Large families ‘protect’ mother’s health

Posted By on December 6, 2011

From the Telegraph online:

Having four or more babies may be good for you, research has shown, as mothers of large families were less likely to die of a stroke….

Research involving 1300 women in California suggested those who had four or more children were one third less likely to due from cardiovascular disease. The majority of the effect seemed to result from the prevention of stroke, as mothers of large families were almost 50 per cent less likely to die of a stroke.

It may be that having higher levels of hormones associated with pregnancy circulating in the body for longer may leave lasting benefits on the body’s blood vessels, the researchers suggested.

It could also be that larger families offered greater social support to the mothers, or women that have more children are generally in better health, they said.

Fascinating. Read the full piece HERE.

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Mrs. Chancey is the mother of 12 children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.


9 Responses to “Large families ‘protect’ mother’s health”

  1. Jessie says:

    I just experienced my first miscarriage. The Dr. told me to wait at least 2 cycles before getting pregnant again. I am struggling because I don’t know if that is right or not. Plus I don’t want to test God by going oh He’ll protect me and then jump. Do you have any wise advice on this? That was my sweet 6th little one. My other 5 are with me. I know God is in control of all things I just don’t want to test Him.

  2. Jessie, scripture tells us that a husband is to “love his wife as he loves his own body” (Ephesians 5:28-29). This includes caring for the body through illness or injury. When a wife is seriously ill or has a condition that calls for abstinence for a time, a godly husband does not demand conjugal “rights” but lovingly cares for his wife’s body so that she may be well and whole. Martin Luther addressed this topic in his day when a male parishioner asked if God would forgive him for committing adultery because his wife was an invalid. Luther rebuked the man and told him that he needed to pray for God to give him the strength to remain faithful to his wife and to cherish and protect her during her illness rather than using her illness as an excuse to be sexually unfaithful. Your situation would be a time for a husband and wife to pray and fast together (I Cor. 7:5), asking God for healing and for the blessing of a child if that is His will. That’s not “testing God” but obeying Him.

  3. Francie Moore says:

    I am pregnant with triplets and I already have one child, which was delivered by a c-section. I am actually scared about experiencing childbirth. I could never tell my husband that. Do you have any advice?

  4. Francie, one of the best ways to overcome fear in childbirth is with knowledge. I have so often thanked my mother for giving me good books to read (starting when I was a teenager) about childbirth. Learning how the body was designed to function during birth and how to help labor along with good nutrition and natural techniques makes it much easier. I highly recommend Polly’s Birth Book by Polly Block (it’s focused mainly on home birth, but her helpful descriptions of pregnancy and labor are excellent–look for used copies on eBay). Also get Shonda Parker’s fantastic book, The Naturally Healthy Pregnancy (companion to The Naturally Healthy Woman), which gives tons of info on how to eat well during pregnancy and how to prepare for birth. Another very important factor in a good, worry-free birth is having physical and emotional support during labor. You can get this from a godly woman who specializes in birth support–we call them “doulas,” and they can play a vital role in having a stress-free labor and delivery, especially if your husband isn’t sure about how to participate or best support you. Your husband can also give this support, though, and you definitely need to talk to him about your fears so you can pray and prepare together. The very best book I’ve found on how husbands can support their wives through labor and delivery is Husband-Coached Childbirth by Robert Bradley and Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg.

    Since you will be giving birth to triplets, I am sure your doctor has already made the decision for a c-section (particularly as your first was by c-section). This doesn’t have to be a frightening experience, either. Doctors are there for “complicated” births to ensure both mother and babies come through fine. I had twins naturally, but I delivered in the c-section room just in case anything went wrong. There were four nurses there to help my babies as soon as they were born, and my excellent OB did a fantastic job of getting us through complication-free. I recommend What If I Have a C-Section? by Rita Rubin and Mark Landon to navigate you through this experience with triplets.

    I pray this information is helpful. May the Lord help you prepare to welcome these three precious children!

  5. Francie Moore says:

    Yes, my doctor has made plans for a c-section, however he thinks that I may be able to deliver naturally.

  6. Francie Moore says:

    I am 30 weeks pregnant and since triplets are usually born premature, I should be delivering in 2 or 3 weeks

  7. I went nine days overdue with twins, so you never know! I’ll be praying for a healthy and safe delivery!

  8. Francie Moore says:

    Thank you!

  9. Jessie says:

    @ Mrs. Chancey thank you so.. much. Me and my Husband had already decided to do that. He was so… very sweet to me. He has done what you said in your above statement. He has not in one minute, wanted anything from me. He said it wouldn’t be right for him to :0)

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