15 Scientific Pregnancy Facts No One Tells You About! So assume it has happened. A budding embryo has nestled itself into your’s womb’s soft lining. These are some of the top bizarre and strange things about being a pregnant mother and babies. Let’s dive into these amazing pregnancy facts.
Table of Contents
- 1 15 Pregnancy Facts No One Tells You About:
- 1.1 15. Pregnancy Could Last Over a Year
- 1.2 14. You Might Poop Yourself
- 1.3 13. You lactate automatically
- 1.4 12. Babies react to stress
- 1.5 11. Contractions Don’t Stop
- 1.6 10. Your Heart will Grow
- 1.7 9. Father May Show Pregnancy Symptoms
- 1.8 8. Babies Pee in the Womb
- 1.9 7. Your Skin Will Change
- 1.10 6. You Will Bleed
- 1.11 5. Babies Cry Inside the Womb
- 1.12 4. Babies can Repair Damaged Organs
- 1.13 3. You Can Crave Objects
- 1.14 2. Inducing labor through Nipple Stimulation
- 1.15 1. You can get pregnant while already pregnant!
- 1.16 Related
15 Pregnancy Facts No One Tells You About:
15. Pregnancy Could Last Over a Year
Nine-month is usually the normal length to be pregnant and doctors will usually induce labor if the pregnancy exceeds its term, but it is possible to be pregnant for up to a year. The longest pregnancy lasted 375 days, and other mammals endure longer pregnancy terms. Elephants are pregnant for up to twenty-two months and frilled sharks carry their embryos up to forty-two months. I guess being a few weeks late isn’t so bad then.
14. You Might Poop Yourself
Most women fear about having a bowel movement during labor but it’s actually quite normal. Mostly it happens when the baby is being pushed out, and the baby’s head flattens the rectum expelling and stool in that area. Doctors and nurses are prepared for whatever happens in a delivery room, most likely they’ll be more concerned delivering a healthy baby rather than those little accidents.
13. You lactate automatically
New mothers and pregnant women will automatically lactate on their own when they hear a baby crying; even if it’s not their own baby. It’s known as “letdown reflex,” and your body releases milk and still being tailored to respond to the sensation of a baby being nursed. I guess you can call that a mother’s instinct to prepare for motherhood.
12. Babies react to stress
Who knows babies could get stressed? Well in one study conducted at Durham and Lancaster universities in England, it was suggested fetuses were able to react to mom’s anxiety and stress and showed it by using left-hand movements. Such as, touching their face or sucking on their fingers on their left hand. The good part is that the maternal stress on the little fetuses is temporary, but new moms are advised to try to relax; not just for the baby for themselves too.
11. Contractions Don’t Stop
Contractions are a common sign that the baby is ready to come out, however, it doesn’t stop there. Most new mothers will experience contractions a few days after giving birth. To prevent blood loss, our muscles will cramp and ache, but not too worry; medication given at the hospital should help ease the pain. Or if you’re lucky, you could be too hopped on painkillers to even notice the contractions.
10. Your Heart will Grow
You’ve heard of a woman’s foot size increasing during pregnancy, but did you know that your heart grows too? The heart of a pregnant woman grows to handle the increased amount of volume of blood in the body. The body produces twenty percent more red blood cells to carry more oxygen.
9. Father May Show Pregnancy Symptoms
Couvade syndrome, with couvade, means “to hatch” in French. Along with the mother, the father may also show pregnancy symptoms, such as vomiting, gaining weight and even mood swings. There’s not too much research done on this topic, since not many people take it seriously, but at least the dad can relate to how the mom is feeling and it gives no excuse to dads who think pregnancy is just easy.
8. Babies Pee in the Womb
Babies pee in the womb, but where does it all go? Back in the womb of course! Amniotic fluid is mostly coming from fetal urine and babies constantly swallow and process the amniotic fluid throughout gestation. Not to worry as the amniotic fluid is actually sterile. It may sound gross, but basically, every human being has swallowed and digested their own pee. As for the waste, that goes through the placenta and the mother excrete it herself. Babies don’t usually poop in the womb….yet. Babies have a small amount of fetal poop which comes out a few days after they’re born. Ah, isn’t life amazing?!
7. Your Skin Will Change
Seeing a change in skin tone occurs in ninety percent of pregnant women. The normal changes are stretch marks, but did you know you can also get pimples or acne, darker skin, spider veins and patches of splotchy spots on your face? These changes are caused by hormones and changes in your immune system. It’s tough enough being pregnant, but having to go through these changes is like going through puberty all over again. The good news is after pregnancy your skin will clear up on its own.
6. You Will Bleed
Don’t worry, this isn’t something to freak out about. Expect to get a few nose bleeds and bloody gums while pregnant. Circulation and blood flow increase so much during pregnancy that it’s bound to happen every once in awhile. Blood vessels in your body expand and the sudden pressure causes them to rupture more easily. Read more about When to Worry When Bleeding While Pregnant.
5. Babies Cry Inside the Womb
They cry silently, such as opening their mouths, quivering their lips and sticking out their tongues. You can’t hear them since the amniotic sac encloses the baby, keeping them intact. Although, hearing a baby cry inside you would be pretty scary! It seems like babies are practicing their emotional expressions long before they are born into the world. No wonder why they’re so good at crying. Seems a weird but its admitted pregnancy fact.
4. Babies can Repair Damaged Organs
It may sound like a scene out of a movie, but if the mother suffers organ damage while in the womb, the baby sends stem cells to repair the damaged organ. When the body is weakened or feeling attacked by foreign antibodies, the fetus donates some of its stem cells to the mother and helps rebuild the damaged tissue. That is pretty incredible pregnancy fact!
3. You Can Crave Objects
It’s normal for a woman to crave certain foods during pregnancy, but not nonfood items. Pica is the term for craving substances with little or no nutritional means. Pica in pregnancy usually causes them to eat the most unusual items such as dirt, chalk, sand or clay. At least thirty percent of pregnant women will suffer from pica. The best way to usually treat it is to talk to a doctor as eating non food items could be toxic to the baby.
2. Inducing labor through Nipple Stimulation
It may sound like an old wives tale, but nipple stimulation is the only scientifically proven method of bringing on labor. When a woman’s breasts are stimulated, the body release oxytocin; a hormone that causes contractions. This release can be used to stimulate longer and stronger contractions while in labor.
1. You can get pregnant while already pregnant!
It may sound super strange in pregnancy facts, but it’s true and has happened to a handful of a woman. It’s an odd phenomenon called superfetation. After a woman releases an egg a few weeks into her pregnancy, another egg is fertilized, and then she becomes pregnant with two babies simultaneously. It’s a delayed implantation, and the babies can either be born at the same time, or one baby can be born earlier than the earlier through a c-section since the other baby is not in full term yet. So just to be clear, the babies aren’t twins since twins come from a split embryo or if they’re fraternal twins, they come from two different eggs fertilized by the same sperm. While, superfetation means that two babies are conceived at different times, but born on the same day. I know, it sounds super confusing!