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If men can change hormonally when their wife is pregnant through the pheromones being released, then why not a toddler or a child? Can the Mexican and Honduran belief that toddlers can sense the sex of the baby and demonstrate different behaviors before the birth of the baby, be true? Can a toddler and father unknowingly detect the sex of the new baby before the baby is born and both act differently toward the mother in ever so slight ways? Can a mother do harm to her toddler by forcing upon them societies ways while the toddler is fighting the hormonal changes that they cannot control and all the while the mother is causing emotional damage to the toddler that can last for years to come? In my opinion, I believe the answer to all of these questions is a strong yes.

The following is my newly derived theory. I cannot find evidence online to support my case however I have found plenty of sites stating that the father is affected by the pheromones, such as I wrote about a few months back, and that dogs and cats can sense when a woman is pregnant. But nothing in terms of the affect the pheromones play on children especially toddlers. I can’t believe how little information there is out there regarding toddlers and pregnancy. I was able to find one doctor that did state that newborns release pheromones and that it is good to have your toddler around them as this will increase bonding. Dr. Laura Markham states that, “Bonding experts say that babies’ heads give off pheromones, and when we inhale them, we fall in love, and begin to feel protective. The more your older child snuggles the new sib, the better their relationship is likely to be.” So, we know that once the baby is born the toddler can pick up the pheromones and bond with the baby, but what about while the baby is still in the womb?

In trying to better understand this I started researching the chemical changes in a woman and the hormones that are produced while pregnant and the chemical Oxytocin stands out above the rest. Oxytocin is produced in both males and females and “is a hormone that is released from the brain (it is created in the posterior pituitary and travels down to the hypothalamus where it was released) in response to instincts about love and forming social bonds. Oxytocin is also released from the ovaries of women and the testes of men which makes sense since it is also released during sexual orgasms.” It also is present throughout pregnancy and increases near the end of pregnancy giving a woman contractions (the synthetic version of pitocin is given to induce labor). Oxytocin continues to be produced and is the maternal chemical that bonds the mother to the baby when a vaginal delivery is performed. A baby will miss out on some of the oxytocin surges if a mother has a C-section and if a mother does not nurse her baby. “By influencing maternal behavior and stimulating milk “let down” (allowing milk to flow) during nursing, oxytocin helps make the first attempts at breastfeeding feel natural. Attempts at nursing during the initial hour after birth cause oxytocin to surge to exceptional levels in both mother and baby. Mothers who postpone nursing lose part of the ultimate hormone high provided for immediately after birth. Powerful initial imprinting for mother and baby is intended to occur chiefly so that mother and baby will be able to find and recognize each other in the hours and days after birth. Beyond birth, mother continues to produce elevated levels of oxytocin as a consequence of nursing and holding her infant, and the levels are based on the amount of such contact. This hormonal condition provides a sense of calm and well being. Oxytocin levels are higher in mothers who exclusively breastfeed than in those who use supplementary bottles. Under the early influence of oxytocin, nerve junctions in certain areas of mother’s brain actually undergo reorganization, thereby making her maternal behaviors “hard-wired.” As long as contact with the infant remains, oxytocin causes mother to be more caring, to be more eager to please others, to become more sensitive to other’s feelings, and to recognize nonverbal cues more readily.”

Not only does oxytocin production affect the mother and newborn but it also affects the father. With men being affected by the pheromones the female is producing, they too are affected by this chemical and can bond more with the baby due to the baby producing oxytocin and releasing it. Fathers will bond more by holding the baby as oxytocin is released by physical touch, hugging and skin to skin contact especially with a newborn. In light of how key oxytocin is in maternal instincts and bonding with a newborn during and after pregnancy, why then would a child or toddler not be affected by the hormonal changes going on within the mother during a pregnancy? Why wouldn’t they pick up on chemical changes and be either more or less clingy to you? Can you cause harm to your child by denying them the chemical responses they are experiencing?

My theory begins tomorrow. Tune in then to see why I believe in my new findings even if I have no firm medical support to back up my theory. It all makes sense when you break it down.

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