14 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Pregnancy
Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life. You are growing another human inside of you—it’s crazy when you think about it!
And with this unbelievable change happening in your body, there are bound to be a few interesting side effects that come a long with it. We’ve gathered up the most interesting facts about pregnancy that we bet you didn’t know, just to help you prepare for the 9+ month journey ahead.
1. You think you’re going to the bathroom a lot? Mid-way through your second trimester, your little baby-to-be will be urinating about a litre per day in utero. The weird part: after they pee, they actually drink it!
2. Embrace that pregnant glow mama, because it’s a real thing! While pregnant, the amount of blood in your body increases by 50%. This extra blood shows through the skin in many different places, including the cheeks. Also you’re overactive oil glands give you a softer, shinier appearance. Increased blood + overactive oil glands = pregnancy glow.
3. This increased blood flow is also responsible for an increase in bloody noses during pregnancy and can also cause your gums to bleed.
4. As you get close to the end of your pregnancy, the placenta will produce more estrogen in a single day than a non-pregnant woman would produce over the course of three years!
5. It is possible to be pregnant for over a year. Sorry. Did I freak you out? While most pregnancies last approximately nine months, the longest pregnancy on record was 375 days long. But don’t fret, this case occurred in 1945; now-a-days moms are induced after being a few weeks overdue.
6. There are a ton of old wives tales to induce labour, but there is only one scientifically proven method, nipple stimulation, known as “The comfort technique”.
7. While some old wives tales are just that, moms who experience heartburn when they are pregnant are more likely to have a baby with a full head of hair. The higher levels of oestrogen and progesterone that stimulate hair growth are also known to relax the oesophagus, causing acid reflux aka heart burn.
8. Take about being backed up. A baby starts to make its first poo—called meconium—at around 21 weeks’ gestation. But, it won’t pass until after the baby is born.
9. It is pretty common for pregnant women to hear “Everything you eat the baby eats.” But did you know that your baby can actually taste some of the food you eat? Strong flavours like garlic and onion can be passed through the amniotic fluid into the womb.
10. Your uterus will expand more than 500 times its normal size over the course of your pregnancy.
11. For every 2,000 babies born, one of those babies will be born with a tooth.
12. Over the past twenty years, more baby boys were born (in America) than baby girls. But, women still outnumber men in population. Go figure.
13. The sound of a baby crying can cause new moms and pregnant women to lactate. It doesn’t even have to be the sound of their own child—any baby will do.
14. You’re contractions won’t stop after birth. (Sorry, again.) Most new moms have contractions for a few days after birth. The muscle cramps are a good thing though; they’re your body’s way of stopping excess blood loss.