10 Amazing Facts About Pregnancy That No One Tells You
Pregnancy is one of life’s miracles. Growing a life, a child inside your body is absolutely incredible. Sure there are discomforts, the weight gain, the swollen ankles, the need to use the washroom every ten minutes – but the end result is the best gift you will ever receive. This is for those women who aren’t to know in advance what to expect and for the men who want to understand better..
Longest pregnancy recorded is 375 days
A male fetus can get erections in the womb
Many baby boys get boners while they’re still in the womb and in fact, babies of both sexes are known to masturbate in utero, but boys are the only ones who gets caught on the sonogram. Don’t forget to keep the sonogram copies safe to show your son when he’s a teenager what he’s been up to inside his mommy’s tummy.
Your heart grows when you are pregnant
Yes it grows with love for your child, but your heart organ actually enlarges while you are pregnant. It works harder and beats at a more rapid pace due to the increased volume of blood in your body. Your blood volume alone increases by 40-50%!
Your face will glow, for real
It is a common expression to say a pregnant woman is glowing. As it turns out though, glowing skin is a very real thing for pregnant women. Because of the extra blood that is in your body, it starts showing through your skin, mainly in your cheeks. This together with the oil glands that is more active during this time, results in a more softer shinier skin.
Your sense of smell gets stronger
Your sense of smell increases drastically, as does your sense of taste during the pregnancy period. Scientists hypothesize that this is to help pregnant mothers avoid eating small levels of toxins that might not be dangerous to an adult, but could be deadly to a fetus such as smoke, alcohol, coffee and all that are particularly noticeable to pregnant women.
You don’t really need to eat for two
The truth is that most women will only need an extra 300 calories per day. Most women only need to gain about 25 pounds throughout their entire pregnancy. So don’t believe it when they say you need to eat for two to birth a healthy baby.
You may poop yourself during labor
It is extremely common for a woman to accidentally expel the contents of her bowels during child birth. The muscles you use to push the baby out are the same ones you ordinarily use during a bowel movement. These days, your doctors and nurses will be ready to help clean up the mess. In most cases, they won’t even say anything about it so you won’t know the difference.
It does make you think twice about filming the birth though, doesn’t it? =D
Contractions don’t stop after birth
Most mothers don’t notice is much because you will be still pretty much drugged at the hospital. However you will have contractions for the first few days after birth. The muscle cramps are the body’s way of stopping excess blood loss.
Your feet can grow one full size
The excess pressure on your feet paired with relaxed ligaments in your body makes your feet grow when you are pregnant. As your pregnancy wears on, your body starts to release the tightness of its ligaments to help with the birthing process.
The father may show pregnancy symptoms
Heard of the term ‘sympathy weight’? This is when the father starts gaining weight and some dads experience symptoms such as morning sickness along with their wives. It’s called couvade syndrome and has been documented in dads around the world who experienced pregnancy symptoms from the end of the first trimester all the way to the end!