Growing another human being in your body sounds so unreal and mysterious. Well, pregnancy is a mystery. Here are 33 WTF facts about pregnancy that will blow your mind. We have listed 33 but there are many that are not yet known. After all, it’s not so easy to decipher all aspects of such a wonderful creation by God.
Your blood levels increase to 50% when you are pregnant. This blood circulation is the reason that you actually GLOW during pregnancy. Yess! Pregnancy Glow is real and it has a reason behind it.
Your uterus expands to 500 times the original size while you are pregnant. In the first trimester, the uterus is as big as a grape; in the second trimester, it’s as big as a papaya and in the third trimester it grows to the size of a watermelon.
You grow an entire organ called Placenta in the process of making a new human. Placenta helps in the transport of blood and nutrients to the baby from the mother’s body.
Central Africa has the highest rate of twin births than any other country. Asia and Latin America rank the lowest when it comes to twin birth rate.
Babies can actually taste the food that the mothers eat while in the womb.There have been studies that have shown that doctors did smell garlic in amniotic fluid right after birth when the mother ate garlic a few hours before childbirth. A study a Babies can taste the food their mothers eat in the womb. Strong flavours like garlic can pass through the amniotic fluid in the womb, and a study showed that babies whose mothers drank a lot of carrot juice displayed a preference for carrot juice themselves.
Ultrasounds have shown that babies bounce up and down when the mother laughs.
There are many quirky baby movements that a baby can do while in the womb like licking the uterine wall, waving hello, holding hands etc.
9 in 10 women experience a change in skin tone during pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones especially androgen and melanin can really mess up with your skin texture and appearance. Pigmentation, acne etc. can really change your skin’s consistency and color.
Your heart actually grows during pregnancy. There is an increase in blood circulation by 50%. So naturally, your heart works harder and pumps more blood around the body for that growing baby!
Three out of 4 women develop a linea nigra during pregnancy. The linea nigra is a dark, vertical line that runs down the abdomen. Linea Nigra is also because of production of melanin during pregnancy. Sometimes it goes away after birth and other times it just stays, maybe lightens up a little bit.
Three times as many women, about 1 in 3, will give birth through Cesarean than was reported 10 years ago. The C-section rate in India is as high as 50% in some states in India. And private hospitals perform thrice as much as C-section delivery than government hospital.
Fetal stem cells can migrate through the placenta into the mother’s organs, including the heart, kidney, skin, muscle, thyroid, and lungs. These cells can help repair tissue, prevent cancer, or spark immune disorders.
Globally, one woman dies every 90 seconds in pregnancy or in childbirth, amounting to over 350,000 women every year. Most of these deaths are preventable.
“Pregnancy brain” is not a myth. During the last two trimesters, pregnant women perform worse on spatial memory tests than non-pregnant women. Yes, the brain actually decreases to 3–5% of its size. Don’t worry it goes back to the normal size after delivery.
The force inside a woman’s uterus during a contraction is 397 pounds of pressure per square foot.
A human body can bear up to 45 del of pain. Yet, at the time of childbirth, a woman experiences 57 del of pain. This is equivalent to the pain of 20 bones getting fractured at the same time.
The first time a woman delivers a child, the pelvic bone will actually separate in the middle. The cartilage in the middle part of the pelvis never really goes back together again.
Couvade syndrome, or sympathetic pregnancy, occurs when a partner of a pregnant woman experiences pregnancy symptoms, such as weight gain, morning sickness, altered hormone levels, labor pains and even breast growth. It has been documented in dads around the world.
Babies in utero develop hair all over their bodies called lanugo. It looks like a fur coat. It is very thin and unpigmented. Babies usually shed this hair before they are born. It’s the first type of hair that is grown from hair follicles.
The country with the highest fertility rate is Niger (6.89 children per woman). On the other hand, The country with the lowest is Singapore (0.8 children per woman).
There are more than 10 million cases of Postpartum Depression in India. Imagine how the number would be like for the whole world. It’s high time we start considering mental issues at par with physical issues and break the stigma. Read: 5 Reasons to See a *Therapist* At Least ONCE After Childbirth – My Toothless
In utero, baby girls develop all of the reproductive eggs they will ever use. Baby boys don’t develop sperm until puberty.
Babies can feel your touch while in the womb. We often see pregnant mothers rubbing their bump by instinct. From around 4-5th month, rubbing the belly can actually relax both you and the baby. Some mothers can actually feel their baby reacting to the touch by moving or kicking.
Babies start differentiating between the sounds while in the womb. They love their mother’s voice. And this is the reason why they find it so soothing and relaxing after being born. This is also why playing any music that you used to listen to a lot while your baby was in your womb can be extremely helpful to calm her down.
The commonly heard midwife’s tale is true.Heartburn does result in a more hairy baby. The hormones – estrogen, and progesterone, that relax the esophagus and cause heartburn are the same ones responsible for hair growth.
Babies start to cry while in the womb. It’s the only form of communication they have after being born so they start practicing it while in the womb itself. Scientists have notices babies lower lips tremble in the ultrasounds when they are crying.
Pregnant Women are more prone to breakage of bones than an otherwise healthy woman. This is because of a hormone called Relaxin, which helps in softening and loosening the ligaments of the muscles that will stretch during labor and delivery.
Some babies are born with teeth at birth. Most of the time they have to be removed after birth if they create a problem in latching or risk a choking hazard.
Babies start to open their eyes while in the second trimester at around 28 weeks. The baby might not be able to see much but will react to light. So, if you will put a flashlight on your belly, your baby will move in the other direction.
Babies start practicing breathing as early as 9 weeks during pregnancy.
When a mother has reached full term, the placenta is producing as much estrogen in a day that a non-pregnant woman produces in 3 years of time.
You will have more chances of twins if you are tall. Yes, factors that affect the chances of twins include being a twin, 35 or over age, genetics and if you are tall.
Your skin stretches from 17 square feet to as much as 18.5 square feet during pregnancy.Stretch marks are because of this stretching of the skin.
Aren’t you stunned? There are many other common facts like your feet can grow up to one full shoe size and morning sickness doesn’t have to always happen in the morning. It’s so difficult to list down everything.
Pregnancy will always be so special to you. So, don’t forget to enjoy all your memories to the fullest till you hold your little cherub in your hands.