15 weird facts about pregnancy that you may or may not already know
The period from conception to birth. After the egg is fertilized by a sperm and then implanted in the lining of the uterus, it develops into the placenta and embryo, and later into a fetus. Pregnancy usually lasts 40 weeks, beginning from the first day of the woman's last menstrual period, and is divided into three trimesters, each lasting three months. As any mom can tell you, the miracle of birth isn't an easy journey. Morning sickness and labor pains aside, there's a lot going on to bring those little lives to the world and some of it is downright disturbing. For nine months women basically become superheroes for what they endure. Sure, it's worth it when you see those adorable healthy faces staring back at you for the first time. But that doesn't make any of these things less bizarre. Pregnancy is one of the most fascinating things I have ever experienced. There is nothing like growing a human inside of your own body. Having given birth three different times, I feel like I learned more and more about the process and all of the weird symptoms of pregnancy. Like, did you know that your baby pees in the womb? And do you know where that pee goes? They drink it. Kind of disgusting, right? Here are 15 weird facts about pregnancy that you may or may not already know...
1. Speaking of increased blood volume, did you know that your heart actually grows during pregnancy? It works harder and pumps more blood for that growing baby!
2. Babies cry in the womb. Because of all of the fluid, you can't hear them. But it's still kind of sad and scary.
3. Between 16 and 22 weeks, your doctor may be able to do an ultrasound to tell your baby's gender. Be mindful that these tests are only 70-95 percent accurate.
4. Some pregnant women lactate in late pregnancy at the sound of someone else's baby crying.
5. Pregnant women are more prone to broken bones because of a hormone called relaxing. The hormone allows your joints to soften so that your hips and pelvis can open up for birth.
6. Pregnant women do have a heightened sense of smell. Reason? It's meant to help them steer clear of foods they shouldn't eat because of their growing baby.
7. Three out of 4 women develop a linea nigra during pregnancy. The linea nigra (Latin for "black line") is a dark, vertical line that runs down the abdomen. Sometimes it goes away after birth. Sometimes it doesn't.
8. Dad gaining weight too? Sharing pregnancy symptoms with your baby daddy is a thing. Scientists have documented this happening all over the world!
9. The only natural induction method that is scientifically proven is nipple stimulation. (All that talk of pineapples and eggplant parmesan is crap!)
10. Once you are about four months pregnant, your baby begins to urinate inside of you. In fact, they pee up to one liter a day! If that doesn't gross you out, knowing that your little one drinks it surely will.
11. Most women experience swelling in their feet during pregnancy. Because of water weight and other extra fluid, your feet can grow up to one full shoe size! In fact, some women's feet stay that size after their baby is born.
12. If you are tall or overweight, you have a greater chance of carrying multiples.
13. A baby has all of his or her fingerprints by 9-12 weeks in the womb!
14. At the end of your pregnancy, your placenta alone will produce the same amount of estrogen that a non-pregnant woman produces in 3 years!
15. Babies have been documented doing a number of things while inside the womb. From sucking their thumbs and holding hands, to masturbating and waving hello, you never know what you might see during an ultrasound.