Pregnancy Facts: What You Need to Know About Your Pregnancy

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pregnancy-factsThere are a number of pregnancy facts that you should know about. These are fun facts and some of them downright odd. However, knowing these facts is going to aid you with your pregnancy. It will also serve as some entertainment as you go through the motions for the next nine months.

Bringing on Labor

There are a number of old wives’ tales about what can cause you to stimulate your labor, but there is only one way that is scientifically proven: nipple stimulation. This method works to encourage oxytocin release. Oxytocin is a hormone that causes you to start having labor contractions.

Average Pregnancy Length

On average, a women is pregnant for approximately 280 days. However, a woman in Los Angeles was once pregnant for one year and 10 days. This is the longest pregnancy on record.

In Womb Baby Food

When you eat while pregnant, do you think about how your baby might enjoy the flavor? If not, you might want to consider this. While babies do not taste most things, there are certain strong flavors that are capable of passing into the womb via the amniotic fluid, such as garlic. Another cool fact is that research shows that babies show a preference for carrot juice after birth if mom drinks this regularly while pregnant.

Twin Incidence

In the developing world, women in Central Africa are most likely to give birth to twins. Women who are trying to increase their chances of having twins might want to meet men who were born in this nation. It is known that African Americans do have twins more often than Caucasian Americans.

Urine in the Womb

You probably do not think about it, but your baby does urinate in the womb. This begins around the second trimester. Since babies also drink the amniotic fluid, this means that they drink their own urine. Do not worry because it is sterile and is not causing any harm to your growing baby.

Bowel Movements

Around 21 weeks of gestation, your baby starts making his or her first stool. Unlike urination, however, your baby does not have bowel movements in the womb. He or she passes the first bowel movement after birth and this is referred to as meconium.

Heartburn and Hair

You often hear that if you have a lot of heartburn during pregnancy that there is a greater chance of your baby having hair at birth. Well, this old wives’ tale is true. Experts believe that this is associated with higher amounts of progesterone and estrogen encouraging the growth of hair. These hormones can also relax your esophagus, which can result in stomach acids refluxing up into your esophagus and causing that burning feeling.

Babies Cry Before Birth

When your baby is born, hearing that first cry is a sign of strength and health. However, did you know that your baby also cries in the womb? Thanks to the newer 4D scans available, scientists have been able to better measure what your baby is doing while still in your womb. They learned that unborn babies do cry as a result of analyzing their breathing patterns. Now, scientists believe this is just your baby practicing for the world and he or she is not actually upset.

Getting Bigger

You already know that your belly grows to accommodate your growing baby, but did you know that other body parts also get larger. Your feet swell and become larger during pregnancy due to your ligaments stretching more during pregnancy and fluid retention. Your heart also gets bigger because you have more blood volume when you are pregnant.

Uterine Stretching

You know that your uterus is essentially your baby’s home as he or she is growing and developing throughout your pregnancy. However, have you really thought about how much your uterus stretches throughout your pregnancy. Your uterus when you are not pregnant is about the size of a standard peach. By the time you hit nine months, it is about the size of a watermelon.

Smelling More

If you have been pregnant before, you know that you can smell far better than you could before conception. There is a purpose for this enhanced sense of smell. When you can smell something very strongly and find it unpleasant, your body is telling you to avoid this food or drink because it might not be good for your baby.

Skin Changes

Things like stretch marks are something all women are aware of as their belly grows. However, the tone of your skin can also change during pregnancy. In fact, this is something approximately 90 percent of women experience. The skin tends to return to its normal tone after you give birth.

Pregnancy Frequency

In the United States, at any given time, approximately four women are pregnant. At this time, more boys are being born, but this tends to change every few years. However, in this country, women still outnumber men.

Baby Helps Mom

When you are pregnant, you are thinking about your baby and keeping him or her healthy. However, your baby can help to promote your health too. If you happen to experience organ damage when you are pregnant, your baby goes to work to repair the damaged organ. This is due to your baby sending stem cells to the organ.

Your Due Date

Your due date is an approximation and not a guarantee of birth. In fact, when it comes to the exact due date, only about 10 percent of babies come on this day. Within two weeks of this date, about 90 percent of babies enter the world. Within a week of the due date, about half of all babies make their entrance into the world.

Use these facts to make sure that your pregnancy is moving in the right direction. Make sure to take any pregnancy concerns to your doctor so that you can get the facts. It is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout your pregnancy.

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