20 Facts About Pregnancy You Did Not Know

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Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful experiences in every woman’s life. From experiencing morning sickness and unexpected mood swings to holding a newborn in the arms, this journey is a rollercoaster ride. However, in some conservative cultures, this topic is considered taboo to discuss with children or adults. Therefore, a major part of the population feels unprepared and uninformed about the changes that come with this transitional phase. Here are 20 facts about pregnancy that might help you have open discussions and become more aware.

Strange Unknown Facts About Pregnancy

1. Pregnant women crave foods which might be their baby’s favourite too. 

2. Many pregnant women feel the natural nesting instinct. They start to clean, organize, and decorate while waiting for the baby. 

3. Pregnant women have a heightened sense of smell, which is why they feel nausea and morning sickness.

4. A pregnant woman also sweats more than usual. This is because of the increase in perspiration required to cool down the body as the blood volume increases around 40-50% more than usual. 

5. The birthing process does not end even after the baby is born. This is because the new mother must deliver the placenta.

6. Once the baby is born, the new mother might face heavy bleeding for 4-6 weeks or even longer. 

7. Many women experience diarrhoea during labour as they lose control of their bladder and bowels. 

8. During the first trimester of pregnancy, women face morning sickness and constant fatigue, making it difficult to concentrate. 

9. Pregnancy glow is a real thing where the skin of pregnant women glows due to hormonal changes and other factors. 

10. Pregnancy brain is also true where pregnant women tend to forget things more than usual. 

11. Your shoes might not fit during pregnancy due to excessive swelling in your ankles and feet. This happens due to the extra fluid in your body. 

12. At about a period of eight months after conceiving, the fetus starts to differentiate between different tastes. They begin to notice taste molecules in the amniotic fluid at fourteen weeks. 

13. During the first trimester, the uterus is about the size of an orange. It gradually enlarges and becomes the size of a watermelon by the third trimester. 

14. Pregnant women experience extreme mood swings due to hormonal changes in their body. 

15. Pregnancy might also result in better hair growth and less hair fall for a temporary period. 

16. Your body releases the relaxin hormone to help prepare the pubic area for birthing. However, it can lose ligaments in your body and make you more prone to joint injuries.

17. The heaviest birth recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records is 22 pounds. The baby was born in Ohio in 1879. 

18. Babies can cry in the womb by practising facial expressions and breathing patterns.

19. By the third trimester, the baby starts recognizing their mother’s voice from inside the womb. 

20. Babies are constantly developing and gradually grow from the size of a pinhead to a fully developed fetus. 

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