Will the supermoon send you into labor this weekend?


Melissa Byers

posted in Mom Stories

A full moon gets the blame for so many things. It makes us act crazy, crime rates go up, and some believe it can also be responsible for baby booms.

It’s an old wives’ tale we’ve all heard. A full moon ups your chances of going into labor. I’ve heard stories of women delivering in hospital hallways and nurseries overflowing with babies, all born based on the influence the full moon had over their arrival date. So the question begs to be asked. Will the supermoon make it even more likely you’ll go in labor this weekend?

Third trimester moms in BabyCenter’s community are buzzing about the topic. Some are excited and others are afraid. What exactly is a supermoon? Here is a quick breakdown, courtesy of NASA.

The scientific term for the phenomenon is “perigee moon.” Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon’s orbit. The Moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side (“perigee”) about 50,000 km closer than the other (“apogee”).  Full Moons that occur on the perigee side of the Moon’s orbit seem extra big and bright.

Source: NASA.gov

That’s right. A supermoon is merely a full moon with better positioning. The article goes on to say that this spectacle of lunar delight is not terribly uncommon. There will be another two in 2014, with the August 10th phase being called an “extra-supermoon.”

And what does research say about the increase in births in the days surrounding a full moon? Sadly, there is no connection. The theory was that an assumed increased gravitational pull from the moon would cause a baby to drop and, perhaps, break your water.

Don’t be too disappointed, moms. We’ll still send you loads of fast labor vibes and be fully prepared to excuse any wacky behavior that may, or may not, have been caused by this supermoon. BabyCenter has your back.

Did you give birth during a full moon? Are you hoping this could be your weekend?

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