We are not quite done with pregnancy facts. In case you are still interested in learning about this nature’s magic, here is one more article that you might find interesting. From placentophagy to butterfly shaped pigmentation, to constipation – there’s a lot that you need to know. There will be, for now, more to eat than you can chew. Learn now and prep up yourself for the day when you step into motherhood. For men – you should read this too! You can give the necessary support and comfort to your wife when the time comes. So, let’s begin with our list of 20 facts about pregnancy.
Facts About Pregnancy: 1-5
1. In Latin Placenta means “cake”. It is seen in the animal world that the placenta is eaten by the mothers but. only animals not to eat their own placentas were humans. This has changed now. Humans do eat their own placentas and that act is known as Placentophagy.
2. Because of the hormonal changes your face darkens. A butterfly shaped pigmentation on nose and cheeks is common for some pregnant women. Women often suffer from acne and pimples too. However, the good news is it fades after the baby is born.
3. Many people think that breastfeeding changes the size and shape of breasts. but it is actually pregnancy which is the real culprit.
4. Pregnant women’s teeth and mouth cavity becomes vulnerable to many diseases. Bleeding gums or gingivitis is commonly seen among them.
5. When a woman gets pregnant, her digestion slows down because of the hormone progesterone. It happens so because this allows the body to take in more nutrients which can be supplied to the baby. However, it causes constipation.
Facts About Pregnancy: 6-10
6. Your body develops a defensive mechanism which allows your blood to clot easily than before. This prevents you from bleeding to death when you deliver the baby. But there are chances that clots may form in calf muscles and these clots may cause clots in some other parts of the body too. For women who are overweight this risk is higher.
7. You hate when a kid wets your bed. It looks gross. But the fetus pees almost a liter of urine in your uterus and guess what drinks it again. The amniotic fluid or as for lay men like us the so called “water” is basically sterile urine.
8. The fetus inside your womb produces poop too! It is called “meconium”. Fetus starts producing meconium when the mother is pregnant for 21 weeks. Luckily, it doesn’t get expelled until the baby is born
9. It is seen that the babies cry inside the womb. Due to the presence of fluids around the baby the woman cannot hear but, they cry.
10. During third trimester, some women lactate when they hear some other child crying.
Facts About Pregnancy: 11-15
11. Pregnant women have less oxygen in their blood and this is the reason why they forget things easily and seem to develop “pregnancy brain”.
12. They have a mucous plug at the cervix which seals the womb and thereby protects the baby from bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. It begins to fade when the body gets ready for labor.
13. In uterus, the fetus develops a waxy coating on itself called vernix caseosa. The new born is sometimes born with vernix and it helps in protecting the skin of the newborn as it adapts to its new surroundings.
14. It is seen that women who have heartburn issues when they are pregnant produce babies with lot of hair.
15. Orgasms can produce contractions and help in delivery. It doesn’t mean that you get naughty during due date time.
Facts About Pregnancy: 16-20
16. Fetus develops a hairy coat on its body during the gestation period. It is called “lanugo”. It holds the vernix caseose. Along with vernix caseosa, it helps in protecting the delicate skin of the fetus from amniotic fluid. The hair begins to shed in the last month of the pregnancy.
17. The baby’s fingerprints are developed in the first trimester itself. The girl fetus produces all the ova that would be used all her life whereas the male fetus is a bit laid back and doesn’t produce sperms till puberty hits.
18. Studies say that the unborn baby can taste the food what the mother is eating. Flavors which are strong can pass through amniotic fluid.
19. Giving birth to a boy increases the risk of autoimmune diseases for the mother and she tends to forget a lot too!
20. Central Africa tops the list when it comes to twin births.