Maternal instincts


In today’s modern society more and more women are choosing to not have children. Something which I believe is the own personal choice of the said individual and honestly I don’t really have much of an opinion on it, the choice I mean, not the subject itself. Otherwise I wouldn’t have written this post. Although these are more general wonderingments rather than actual opinion.

I don’t think it’s weird to not have children and I would never question why a happy couple, married or not, didn’t have children. It is completely none of anyone’s business.

I was pondering the situation of people choosing not to have children and it made me thunk about the maternal instincts of women. I understand that some women have never ย felt these ‘instincts’ or at least never felt maternal towards anything. Surely this can’t be the case for all women who don’t have or want children. Biologically there must be something going on.

The way I felt towards people and things before I gave birth was completely different to how I felt afterwards. The change was almost instantaneous. Like the need to protect and nurture. I also developed a stronger sense of empathy, although I believe this is something that changes within us anyway over time as we get older and see more of the world, or at least start paying more attention to it.

As women and couples are choosing to not have children, other bonds are being made like never before. We have always been a nation of animal lovers but this is becoming more abundant, especially since we have the means to share the love so quickly via social media.

I love our fur babies and scaly baby, I don’t love them as much as I love my son or my partner, but there is a definite bond there. I nurture and protect them, I feed them and talk to them, I worry when I think there’s something wrong and I cried when our rats and gerbils died. Obviously I know the loss of losing one of your non-human family is no where near the devastation felt when a person you love dies but they are still irreplaceable, at least I think so. They all have their own personalities and that can never be duplicated.

Although I have no comparison because I’ve never been this age, with this emotional capacity and not had a child, so I’m only going on what I know. I don’t know if my maternal instincts and my emotions towards people and animals would be different or if I would have just developed this way without being a Mum. Surely these types of feelings and emotions can be triggered in some other way. When people adopt children do they instantly change or is it something that has been dormant in them since they made the decision to adopt?

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The thing with feelings is that you can’t explain the strength of them to someone or explain exactly how it feels because it will be different for everyone. This was just something I was pondering recently and as this is my ‘random wonderingments I thought I would share. Your thoughts are very welcome, feel free to let me know what you think ๐Ÿ™‚


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Published by Kate

I write, therefore I am. I spend my days writing, wondering what to write, being creative and generally being awesome ๐Ÿ˜Š Welcome to my world, won't you come on in? xx

2 thoughts on “Maternal instincts

  1. I wonder about this too. I’ll never have children, being a child was the worst experience of my life and so many horrible things happened to me that I can’t even babysit without worrying myself ill that this kid is going to find an electrical socket, a gallon of bleach, and creepy uncle Marvin in the 60 seconds it takes me to go pee and they are unattended lol But Yea, I wonder at that love, does it feel different?

    1. For some strange reason WP decided to spam your comment and I’ve only just seen it! I am so sorry. I have so many different types of love. Love for my boyfriend, love for my pets, love for cake. There has never been a feeling come close to how much love i felt when my son was born. It’s overwhelmingly strong. The closest anything has even come to it has been falling in love with my boyfriend. I hope that answered what you were asking because this post was many days ago and I’ve slept since then! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you didn’t think I was ignoring you! x

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