25th June 2012 | by MFC Team
New research suggests that both men and women experience “baby fever”
Generally, “baby fever” – the emotional and physical phenomenon involving sudden and extreme urges to have a baby – has been viewed as something that happens to women rather than men. However, a recent study of 1100 adults (including 211 men) found that some men also experience an overwhelming desire to have children. Not surprisingly, the researchers found baby fever was more commonly reported by women than men. Interestingly, with age baby fever increased for the men in the study, whereas for women, it seemed to peak in their 20s and decline as they got older.
The biggest predictor of baby fever in this study was whether or not someone had “positive exposure” to a baby (like spending time with a cute niece or nephew). Negative exposure (crying babies, tantrums, etc.) was more likely to turn people off having children – thereby reducing the likelihood of baby fever.
Read more about baby fever:
What sets off your biological clock? Teeny tiny sneakers [The Globe and Mail]
Read the abstract to the research study here.