Fun Facts About Pregnancy–62 Mindbenders


62 amazing pregnancy facts

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Every parent embraces the extraordinary journey of an embryo into a full-grown baby. However, only a few are aware of all the amazing pregnancy facts that go along with it. In Fun Facts About Pregnancy, we'll discover cool pregnancy facts along with a few debunked pregnancy myths.

1. It may surprise you, but babies cry inside the womb.

Perhaps the baby feels a bit scared and sad at times. However, due to excessive fluid in the space, you can't hear them.

2. When four months pregnant, the baby starts to pee inside the mother.

The interesting part is that they can pee about a liter per day. Sounds gross, right? Well, if that doesn't, probably the fact that your baby drinks it surely will. And on and on, the process repeats.

3. Even when the baby is inside the womb, the little one is first in line to eat.

In short, babies take the nutrients they need before the mother.

4. One of the amazing pregnancy facts is that you can get pregnant even when you are already expecting a baby.

While this situation is extremely rare, it can happen. Called superfetation, double pregnancy can occur when the body continues to release additional eggs that can be fertilized even when pregnant.

5. An unborn baby can help heal the mother.

How does that happen? Whenever a mother's organ gets damaged during pregnancy, the baby inside the womb helps repair the damage by sending stem cells.

6. No doubt, mom is more likely to break a bone during pregnancy, and for a good reason.

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It is because of the hormone called relaxin. The hormone softens the joints so that the pelvis and hips open smoothly when you give birth. However, it also means that bones are more susceptible to breaking. So, take precautions while moving around to avoid a fall.

7. Nipple stimulation can help bring on labor.

Rolling or rubbing a woman's nipple when she is due stimulates and releases the hormone oxytocin. As a result, this causes contractions. The method is referred to as "the comfort technique" and is pure science.

8. When you are pregnant, your uterus becomes stronger than a bodybuilder.

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With every contraction experienced during labor, the overall force equals 180 kilograms of pressure per sq. foot or nearly 400 lbs.

9. When pregnant, your uterus stretches to about 500 times its original size.

Your feet grow as well due to the extra circulation of blood. In addition, a pregnant woman's heart can expand up to 12% to cope with the additional flow of blood needed. The heart pumps extra blood and works harder to ensure proper baby growth.

10. Since pregnant women have increased blood flow and volume, they may experience bloody gums and frequent bloody noses.

There is no debate that pregnant women experience significant changes in blood volume and heart size.

11. Have you noticed your husband experience any kind of pregnancy symptoms such as anxiety, morning sickness, or food cravings?

This a condition referred to as sympathetic pregnancy or couvade syndrome and occurs in 25-52% of all fathers-to-be! However, not to worry about it because it's normal.

12. If you think that pregnancy always lasts less than a year, you would be mistaken.

The most prolonged recorded pregnancy lasted 375 days. However, most babies usually spend only about 280 days in the womb.

13. During pregnancy, you will likely experience skin changes such as brown patches on your face.

This can occur around your forehead, nose, and cheeks. In addition, you can notice acne, stretch marks, a dark line starting from the naval and ending in the pubic area, and so on. These become less visible within a few months after childbirth. However, for some women, they never completely go away.

14. It is common during the first trimester to have a feeling that you look pregnant, especially at nighttime.

However, when you rise in the morning, you feel like you aren't pregnant. These feelings are caused by hormonal changes that tend to fluctuate during the day and night and change your appearance slightly.

15. One in every 2000 babies has teeth at birth.

When this happens, doctors remove them because they can give rise to problems. They can cause the baby's tongue to be injured, or they may bite their mother during breastfeeding. Typically, babies start teething around six months of age.

16. During pregnancy, your feet tend to increase in size.

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This is because of the impact of relaxing hormones on the bones. Another reason is swelling of the feet. Your feet can become one full size larger because of water weight. What's interesting is that for some women, their feet may remain the same size after the baby is born.

17. One of the cool pregnancy facts that many women don't know is that pregnancy significantly improves your sense of smell.

So, if you've been worried about this peculiar symptom, you aren't imagining it. Pregnancy just elevated your sense of smell!

18. Your baby can hear inside the womb and can respond to the sounds that come from the outside.

The fetus develops the ability to listen to you at about the 24th week of pregnancy. This is a perfect time to start talking and singing to your baby to help further develop that special bond.

19. It is typical to forget things during pregnancy.

Expecting mothers frequently forget things. It's commonly called "mommy's brain" or "pregnancy brain," and it's a natural phenomenon. Pregnant women have less oxygen in their bloodstream, which gives rise to forgetfulness.

20. When you reach the second trimester, your milk ducts are fully developed. 

During this stage of pregnancy, you may feel that your breasts have become larger. However, milk doesn't come out until you give birth.

21. Ever heard of pregnancy glow? There's a scientific reason for that. 

Pregnant women tend to have increased blood volume and estrogen levels. As a result, pregnant women have shiny hair and glowing skin.

22. Pregnant women experience excessive sweating for a reason.

You have to get rid of heat for both yourself and the baby. Also, when the blood volume in your body increases during pregnancy, it elevates your body temperature. So you sweat more, and it requires more time to cool down.

23. During the 13th or 14th week of pregnancy, the fetus develops taste buds.

This is the time when your unborn can taste pungent and strong flavors.

24. Contrary to popular belief, morning sickness isn't limited to any time of the day.

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You can experience the same nausea in the afternoons and evenings. There's also a lot that dads can do to help.

25. During pregnancy, a woman produces a lot more estrogen. 

It may surprise you, but a pregnant woman can make more estrogen than a non-pregnant woman would produce during her entire lifetime.

26. Besides providing nutrients to the fetus, the placenta protects your little one from infection and bacteria.

It does this by transferring the mother's protective antibodies to the fetus. This occurs during the 20th week of pregnancy.

27. Did you know pregnancy hormones can affect your vision?

We all know hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect your emotions. But did you know they can also cause your eyesight to appear blurry. While dealing with this might be worrisome, it is rarely permanent. The problem typically fades away after delivery.

28. During pregnancy, your baby may be dreaming inside the womb.

Several studies indicate that rapid eye movement of the fetus inside the womb is the baby dreaming.

29. During the first five months of gestation, the fetus develops fine and soft hair, commonly called lanugo.

It usually sheds away during the upcoming months. However, some babies still have hair at birth.

30. Twins start bonding inside the womb.

Whether or not you are expecting twins, you may want to be aware of this fun fact.

31. Have you heard of pseudocyesis? It's real. 

It's a term meant to mean false pregnancy. Many women experience this syndrome. While the syndrome causes several pregnancy signs, the woman is not pregnant.

32. One of the fun facts about pregnancy is what babies do inside the womb.

Ultrasounds have shown that fetuses suck their hands, clap, make expressions, and smile in the womb. It appears they are genuinely happy with their surroundings.

33. Pregnant women often have intense, vivid, and frightening dreams.

Do you often experience weird dreams during pregnancy? If so, you are not alone.

34. During pregnancy, women have what is called a mucous plug.

While it may sound a bit disgusting, it's normal. The mucous plug is located at the opening of the cervix. Its purpose is to prevent bacteria from entering the womb. It passes away soon after mom becomes ready for labor.

35. It may sound like an old wives' tale, but pregnant women who suffer heartburn are likely to have babies with plenty of hair.

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36. When a woman gets pregnant, her body develops an organ called the placenta.

However, unlike all other mammals, humans do not ingest their placenta after birth.

37. In the uterus, babies develop a cream cheesy, waxy coating known as vernix.

Although not every baby has a vernix residue at birth, some do.

38. About 3 out of 4 women undergo a condition called linea nigra when pregnant.

The linea nigra is a vertical, dark line that stretches down to the abdomen. The line may or may not disappear after the baby is born.

39. Chances are that your doctor might tell you the baby's gender depending on the ultrasound between weeks 16 to 22nd of pregnancy.

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However, keep in mind that these tests don't bear perfect results. They are only about 70-95% accurate.

40. Another one of the fun facts about pregnancy is that some women lactate when they are in late pregnancy.

This often happens when they hear the sound of a baby crying.

41. Besides providing a natural glow to your skin, pregnancy hormones can work wonders for your hair and nails.

However, your hair can also get glossy and thick in areas where you aren't wanting it. So watch out for hair growth on your face and arms. And your hair may also shed significantly after giving birth due to falling estrogen levels.

42. It might be interesting to know that babies develop fingerprints between 9 and 12 weeks in the womb.

43. If you are overweight or tall, chances are higher that you may carry multiple babies.

44. If you have used IVF or taken fertility drugs to get pregnant, chances are higher that you may be carrying twins or multiple babies.

That's because more eggs are implanted during the procedure compared to natural conception.

45. An average woman has 17 sq. feet of skin. However, it stretches to around 18.5 sq. feet by the end of the ninth month of pregnancy.

46. If you notice that your belly button is popping out, it's nothing to be concerned about.

When the uterus pushes forward, the belly button pokes out. It returns to its original state after birth.

47. The majority of pregnant women get stretch marks.

And if you are carrying excessive amniotic fluid, a large baby, or even multiple babies, the chances of getting stretch marks increases significantly. Although oils and creams help to reduce stretch marks, the best defense is not to gain weight too quickly.

48. While there is no scientific study on why people smile when they come across a pregnant woman, they do.

Just count the number of people who smile at your puffed belly.

49. Several surveys show many pregnant women show off their bellies.

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For most, this is the only time in their lives they enjoy doing this. Many even wear bump baring bikinis.

50. Studies show that pregnant women tend to develop muscles.

Increasing about 5% of muscle mass helps them deal with the extra weight they carry.

51. A few days before conception, your breasts get ready to produce milk.

Breasts are sensitive and start producing milk soon after pregnancy.

52. Pregnancy improves your metabolism, so your body can gain weight more easily.

53. Your body stores extra fat during the first trimester for your baby.

And it stops storing additional fat halfway through the pregnancy. The fetus starts to use the stored fat at this time.

54. You may sometimes get frustrated or anxious during pregnancy, which is normal.

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Researchers estimate around 20% of pregnant women experience depression or anxiety.

55. Having a great deal of stress during pregnancy can negatively impact your baby's development.

Studies show that babies can be born underweight or arrive early due to stress.

56. When it is the right time for you to give birth, the placenta weighs about one-sixth of the baby's weight.

57. The buildup of gas during pregnancy is common because the intestines function slowly.

Although the situation is embarrassing, it is unavoidable as well. Drinking adequate water helps keep the problem under control.

58. You may notice strange tastes during pregnancy.

Sometimes, it results in a metallic taste or the complete absence of taste. This is caused by pregnancy hormones.

59. Heightened libido is common during pregnancy because the pelvic area is filled with blood.

That makes you more sensitive. However, not every pregnant woman will feel like a sex goddess, so however you feel, don't stress about it.

60. If you are having a normal pregnancy without complications, you can have sex as often as you want.

You won't harm your baby because it is protected by your cervix and amniotic fluid.

61. Another of the cool pregnancy facts is that wrinkles tend to disappear.

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This is because hormones plump out your skin and make wrinkles disappear.

62. A pregnant woman may develop cravings for very bizarre things.

For instance, you may crave sand, toothpaste, burnt matches, clay, dirt, or even cigarette ashes. You may want to consult with a doctor if the urge is overwhelming.

Now that you've learned some amazing pregnancy facts let's check some of the myths you may have come across.

Myth #1: Vomiting and nausea aren't good signs in early pregnancy.

Fact: Backed by scientific research, vomiting, and nausea during early pregnancy are considered very healthy signs.

Myth #2: Women shouldn't drink coffee during pregnancy.

Fact: According to several studies, pregnant women can consume less than 200 milligrams of caffeine, which isn't harmful.

Myth #3: Eat plenty when you are pregnant.

Fact: You don't have to eat for two when pregnant. You do need to increase your nutrition, but you only need an extra 300 calories per day.

Myth #4: Don't exercise during pregnancy.

Fact: Most women are at no risk by exercising in moderation, and it's healthy for them. It is wise, however, to consult with your physician to know whether or not you can pursue exercise and how much.

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Myth #5: Eating papaya when you are pregnant may cause miscarriage.

Fact: Completely ripe papaya doesn't harm your body during pregnancy. But semi-ripe or unripe papaya contains latex, which may cause contractions in the uterus.

Myth #6: The belly size or shape reveals the baby's gender. 

Fact: The belly size or shape of a pregnant woman has nothing to do when it comes to finding out the gender of the baby. If someone tells you that you will deliver a boy or a girl simply by looking at your belly, it is not to be believed.

I hope you have enjoyed these fun facts about pregnancy and will enjoy passing them on.

About the author 

Dan Sperling

I'm the proud father of two great children. They are grown up now, and although I would have preferred to be a stay-at-home dad, I had to work. Luckily, I could work out of my home so I was around a lot. I ran a video production company, had a couple of great guys working with me and it allowed me to be around the children a lot. I was the "fun guy" for my kids and fathering was something I just took to.
When my daughter became pregnant, I was glad to see my son-in-law was doing everything right--or as good as it gets--we're always winging it, right? It got me thinking that so many dads would like to be more emotionally involved and knowledgeable when it comes to their wives' pregnancy and the first year of their children's lives.

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