- Women's Health
Women Addicted to Being Pregnant-This Is A Severe Psychological Disorder!
The Phenomena of Pregnancy Addiction
There are women who incessantly get pregnant. They already have children to care for; however, these women believe in having yet more and more children. Psychologists and psychiatrists call this need "pregnancy addiction". According to these psychologists and psychiatrists, the constant need to get pregnant is much as an addiction as other types of addiction. Psychiatrists further maintain that the constant need to get pregnant is a mental disorder.
There are women who are so in love with being pregnant and having children that they often neglect the children they have already have. Women who are obsessed with becoming pregnant do so to fill a void in their lives. These women often do not have a job/career, friends, hobbies, and/or an outside life. They are oftentimes extremely lonely and believe that being perpetually pregnant fills this loneliness and void in their lives.
Women who continue to get pregnant do so in order to feel useful and worthwhile. These women furthermore believe that they are nothing without children. These women further assert that they feel more feminine and womanly when they are pregnant. Other women are obsessed with being pregnant because they receive adulation and are stars for the moment. They feel as if they are the centers of the universe.
However, many women incessantly become pregnant as an excuse not to pursue other interests such as a job, career, and/or further education. There are many women who do not want to interface with the outside world which they perceive as threatening and foreboding. They are comfortable being in the domestic sphere and they continuously get pregnant in order to avoid interfacing with the outside world.
There are some women who constantly become pregnant in order to salvage their marriages. They contend that their husbands will never leave a mother with lots of children. They further believe that being having children will cement their marriages. There are women who keep getting pregnant to avoid the empty nest syndrome which means that they have to interface with their husbands more. These women are afraid to be alone with their husbands so they keep getting pregnant in order to have children whom they believe will act as buffers between them and their husbands.
Keith Ablow, M.D., a Boston psychiatrist, maintains that women who are obsessed with being pregnant, often have underlying problems and they are often insecure. Dr. Ablow further asserted that they have the need to continuously get pregnant because of deep emotional and psychological issues i.e. whether it is dependency needs, the need for attention and adoration, and to avoid certain problems that they have.
There are women who constantly get pregnant because it is an emotional rush to them. Pregnancy releases oxytocin, the feel good hormone. When women are pregnant, they have healthy glow and appearance. There are many women who remark that they feel so good being pregnant; however, when the baby is born, they lose this feeling. They often wish to capture this feeling and do so by repeatedly becoming pregnant.
There are women who view pregnancy as an end all. They are in love with being pregnant; however, when the baby is born, it is often too much for these women to handle. There are women who are in love with the theoretical idea of pregnancy and the novelty of newborns. However, when the newborn becomes a toddler, they tire of him/her and want to get pregnant again and have another newborn, often neglecting the children they already have.
In conclusion, there are mothers who have an addiction to pregnancy. Many psychologists and psychiatrists classify this as a mental illness. There are reasons for this malady. Many women habitually become pregnant because of the attention and adulation they receive from others. They feel as if they are stars and goddesses for the moment.
There are mothers who continuously get pregnant to feel a sense of self-worth and to feel useful. These are still other women who only feel womanly and feminine when they are continuously pregnant. Many women become habitually pregnant to fill a void in their lives. These women often have neither careers nor other outside interests and they sublimate all this energy to becoming pregnant repeatedly.
Many women use the issue of being constantly pregnant to avoid the the "big and bad" outside world, feeling more comfortable and secure within the domestic sphere. There are many women who repeatedly get pregnant in order to hold their marriages together and to avoid the empty nest syndrome. Other women are obsessed with being pregnant because it makes them feel good.
There are some mothers who are in love with the idea of being pregnant and having newborns. However, when the newborn becomes a toddler, the novelty wears off and the mother loses the high and often becomes pregnant again with deleterious effects on her already existing children. Yes, these women do have a verifiable addiction. Furthermore, they have a mental illness but they do not know it. Children are treasured individualized human beings to be cherished and loved. They are not collectible items! Women who have a pregnancy addition should seek psychiatric treatment for this is a sickness as any other.
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