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Sorry, moms-to-be, I've got some bad news. A new study indicates that having a baby boy may wind up shortening your life span, because being pregnant with a boy is harder on your body than carrying a girl.
The research was conducted at the University of Turku in Finland and published in the Royal Society Journal Biology Letters. Public records of the post-reproductive survival of over 11,000 women in pre-industrial Finland were examined, and the results were pretty interesting, to say the least.
The study found that moms who had sons lived an average of eight-and-a-half months less than those who bore daughters.
(Well isn't that just great.)
So based on these findings, those of us who have little boys can probably say goodbye to the world almost a year earlier than moms who are blessed with sugar, spice, and everything nice.
Geez. Boy pregnancies are really that much more taxing than girl pregnancies? Who'da thunk it?
The theory goes something like this -- boys are typically heavier inside the womb, and they grow faster. And then there's the whole testosterone thing -- which supposedly weaken's the mother's immune system.
It's important to note that the women who were looked at were from a long time ago -- between the 17th and 20th centuries. Nowadays we have access to proper pre-natal care along with a whole host of other technological luxuries, but the study is still pretty fascinating, nonetheless.
And now all I want to do is compare my pregnancy to the pregnancies of my friends who had girls to see if I really did have more of a strain on my body than they did.
Hmm. I did gain 50 pounds, which is more weight than a lot of them put on. And I did have a really long labor and delivery, compared to some of my friends who gave birth to girls in a matter of an hour or two. Wait a minute -- now that I think about it -- it also seemed to take me a lot longer to bounce back from pregnancy than some of my "girl mom" friends.
OMG. Maybe carrying and giving birth to a baby boy really will wind up being the death of me.
Oh well -- there are definitely worse ways to go.
Are you having a boy? Does your pregnancy seem especially tough?
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