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Some Interesting and Bizarre Facts about Pregnancy

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Some Interesting and Bizarre Facts about Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be incredibly exciting. Even in spite of the fact that you may be waddling like a duck due to your center of gravity changing, putting on weight as your uterus grows from the size of a peach to a medium sized watermelon – about 500 times its normal size. Edema (fluid retention) leading to swelling, stretch marks, going to the bathroom often, and soft bones and ligaments are all too common in pregnancy.

Labor and delivery can take its toll, as the force inside the uterus from pushing during a contraction can amount to 397 pounds/ sq. foot on the baby’s head; but women all over the world continue to have babies, as it is truly a rewarding and awe-inspiring experience.

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The secret to flawless, spotless skin

On the other hand, pregnancy can give your skin a natural glow, as the amount of blood increases by 50%, and also because of the increased estrogen levels, you can have softer, shinier skin, and lustrous hair.

Inexplicable organ adjustments

Your heart enlarges, not out of love for the growing baby, but to handle the increased blood flow. Your foot size may also increase, as bones and ligaments soften due to the hormone relaxing that aids in birth. Your sense of smell intensifies, a protective mechanism thought to be beneficial for the growing fetus.

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Yes! You can naturally grow an organ during pregnancy

You grow a new organ, the placenta, which nourishes and protects the developing fetus. Towards the end of pregnancy, the placenta produces estrogen daily in an amount that is equal to a non-pregnant woman producing it in three years.

Some women may develop a “pregnancy mask” across their nose and cheeks in the shape of a butterfly when pregnant, but it usually disappears afterwards. Also, the black line that’s visible on your womb is due to the changes in skin pigmentation during pregnancy; the line is always present and fades away post pregnancy.

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Nature’s way of caring for the baby

Have you ever wondered if you’ll have to stuff in more food to suffice for the two? No! You do not need to eat for two while pregnant, only an extra 300 calories per day will suffice for a healthy weight gain. Pregnancy hormones can cause constipation, and you need to take better oral healthcare to prevent bleeding gums.

A pregnancy that lasts for over a year! What?

The number of women giving birth via C-section has tripled. Only one in ten mothers’ waters break before labor begins. The only natural, scientifically proven method of induction is nipple stimulation. It’s possible to be pregnant for over a year; the longest recorded pregnancy was of 375 days. Also, multiple births are more common in tall or overweight mothers.

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When did the dad start experiencing pregnancy symptoms?

Dads have also been surprisingly known to experience pregnancy symptoms like weight gain, cramps, and morning sickness, termed as “Couvade Syndrome”.

What’s going on with the baby inside?

The unborn child in the womb gets the nutrients from food before the mother; its fingerprints are formed in the first trimester. In utero, babies cry, suck their thumbs, hold hands, masturbate, wave a hello, and even pee in the womb – and also drink it. In fact, the amniotic fluid is mostly sterile urine. It also starts making its first poo at 21 weeks, but doesn’t pass it until after birth. The unborn child is usually covered in hair all over the body, which is usually shed off before birth. One in 2,000 babies may be born with one or more teeth.

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Last Updated on January 5, 2022

How to Help Your Child to Get Better Grades

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How to Help Your Child to Get Better Grades

Children are most likely to say that they want to just lounge around or rest for a while after spending hours listening to lecture after lecture from their teachers. There is nothing wrong with this if they had a rough day.

What’s disturbing, is if they deliberately stay away from schoolwork or procrastinate when it comes to reviewing for their tests or completing an important science project.

When it seems that it is becoming a habit for your child to put off school work, it’s time for you to step in and help your child develop good study habits to get better grades. It is important for you to emphasize to your child the importance of setting priorities early in life. Don’t wait for them to flunk their tests, or worse, fail in their subjects before you talk to them about it.

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You can help your children hurdle their tests with these 7 tips:

1. Help them set targets

Ask your child what they want to achieve for that particular school year. Tell them to set a specific goal or target. If they say, “I want to get better grades,” tell them to be more specific. It will be better if they say they want to get a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Having a definite target will make it easier for them to undertake a series of actions to achieve their goals, instead of just “shooting for the moon.”

2. Preparation is key

At the start of the school year, teachers provide an outline of a subject’s scope along with a reading list and other course requirements. Make sure that your child has all the materials they need for these course requirements. Having these materials on hand will make sure that your child will have no reason to procrastinate and give them the opportunity to study in advance.

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3. Teach them to mark important dates

You may opt to give them a small notebook where they can jot down important dates or a planner that has dates where they can list their schedule. Ask them to show this to you so you can give them “gentle reminders” to block off the whole week before the dates of an exam. During this week, advise your child to not schedule any social activity so they can concentrate on studying.

4. Schedule regular study time

Encourage your child to set aside at least two hours every day to go through their lessons. This will help them remember the lectures for the day and understand the concepts they were taught. They should be encouraged to spend more time on subjects or concepts that they do not understand.

5. Get help

Some kids find it hard to digest or absorb mathematical or scientific concepts. Ask your child if they are having difficulties with their subjects and if they would like to seek the help of a tutor. There is nothing wrong in asking for the assistance of a tutor who can explain complex subjects.

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6. Schedule some “downtime”

Your child needs to relax from time to time. During his break, you can consider bringing your child to the nearest mall or grocery store and get them a treat. You may play board games with them during their downtime. The idea is to take his mind off studying for a limited period of time.

7. Reward your child

If your child achieves their goals for the school year, you may give them a reward such as buying them the gadget they have always wanted or allowing them to vacation wherever they want. By doing this, you are telling your child that hard work does pay off.

Conclusion

You need to take the time to monitor your child’s performance in school. Your guidance is essential to helping your child realize the need to prioritize their school activities. As a parent, your ultimate goal is to expose your child to habits that will lay down the groundwork for their future success.

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