Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Can Pregnancy Be Addicting? Some Dr.'s Say Yes!
While having babies isn't addictive in the way that alcohol and narcotics can be, some believe that 'bumpaholics' feel compelled to procreate for many of the same reasons that substance abusers turn to booze or drugs.
Psychologists say some women may reproduce quickly after a new baby because they are insecure, crave attention, or feel abandoned by their own parents.
The baby fix can become a cycle. When an infant becomes a more independent toddler, "the mom may feel abandoned and act quickly to fill the void again with a new baby who will rely upon her and her partner and define their lives," Dr. Lieberman says.
Some women love the constant attention you garner from others when you're bursting with child. The rounder your belly gets, the more people take notice of you. In many respects, you become impossible to ignore.
Spouses and partners dote on you, gladly delivering soup at 10 a.m. or antacids at 11 p.m. "My husband constantly rubbed and coddled me, and I ate it all up," says Liz Bustamante, a 39-year-old financial advisor from Forest Hills, N.Y., who has one child and is currently planning for the next. "And for the first time in my life, instead of feeling insecure about my body, I wanted to run around naked! I'd never felt sexier."
Magazines follow celebrity-bumps, and nude maternity portraits are a must do for celebs and women alike.
Pregnancy lets every woman be a star in her own world, and the rest of us are all too happy to shine the spotlight.After my son arrived, the intense love I felt made me want to have another baby. The euphoria that a new mom feels when she meets her baby is so amazing, it tricks you into doing it all over again.
The article goes on to say that the economics of having 2, 3 or 4 kids can cause these attention seeking moms to re-think their plans.