18 Facts About Being Prego That Will Weird You Out

As we all know, the journey of life starting at birth is not an easy one. A lot of pain and discomfort – from morning sickness to horrible contractions – are endured to bring life into the world.  For 9 months, women become superheroes who endure strange and bizarre phenomenon that few know about. Check it out…

#1 About 1 in 3 women give birth via C-section in the US (in Cambodia, the number is close to 100% due to religious reasons – can you imagine?)


#2  In the second half of a pregnancy, the baby is likely to urinate up to ½ Liter of fluid per day – and then drink it.


#3  Over the entire pregnancy term, the uterus stretches up to 500 times its normal size (for example, from that of a peach to that of a medium watermelon).


#4  Toward the end of the pregnancy, her body produces more estrogen in one day than a non-pregnant woman would in 3 years.


#5  Water retention and additional fluid can cause a pregnant woman’s foot to swell up to a full shoe size.


#6  The longest reported pregnancy was 375 days (ugh!)


#7  Tall or overweight mothers have an increased chance of a multiple-child birth.


#8 Pregnant women’s sense of smell is heightened – steering them away from food that would be harmful for the baby


#9 Approximately 90% of women experience a change in their skin tone during pregnancy.


#10  A child’s fingerprints are formed within the first 3 months of pregnancy.


#11  Newborns can weigh a lot – one was recently born at 15 pounds, 7 ounces.


#12  As blood flow increases during pregnancy, nosebleeds and bloody gums are normal.


#13  Babies can taste what the mother is eating – strong flavors like garlic are easily transferred through the amniotic fluid!


#14  Over the past 20 years, more baby boys were born in America than girls – but women still outnumber men in the general population.


#15  The only real proven method for inducing labor is the “comfort technique” – otherwise known as nipple stimulation.


#16  It is said that women who have heartburn also birth babies with full heads of hair.


#17  Babies can cry in the womb – they are practicing for when they come out!


#18  Pregnant women and new mothers lactate when they hear a baby crying – whether the baby is theirs or not!


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By Hannah Jones

Hannah is a Manchester based writer who has spent many years studying and working in the field of journalism and psychology. Hannah enjoys swimming, meditation and dog walking. Her favourite quote is, 'If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.'