Did a Full Moon Cause a Baby Boom?
A Sacramento, California, hospital saw an exceptionally high number of births last weekend -- a whopping 45 babies were born there in 48 hours! Sutter Memorial’s huge baby boom kept doctors and nurses working around the clock, and a hospital spokesperson reportedly said the stat may be a record high for the Sacramento area. The kicker? A full moon was in effect at the time, and some believe that the lunar activity had something to do with the labor and delivery extravaganza. According to Discovery Health, a full moon may affect births because its gravitational pull causes high tides; since the human body is made up of 80 percent water, added gravity may speed up mom’s labor. Sound crazy? Remember: Menstruation and ovulation follow the lunar cycle, so maybe it’s not such an outrageous idea. Of course, several research studies suggest lunar activity has no effect on birth, and wouldn’t every hospital have seen a surge if this was true? Regardless, we’d like to give a big congrats to all the new mamas and their babies -- and a virtual pat on the back for the doctors and nurses who delivered all of them in such a short period of time!
Do you think the full moon could’ve caused the baby boom in Sacramento?
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