while it might seem like kind of a cool and unique thing to some, my guess is that plenty of other moms will see having a baby born on leap year as just one more thing to completely stress out over as the child grows up.
In most cases, you're at the mercy of Mother Nature when it comes to what day your baby makes his/her entrance into the world. However, more and more women are starting to schedule their births just like any other major event on their calendars. And while inducing labor isn't exactly the most natural way of going through delivery, I'd totally do it to avoid having a baby born on February 29. Because it would really suck to have a leap year baby.
Can you even begin to imagine the stress that goes along with having a child's actual birthday only fall once every four years? I mean -- birthday parties are tough enough to try and set a date for when your kid has a "normal" one that falls on the same day every year. But how exactly do you choose which day to celebrate on with a leap year baby? Is the kid's birthday on February 28 or March 1? Or somewhere in between?
And don't even get me started on the potential teasing at school that could go down once your leap year baby grows up. What is he supposed to say when the other kids ask him how old he is? Somehow I think it must be kind of tough for a kindergartner to explain that even though he's technically 5 years old, he's actually only 1-and-a-half or so because his birthday only shows up once every 4 years. That's confusing enough for an adult to try and comprehend, let alone a kid.
Without a doubt, pregnant women who are checking into the hospital to be induced today are definitely making the right move. If there was ever a good reason to induce labor, then avoiding a lifetime of stress and confusion over your chlid's birthday absolutely takes the cake.
Would you want to be induced to avoid having a leap year baby?
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