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35 Fun Pregnancy Facts that Will Amaze You
As an expecting mom, you are excited and filled with awe at the life growing inside you. You have been a part of creating something beautiful and this leaves you with a feeling of joy and fulfillment.
For most of these mothers, it is love at first knowledge of the baby; you fall so in love with the baby from the first moment you learn about his existence and this is a love that runs a lifetime.
However, with this love comes a curiosity so profound, it fills most of your waking moments. You wonder how your child is fairing; if he is doing and growing well inside of you.
If this describes you, then you need worry no more as here are some pregnancy facts that will tell you everything you need to know about the growing baby in your womb.
1. During pregnancy, your womb can grow to about 50 times its normal size.
2. As the womb expands, it pushes other organs out of their original places and this is what causes the feelings of discomfort or pain you sometimes feel.
3. Morning sickness doesn’t always happen in the morning and it's also possible for you to be sick the entire day.
4. Morning sickness typically begins by the 6th to 8th and goes away by the 12th to 14th week, unless you have what is termed Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a severe case of morning sickness that causes severe nausea, vomiting, and dehydration.
5. Your baby develops a heart from the 18th day of conception and this starts beating, signifying a life has just been formed.
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6. Your baby grows a lot while in the womb! – about 3, 000 million times.
7. The second trimester is the fastest-growing time for your baby when she develops most of her organs.
8. The lungs, however, are one of the last organs to be formed and only become fully developed in the third trimester.
9. Your baby’s heart beats about 150 times each minute, that’s twice the number of times an adult’s does.
10. At birth, your baby gets born with 300 bones but as she grows into adulthood, some of these get fused to become 206.
11. Before the 16th week, all your baby had in place of bone was rubbery cartilage. However, by the 16th week, this cartilage begins to harden into bones.
12. Your baby starts to hear a sound or noise by the 18th week and could get startled by a loud noise.
13. Your baby gets born with an eye colour but sometimes this keeps changing up until the sixth month or a year when he assumes his permanent eye colour.
14. Most expecting moms begin to produce breastmilk from the 14th week of pregnancy.
15. By the third trimester, your baby’s organs are almost fully developed and she can recognize your voice from in there.
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16. Babies are the perfect parasite and your baby will take her complete share of the nutrient she needs from the food you eat. So you should eat enough for the both of you
17. By the 9-12th week, all of your baby’s fingerprints are formed.
18. From the 20th week of pregnancy, you begin protecting your baby by transferring antibodies to him.
19. You are more susceptible to infections in pregnancy, so do well to guard against this.
20. Your eyesight and sense of smell get sharper in pregnancy.
21. Sometimes, contractions don’t stop after labour, and it's possible to get them up until a few days after your childbirth.
21. Your baby starts to pee inside you from the fourth month of pregnancy and could produce up to a liter of urine daily.
22. It's likely your skin tone changes during pregnancy and 90% of women report experiencing this.
23. Pregnancy makes you have less oxygen flowing in your bloodstream and this could sometimes lead to forgetfulness.
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24. The longest pregnancy duration ever recorded ran for 365 days and was carried by Beulah Hunter in Los Angeles.
25. Pregnant women get a lot of vivid or scary dreams which science is yet to come up with an explanation for. So if you get these, just know they are perfectly natural and not an indication of a looming danger.
26. Men also experience pregnancy symptoms in what is known as Couvade syndrome.
27. All pregnant women have what is called a mucous plug, a kind of plug at the opening of the cervix that seres to keep bacteria from entering the womb.
28. The rate of pregnant women who give birth via a caesarian section continues to grow as one-third of all pregnant women give birth via this means.
29. 1 in 2,000 babies gets born with a tooth or more in what is known as natal teeth.
30. A few pregnant women experience extreme sadness after childbirth, a condition known as postnatal depression.
31. Pregnant women are strongly advised to take supplements as they may not get all the nutrients required for the baby’s development.
32. Your baby also tastes the food you eat while still in the womb.
33. There are more twins born in Central Africa than anywhere else in the world. A town in Oyo, Nigeria has been dubbed the twin capital of the world due to its high rate of twin births.
34. Pregnant women retain more water and this could cause your feet to grow up to a shoe size.
35. A few pregnant women report experiencing a weird condition (called Pica) where they crave non-food items. They could also develop habits that are considered weird like wanting to perceive the smell of wet rain or being close to the loo with someone busy inside.
36. Most pregnancies end before the 20th week due to no fault of the woman. One major reason why most pregnancies end is with the presence of chromosomal abnormalities
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Farrah Young
Farrah Young (author) from Lagos, Nigeria on February 18, 2021:
Lol. 25 babies would be pushing it a bit. Don't think that pregnancy would be viable.
Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to comment.
Farrah Young (author) from Lagos, Nigeria on February 18, 2021:
Westwood. Those are kind words. In glad you liked the piece.
Sp Greaney from Ireland on January 25, 2021:
This is a great list of facts for people wanting to find out more information on pregnancy especially for new moms.
OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on January 23, 2021:
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on January 23, 2021:
Farah, fun fact indeed. But the 356 days record I think did not contain oral record. If you had gone further and beyound, like you tag Yuroland as twice capital of the world, you will come to the realization that in other parts of West Africa(Nigeria) few pregnancies last up to between 2 to 3 years normally! Now here is the real fun. If the womb can grow 50 times its normal size(I've even read a woman talen up with 10 babes in the womb), the possibility that the womb can accomodate 25 babes is not far from reality! lol! Much thanks.
Liz Westwood from UK on January 23, 2021:
You have put together an interesting fact file on pregnancy.