From the ed­i­tor

HE­LEN SCHÖER

Your Pregnancy - - Contents -

Early last night I called my chil­dren out­side to look at the full moon. They wouldn’t budge. Too cold out­side! So I stood there alone for a lit­tle while won­der­ing how many ba­bies were be­ing born in Jo­han­nes­burg as the moon shone over­head. Then my feet got cold and I went in­doors to check if there is any truth to the be­lief that more ba­bies are born dur­ing a full moon. Ap­par­ently it hasn’t re­ally been stud­ied yet, but anec­do­tal ev­i­dence from ma­ter­nity wards is well re­ported: the full moon re­ally seems to make ba­bies come! I’m gen­er­ally a very sci­en­tif­i­cally minded per­son but as I get older I find I’m get­ting more com­fort­able with al­ter­na­tive ex­pla­na­tions for things that sci­ence can’t al­ways de­scribe or pre­dict best. The mo­ment when labour starts is one of those. You can work out due dates and mea­sure all kinds of things in minute de­tail, but no-one re­ally knows how to fig­ure out ex­actly when your baby will come. How won­der­fully mys­te­ri­ous! Maybe sci­en­tists will fig­ure it out one day and you’ll be able to book your hos­pi­tal bed for an ex­act date, but in the mean­time my ad­vice is to em­brace the ex­cite­ment and mys­tery of not re­ally know­ing. Un­til that mag­i­cal day comes, lose your­self in our won­der­ful win­ter is­sue. Oh, and please let us know if your baby ar­rived with the full moon!

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