Baby fever is real. I don't think that this is news to the men and women who have experienced it. It's the gut wrenching feeling that is so overwhelming that when you see a baby you want to scream, "My ovaries hurt!" Now there is proof for the people who have yet to have that ache in their gonads. The researchers were able to sort out and refute some common theories, like it's "time" to have a baby, a.k.a. the biological clock; it's what "women do;" and more. But they did find that being around babies, at least in a positive manner, the seeing, smelling and hearing babies being cute, made it more likely for people to want to have a baby. Interestingly enough, the opposite was also true - being around diapers, baby spit up and the negatives made people want to keep their reproduction in check. And lastly the rational thoughts (Who would have thought?) did play a part. So if you think, "I'm finishing college." or "We need a house first." You're more likely to wait.
As a mother of eight kids, I can certainly say that I have had baby fever. Have you ever experienced baby fever?
Emotional regulation of fertility decision making: What is the nature and structure of "baby fever"? Brase, GL; Brase, SL. Emotion, Aug 15, 2011. doi: 10.1037/a0024954
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