1. Method of delivery
The number of cesarian deliveries has increased by 30% over last 10 years.
2. Drinking urine
A baby urinates about a liter every day in the second half of the pregnancy, and drinks it.
3. Growing big
During the course of the pregnancy a woman’s uterus stretches to about 500 times its size. Imagine a peach and a watermelon.
4. Estrogen overload
Towards the end of pregnancy, amount of estrogen produced in a day equals the amount of estrogen produced over three years in a non-pregnant woman.
5. Big feet
During pregnancy the woman’s body retains extra fluid and water. This can cause the feet to grow as much as one full shoe size. An increase in the size of the heart is also noticed.
6. Be born
The longest pregnancy was recorded to be 375 days.
The probability of multiple births (twins, triplets etc.) increases for tall and overweight mothers.
8. You can smell everything
Pregnant woman develop a heightened sense of smell to keep away from food that would be bad for the baby.
9. Getting darker
About 90% of women experience a change in skin tone during pregnancy.
The foetus develops finger prints in the first trimester. Later on they develop nails as well.
11. Weighing trends
Studies suggest that the weight of new born babies is increasing over years.
12. You may bleed from other parts too
Your blood flow increases during pregnancy rendering your skin sensitive. You may experience occasional nosebleeds or bleeding gums.
13. Inducing labor
Only scientifically proven method to induce labor is to stimulate the nipples. It is also known as “the comfort technique”.
14. Mother’s pain
Some new mothers have reported lactating when they hear a baby cry. It does not even have to be their own baby.
15. First number two
Around 21st week of pregnancy the meconium begins to form, the baby’s first poo. It is passed only after birth.
16. Born with eggs
A girl baby is born with all the eggs they will ever use in their lifetime, but a boy doesn’t develop sperm until pregnancy.
1 in every 2000 babies is born with a tooth. Most of the time it has to be taken out soon after birth.
Orgasms are known to cause contractions towards the end of pregnancy.
19. All eggs are same size to begin with
A human egg is around 0.2mm at its start, and so is the egg of a rabbit, dog, pig and whales.
Post birth the mother loses hair at an alarming rate.
21. Be careful
A hormone called relaxin makes the bones soft in pregnant women, leaving them more vulnerable to broken bones. The actual purpose is to soften the joints so hips and pelvis can open up for birth.
22. Linea nigra
75% of women develop a dark vertical line that runs along their abdomen during pregnancy. It is called linea nigra. In some cases it disappears after child birth.
23. Pregnancy brain
Pregnant women tend to be forgetful, sometimes the phenomenon is known as “pregnancy brain”. It is caused due to decreased oxygen levels in blood.
24. Ritualistic behavior
Most mammals eat their placenta.
25. Baby hair
Foetus may develop hair all over the body called lanugo. However they shed them before birth.
26. Morning sickness
Although a popular phenomenon, does not always happen in the morning. Most women have it late afternoon or evening. And they do not necessarily get sick. They feel nauseous. It lasts for about 12-14 weeks and it is believed that the placenta begins to produce hormones of its own around this time.
Progesterone is a hormone which causes lethargy in pregnant women to prevent them from strenuous activity that would affect the developing foetus.Towards the end progesterone level drop to help initiate the labor.
Another hormone estrogen enlarges the breasts and prepares for lactation.
28. Skin marks
In the course of 9 months a woman’s skin stretches to 18.5 square feet from 17.
29. Center of attention
A pregnant woman has to get used to stares and smiles from strangers. People also want to touch your belly, feel the kicks.
30. Muscle woman
Studies suggest that a pregnant woman develops around 5% extra muscle. It might be to support the extra weight.
31. Preparation of lactation
Your breast start preparing for lactation from the very first day of pregnancy. This may be the cause for sensitive in the early days of pregnancy. Small glands enlarge and produce a lubricating fluid to prepare the breasts for breastfeeding. You might notice that you can see the blood vessels under the skin in your breast. This is due to increases blood supply.
32. Always hungry
Pregnancy boosts the metabolism to account for the increasing weight. The saying “eating for two” comes to mind. Your baby will absorb the nutrients it needs from your digested food, and your body gets the leftovers.
33. Talk to your baby
Experts believe that the baby can hear sounds while in the womb. The ears are fully formed in the first 4-5 months. Although the sounds will be muffled by the amniotic fluid, the baby may recognize a mother’s voice. Some believe it improves bonding between the mother and the baby.
34. Dreams may get scary
Most women complain of scary dreams and nightmares during their third trimester. There is no scientific explanation for this. However, psychologists suggest this may be how your subconscious deals with insecurities and fears about motherhood.
35. Don’t worry if you are depressed
Everyone expects pregnant women to radiate and be happy. This is not always the case. Along with everything going on in your body, there is the emotional side to deal with. It is normal to feel a little anxious or depressed. Get help if it persists.
36. Dealing with stress
Stress may have a bad effect on your baby. Studies show that stressed out mothers tend to have under weight babies.
37. Mothers feel hot
During pregnancy the blood flow increases, surface area of skin increases, blood is pumped faster. Due to all this the mothers feel extra hot and sweat more than others.
38. Placenta grows
By the time of birth, the placenta is one sixth of the baby’s weight.
39. Protection from infections
The placenta does not only nourish the baby, but also protects it from infections by passing mother’s antibodies to the foetus.
40. Pass the gass
The building up of gas is very common in pregnant women. You might consider drinking lots of water. It may help
41. Body becomes efficient in absorbing iron
Consuming food rich in iron is good during pregnancy. Eat red meat or green vegetables in accord with your eating habits.
42. You work out more than you know
Without going to the gym or a jog, you spend an extra 900kj each day to fuel your growing baby.
43. Tastes like metal?
As a result of hormones sometimes you may not taste your food. Or it tastes like metal.
44. Protein cravings
protein is needed to build your baby’s bones, muscles and skin. It is good to eat protein rich food like egg, milk etc. some women feel a craving from such food if there is a deficiency.
45. Sensitivity to sun
Many pregnant woman face a skin tone change and hence avoid sun. but vitamin D is essential for your foetus. Make sure you get this through food like fish, eggs etc.
46. Digestive system slows down
The food you eat is digested slowly so the nutrients can be absorbed well by the placenta. This may cause constipation or dry stool in the mother.
Toward the end of pregnancy the growing uterus is a crowd to intestines and stomach. This causes indigestion and heartburns in mother.
48. Super foods can help
Avocados, blueberries and apricots boost physical health and are considered good for pregnant women. Some foods like chia seeds are believed to ward off pregnancy related depression.
49. Turned on…always !!
Some women experience an increase in libido during pregnancy. This may be because the pelvic region is enlarged in blood leaving them extremely sensitive in that region. And if you are one of these women, sex is safe in a normal pregnancy. So, go for it. Your baby won’t be harmed.
50. Don’t worry if you bleed
The capillaries in your cervix are swollen and disturbed by intercourse they may bleed sometime. Do not worry if you notice some spotting during or after sex, especially in your first trimester. But do report it to your doctor, just to be safe.
51. Can’t breathe?
Because of your growing baby, the diaphragm cannot be brought down as much during inhalation. This leaves you with the distinct impression of difficulty in breathing.
52. You will breathe easy again
In the last few days to pregnancy the baby is dropped into the pelvis called lightening. This will make it easy to breathe again for the woman.
53. Acne pain
You may notice acne on your face, just like you used to get as a teenager. It is caused by hormones in your body. They will mostly disappear after first trimester.
54. Wrinkle free
Hormones may plump your skin, giving the impression that wrinkles are gone.
55. Sympathy pains
Sometimes the father feels the signs of pregnancy too. They may bloat up, get morning sickness or even feel cramps in their lower abdomen.
56. Glowing face
The extra blood circulating through your body may show up in your cheeks, making you look pink and healthy. Also your skin glands are more active, giving it a shiny look.
57. Skin changes
Majority of women face some form of skin pigmentation change. Some get freckles or spots. In extreme cases pregnancy mask.
58. Hairy body
Hormones prevent your hair from shedding. Not only that, they become thicker. Keep an eye on your face and arms. However, after pregnancy hair fall may just increase.
59. Overtime for kidneys
The mother has to not only eat for two but pee for two. To filter more blood and to discard more waste from body, kidney works more.
60. UTIs are common
Consult your doctor if you notice any blood, spots or pain, this may indicate an infection.
61. Secretions may increase
You may have more than usual vaginal secretions. Do not be alarmed. Go to your doctor if it is thick or smelly.
62. You can exercise
Your baby will not be harmed if you exercise during pregnancy. But keep it at a comfortable level. Do not over work.
63. You are more flexible
A hormone called relaxin makes your ligaments relax. Making your body more stretchy and flexible.
64. Keep away from loud noises
The baby may be startled by loud noises after 6-7 months. Try to avoid sudden loud noises.
65. Practice breathing
After 7 months, the baby’s lungs expands and compress just like breathing. Although they cannot breath in fluid dilled womb, they practice the movements.
66. Babies aren’t punctual
Only 5% of babies are born on the due date. Most of them are late.
67. Don’t rely on due date
Around 70% of the time doctors get it wrong. do not worry or raise your expectations.
68. 40 weeks isn’t nine months
The normal term of pregnancy is 40 weeks, which is 9 months and 7 days.
69. They don’t count from conception
You are likely to conceive while ovulating, which is 2 weeks after the first day of your period. And sue date is calculated from that first day of last period. So, technically you are not pregnant for 2 weeks of your 40 weeks.
70. It can go on and on
Pregnancy can last longer than 40 weeks. There have been cases where it lasted a little over a year.
71. You carry you grandchildren with your daughter
Every girl child is born with all her eggs. So if you are having a daughter she has her eggs, your grandchildren in you.
72. Rare but, orgasm is possible during childbirth
It is extremely rare, less than 3%. But studies have confirmed that it is possible to have an orgasm while giving birth.
73. Power naps help
You feel tired and it might be tempting to sleep longer, all the time even. But studies show that short naps of about 20-30 minutes each help more than hours of sleep. Sleeping longer may actually leave you more tired.
74. Dark lines
Some women get a dark line down your tummy around second trimester. It goes away within a year after birth.
75. See her yawning?
Babies can be seen to open and close the mouths in womb. Studies show that this is really a yawn.
76. Yawning is a good, not lazy
Do not take the yawning as a sign of boredom or laziness. It points to maturing of brain.
77. Carpal tunnel
Carpal tunnel runs from bottom of wrist to palm. It is a tunnel, as the name suggests. It can be under pressure due to swelling of your hand. it is not that severe and will pass.
78. Babies can smell
Research has revealed that babies can smell strong smells after 7 months. They also believe that the sense of smell is more prominent because the odours intensify inliquid medium.
79. Babies may dream
REM has been noticed sometimes in the womb. Experts believe they may be dreaming, but it is not confirmed.
80. Your eyesight may be affected
This will be temporary, so do not rush and change the prescription.
81. Your eye can change
Your eye shape may change due to swelling. If you use lenses, they may not fit any longer.
82. Sniff sniff
You produce more mucus. You nose will run, get sniffy. You may also get sinusitis and headaches.
83. Swelled gums
Another effect of increased blood flow is bleeding gums, and the occasional nosebleed.
84. Bra shopping
Your breasts grow, and you need to keep changing your bra size. Means more shopping.
85. Second trimester is the best
You will have nausea, tiredness in the first. The big bump, frequent urination and terror of child birth in the third. The middle time is the best when you can enjoy a mid-sized belly, looks from strangers. Feel relatively good.
86. You see it everywhere
You may feel like you see big bellies everywhere. Feel everyone is pregnant. It is just like seeing new haircuts if you have just had yours. You notice it more. It does not really mean it’s true.
87. You have changed
Studies show that woman’s brain actually changes during their pregnancy. Their right side is more active. It is suspected that it is a kind of preparation for motherhood.
88. Weird cravings
You may get all kinds of cravings. Some to fulfill a vitamin deficiency or some unhealthy ones. Pica is a condition where one craves things like mud, toothpaste, cigarette aches etc. contact your doctors if you happen to face them.
89. Balancing weight
Your big belly means you are actually in danger of falling on your face. To prevent this, your center of gravity changes. This can be observed as change in posture and may cause back ache.
90. You will have better orgasms
Increased blood flow to your pelvis region will ensure that your orgasms are more enjoyable, when you have them.
91. Cramps after orgasm
It is common to feel some contractions after sex while pregnant. These are normal uterine contractions that are always there. You just don’t feel them normally.
92. Your bump may be hard
Your abdominal muscles contract during an orgasm, which results in the feeling of a hard bump.
93. Laugh about it
Having sex with the big belly might not be easy. Try to have a sense of humor about it. Sex is a stress reliever after all.
94. Your baby will feel it
When you have an orgasm, your uterus contracts. This may be felt by the baby as a push. But no worries, it will not harm him in any way.
95. Muscle rearrangement
Your tummy muscles separate during pregnancy. It is advised to avoid crunch type exercise for first four months. However it is important to do deep abdominal work and pelvic floor exercises to support the growing baby. It will also help with getting in shape post pregnancy.
96. Uterus is most affected by pregnancy
The volume of your uterus will go from 6 to 5000ml. it is obvious that uterus is most affected. It is where your baby will stay.
97. Contractions…go on
Contractions start before labor and usually continue for a day or two after birth. They are much milder though.
98. Workings of uterus during pregnancy
Uterus has a body and neck like cervix. To maintain pregnancy the vody stretches to accommodate the growing foetus and placenta. And the cerix remains firm to hold it in place.
99. Workings of uterus during labor
During labor the cervix must relax and open to let the baby pass.
100. Practice run
To practice for actual labor, you feel contractions. They may feel real, but are not. They can be calmed by drinking water or taking a bath.
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