Any mother out there will be able to tell you how the miracle of birth isn’t exactly an easy thing to go through. Forgetting about labor pains and morning sickness for a minute, there’s a bunch of other stuff going on to help bring those cute little babies into the world. Some of those things going on, though, are just…disturbing.
For a full 9 months, sometimes longer, women are like superheroes with what they have to live through. Its totally worth it, of course, when you see those adorable little faces after they’re born. Still, that doesn’t make anything I’m about to show you less bizarre…
1) Pregnant women and new mothers can lactate at the sound of a baby crying, even if it’s not their baby.
2) Studies have shown that babies can taste what the mother is eating. Strong flavors like garlic are especially able to pass through the amniotic fluid.
3) Over the past two decades, more baby boys were born in America than girls. However, women still outnumber men in population.
4) Blood flow increases during pregnancy, so occasional nosebleeds and bloody gums are common.
5) Three times as many women, about 1 in 3, will give birth through Cesarian than was reported 10 years ago.
6) The only scientifically proven method for inducing labor is nipple stimulation, known as “the comfort technique.”
7) In the second half of pregnancy, your baby will urinate about a liter per day. And then they drink it.
8) Newborns are getting heavier and heavier. Recently, a woman gave birth to an infant weighing 15 lbs and 7 oz.
9) Extra fluid and water retention can cause pregnant women’s feet to grow up to one full shoe size.
10) The baby’s fingerprints are formed within the first three months of pregnancy.
11) The old wives’ tale that pregnant women with heartburn are more likely to birth babies with full heads of hair? Totally true.
12) Pregnant women really do experience a heightened sense of smell, which is basically the body’s way of steering them away from food that would be bad for the baby.
13) Pregnant women and new mothers can lactate at the sound of a baby crying, even if it’s not their baby.
14) Chances of a multiple birth increase with tall or overweight mothers.
15) When nearing the end of pregnancy, a woman’s placenta produces more estrogen in one day than a non-pregnant woman will produce in three years.
16) When nearing the end of pregnancy, a woman’s placenta produces more estrogen in one day than a non-pregnant woman will produce in three years.
17) It’s common for women to experience change in skin tone during pregnancy. It happens about 90% of the time.
18) Over the course of the pregnancy, the uterus stretches from the size of a peach to roughly the size of a medium watermelon. That’s about 500 times its normal size.
(from We Got Kidz)
After all of that you still have to change some diapers for a long, long time. And they don’t even say thanks. Well, time to go hug my mother…