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.
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.
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.
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.
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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