Cousins dating each other

Six years ago we realised we felt more for each other.

We decided it would be wrong to do anything and we both dated other people.

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Cousins dating each other

If you do genealogy, and your ancestors were in the USA west of the Atlantic seaboard before the Civil War, odds are you'll find at least one set of first cousins marrying in your tree. There was a brief span of time in the US (1870 - 1930 or so), after doctors started washing their hands and before birth control was popular, when women routinely had 8 - 12 children, most of whom lived to adulthood.

If that happened two generations in a row, one couple could have 8 - 12 children who married and produced 8 - 12 children in turn, giving the original couple 64 - 144 grandchildren.

Now a study by the National Society of Genetic Counselors says that having a child with your first cousin raises the risk of a significant birth defect from about 3-to-4 percent to about 4-to-7 percent.

According to the authors, that difference isn't big enough to justify genetic testing of cousin couples, much less bans on cousin marriage.

The inspiration for the “Winnie the Pooh” character Christopher Robin is the author’s real son, Christopher Robin Milne.

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