On Sept. 22, the hours of light and dark will be the same and the shift of the seasons occur, moving from summer to fall if you live in the Northern hemisphere. This phenomenon is the fall equinox, and it will be upon us soon. If you're pregnant, you may be wondering how the fall equinox affects your pregnancy. Will the shift in seasons cause you to go into labor?
Forever Conscious described the equinox as a time when "the trees are getting ready to shed their leaves and let go of all the old in order to prepare for winter," which is kinda symbolic of you shedding that extra person inside of you and starting a new chapter, am I right? "Many years ago, the equinox was considered to be a highly sacred and potent time of change," the website noted, and "it comes as a reminder that we all change and that transformation is natural and a normal part of life." And giving birth is definitely a transformation. So how fitting should you give birth during the fall equinox.
But does the fall equinox actually cause labor? Not really, unfortunately.
Another natural phenomenon that occurs around the fall equinox is the Harvest Moon. As I’m sure you’ve heard from your memaw, granny, grandma, and even your own mom, it’s been thought that a full moon causes women to go into labor. And while I know that if you're at the end of your pregnancy, you're hoping beyond hope that this is true, it’s not, according to Duke University. “Over the years, many researchers have sought to determine whether more babies are born during full moons than at other times of the month — often with contradictory or inconclusive results," the article noted. "Duke’s R. Phillips Heine, MD, and Amy MacDonald, CNM, MSN, says this particular bit of folklore is a myth, in their opinion." MacDonald said in the article that this myth has perpetuated so long because there are a lot of "belief systems and cultures around the world linking the cycle of the moon and women’s fertility.” Ain’t that the truth? However, one thing that has been “proven” that does have to do with the weather and nature are storms. This is because of the change in barometric pressure, according to Macdonald.
So unless there’s storm coming on Sept. 22 or 23, it will probably be a coincidence that you went into labor during the fall equinox. But just because you won’t go into labor doesn’t mean your pregnancy won’t be affected in other ways.