8 Strange Facts About Pregnancy
Pregnancy is one of the priceless experiences for any woman; carrying and bringing a human being to life is an experience that millions of women get to have each year. However, bumping experiences differ from one woman to another; some experience “morning sickness” while others don’t, and the cravings one woman has will not be the same ones another will have.
Pregnancy also comes with its fair share of weirdness like did you know that if you are tall or plus size you have higher chances of bring to life multiple bundles of joy! How incredible! Here are some more peculiar but true facts about pregnancy. These 8 strange facts will leave you wanting to know more about labor and delivery.
1. Baby hair development and heartburn
Are you pregnant and experiencing recurrent episodes of heartburn? Well, it may be time for you to start saving some cash for some really good hair shampoo for your baby. Many studies currently underway were started with aim of proving the infamous legend wrong. According to the legend, pregnant women who experience heartburns often stand a chance of giving birth to a baby whose head is full of hair.
Researchers who thought the legend was misguided have now come out to acknowledge that there could be a close association between heartburn and hair development of the baby. It is suspected that the same hormones that cause relaxation of the esophageal muscle while bumping hence leading to heartburn may be the same hormones responsible for hair development of the baby in the womb.
2. Super-expanded uterus
Before conception, the uterus is usually a very small organ as far as size is concerned. In fact, it is as small as an orange. As your bump grows bigger day by day, the uterus undergoes some
major expansion; from the size of an orange to the size of a melon. To accommodate the growing baby, the uterus expands 500 times its original size.
The fascinating thing here is that after birth, the uterus regains its initial size; this takes about six weeks. During this time, the uterus loses the gained weight, making it go back to normal. The only difference is that once a woman has given birth, her uterus becomes more elastic than that of a woman who has not given birth yet.
3. Big heart
During pregnancy, a mom’s heart usually grows bigger. If you think about this figuratively, you will probably agree that a mom acquires a big heart so that she can shower her baby with as much love as she can. However, the main reason behind this is scientific; as the uterus expands, you will need more blood to sustain the pregnancy. For this reason, the blood in your body increases by 50%.
As we all know the heart is responsible for pumping blood to and from the heart. An increase in blood volume means that the normal size of the heart cannot handle such a large amount of blood. As a result of this, the heart increases in size.
You may also want to speak with your doctor regarding high blood pressure if you begin to notice any fluctuations in your blood pressure.
4. Big feet
Your feet as well will increase in size when you are bumping. This is as a result of the water retention and elasticity of pregnancy ligaments. You may consume certain foods that will be helpful to both you and your baby as you progress in your pregnancy. Superfoods are an excellent way to balance your diet and reap the rewards of nutrition throughout your body’s changes.
5. Baby pee in the womb
Did you know that your little one pees in the womb? Then goes ahead to drink it? That sounds kind of disgusting right? Research shows that the amniotic fluid protecting your baby from shock consists of the little one’s urine that is sterile urine.
6. Babies practice for the big day
When a baby is born, it is the joy of every mom to hear that first cry. Surprisingly, crying in the delivery room is not usually their first time; in 4D scans, doctors have been able to prove that a baby frowns while in the womb. Tests carried out on a baby’s breathing pattern at the time of frowning show that indeed the baby cries while in their mother’s womb.
This leaves us with the question of why? Or rather what upsets them while in the womb? Or are they just practicing for the big day.
7. Automatic milk letdown
Research shows, when a nursing mom hears the sound of a baby crying sees a baby or even think of happy baby thoughts, she gets an automatic lactation. This is actually one of the ways that are recommended for women struggling with low milk letdown.
8. Hypersensitivity to smell
Morning sickness is quite common in expectant women. The nauseating feeling is often triggered by the heightened sense of smell which is particular to pregnant women due to the increase of the estrogen hormone. Odors that used to be pleasant to you could suddenly become downright nauseating.
The food cravings or that declining appetite you experience while bumping has everything to do with your sense of smell and not your taste buds. All this is thanks to the hormonal imbalances your body is currently going through.