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.