When a man’s wife becomes pregnant, his own children are born
A man’s partner may become pregnant in the course of their relationship, a new study has found.
The new findings from the University of Sydney found that women who were expecting to become pregnant, had already been with a partner for longer than expected, or who were already pregnant and still had one child were significantly less likely to become mothers compared to those who had not been pregnant.
The study also found that having a child while pregnant could have a negative impact on a woman’s overall quality of life.
Women who were pregnant were also significantly less willing to share information about their pregnancies with their partners.
The research also found women who reported they were expecting a child were more likely to be “very anxious and upset” and to report lower levels of self-esteem and depression.
The findings were published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) says it has recorded a record number of births in 2016, with about 14,000.
This is up from 12,000 in 2015.
The ABS says women who are pregnant and are not ready to become parents are more likely than others to experience emotional distress and poor health outcomes.
In 2016, there were 5.1 million babies born in Australia, which is a 10% increase on the previous year.