Date: Wed Apr 18 15:13:41 2007

Author: Jerry DiMarco

Subject: Re: Mucous Plug Physics

I agree. Without being able to read the article, the only thing we
can say is that there is an association, no cause and effect has been
shown. Stress could certainly be a factor, and there was no mention of the
mucous plug. It is also significant that the pregnancies were already full
term. There are other studies as well, including some looking at the
effect of a full moon, but I couldn't read any of those without paying for
the privilege.
One thing I could read for free was some chat on the topic. Many of
the comments were from believers in the change in pressure and full moon
effects. Most of those sounded quite emotional about the topic (a
hurricane was approaching at the time). There was one woman though who saw
the bigger picture and wondered if it wasn't all the worry and stress that
caused the onset of labor. That sounds more believable...


At 12:59 PM 4/18/2007, you wrote:
>Look at the abstract on the second article. Their conclusion was
>that the difference was not "clinically" significant.
>I'm willing to accept the correlation with barometric pressure. But
>I'm more likely to believe that being startled from sleep at 1:am by
>the sound of thunder is the more direct cause. And I'd also suspect
>that the weather effects answers to such questions as, "Should we go
>to the hospital now?"
>All the nurses around here will tell you that the phase of the moon
>effects delivery dates. I'm more willing to believe that it
>influences the conception date. But I've never seen any good
>statistic on that either.
>On Apr 18, 2007, at 12:39 PM, Richard Berg wrote:
>>I still have a hard time believing it. Did they check things such
>>as excitement or worry about the weather, etc., in causing tension
>>and thus leading to premature onset of childbirth?
>>On Wed, 18 Apr 2007, Edward Sabol wrote:
>>>on point link


Jerry DiMarco
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Montana State Univ., Physics Dept.
Bozeman, MT

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