I appreciate that the author acknowledged the one simple fact that the media, government and medical community, particularly the public medicine sector, never seem willing to admit as regards human beings and health: Simple answers are almost always, ultimately, wrong answers. The evolution of human beings has been incredibly complex, and it’s rare to find a single animal species that has managed to occupy and function in as many habitats as human beings. As such, human physiology rarely admits to singular operation. When it comes to pregnancy, we know that that the bodies of a mother and the fetus behave both cooperatively and antagomistically, making matters even complicated. Layer in the social factors that directly and indirectly affect human health and reproduction, and you have fewer and fewer generalities that apply to individual cases. As such, it may be at least or even more productive to look at the individual to consider what is and is not applicable to groups, and at what degree of association, than it is to generalize and then make endless exceptions.
from the fact that hunter-gatherers tend to have no more than one child every four years, the same as our chimpanzee and gorilla relatives, I have drawn the conclusion that the high birthrate of settled peoples is another negative side-effect of our invention of agriculture (which I call the Original Sin). Closely-spaced pregnancies wear women out, particularly if they get inadequate food and rest. Often, women become anemic, which leads to excessive bleeding at childbirth–frequently resulting in maternal death, if adequate medical care isn’t available. (also: closely-spaced siblings aren’t often pleased–the older child is jealous, the younger sometimes underfed, if the mom keeps nursing the older sibling. Children who are at least four when a new child arrives are weaned, house-broken, verbal, tend to have friends, and can actually be helpful)
In my personal family history, my mom had her first child at 38, and reached menopause at 40; I got pregnant first at 17, had my last child at 33, and was still menstruating a few years ago (I am 62). I had 3 abortions, 3 live births, and one 5-month-along miscarriage, which could have cost me my life. I nursed my daughters until they each were 3–my poor son got deprived of my milk when I got pregnant when he was 5 months old, got some more ages 10-19 months, when I got pregnant with his younger sister–he is still, at age 31, susceptible to the ear infections that plagued his formula-fed childhood–his sisters might have gotten one ear-infection apiece as children. If I was an illiterate peasant whose last child was born in 1916, like my Cossack grandma, I would also have had 9 children or more. Instead, I was an educated American middle-class kid who graduated high school in 1972. Roe v Wade was passed right before I had my first abortion. One way or the other, the state paid for my OB-GYN care all my reproductive life, birth control, abortions and a hospital birth (we paid cash to the lay midwives present at my oldest child’s birth at home; my son’s dad was the midwife at his birth at home)
I am in pretty good health at 62; my step=children’s mother is in exemplary health at 80–she bore her first child at 25 and her sixth at 43. (she also doesn’t smoke, use other drugs except maybe pot, and drinks only occasionally)
I have also born 8 children (1999-2013) with 2 miscarriages in between and just turned 40. My body is tired, but I think that is related to back -to-back pregnancies with minimal recuperation as well as the fact I live where it rains a LOT and I dont feel like I can get out and exercise as much.
But overall- I have wonderful pregnancies and I haven’t aged. I look like I did when I was 22 and people constantly comment on how I look like an older sister to my 18 yr old.
Everyone out there, this duplicitous Senator
Changed her mind today and cast a vote that will lead the way for the collapse of Medicaid and jeopardize the lives of children and elderly who need medical attention.
Yell, “Shame” over and over! She deserves
ridicule and foulness because of her horrible action.
Senator Shelley Capito
i have eight children 1992-2016 i never go to the doctor dont need to im fighting fit feel same now with my six month old as i did 24 years ago.i smoke drink and laugh all the time something like the happiness factor surely should play a part in all theese calcululations!
Thank you for this fascinating article. In my experience of bearing nine children (1996-2014), I have felt physically depleted; truly, in college I was an inch taller and ten pounds heavier. However, this challenge to my physical health, along with the incredible sense responsibility to remain vital into my golden years, has motivated me to seek the healthiest lifestyle possible. I cannot kid myself about aging like many of my friends and family, thus I’ve adopted a centenarian lifestyle early and am reaping the benefits!
how old are you sarah?
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