The details of pregnancy can be confusing for those who didn’t listen very well in school. Even some adults are unsure about what is factual and what isn’t when it comes to the miracle of life that is pregnancy. Here’s a little trivia for you:
More twins are born in Central Africa than anywhere else in the world
One woman fell pregnant after oral sex and a knife incident.
A woman from Lesotho surprised doctors when she became pregnant because she was born without a vaginal canal. It’s very bizarre, but she was stabbed in the abdomen after performing oral sex and that’s how she became pregnant.
Amniotic fluid is mostly sterile urine
Nipple stimulation will bring on labor
Rubbing a woman’s nipples when she is full term can stimulate the release of oxytocin, which in turn will cause the uterus to contract.
Having an orgasm can cause contractions
It will not bring about true labor but Braxton Hicks or “practice” contractions.
During the second trimester, babies start to release urine into the amniotic sac. Then they drink it and release it again
A baby starts making meconium, its first poo, at 21 weeks gestation
It will only pass after delivery.
The baby can taste their mother’s food while inside the tummy
Garlic and other strong flavors can pass through the amniotic fluid. A study showed that mothers who drank carrot juice had babies that preferred carrot juice also.
Pregnant and lactating women can release milk when they hear a baby cry, even if it’s not their child
The longest pregnancy lasted a year and 10 days
A pregnancy usually lasts about 280 days, but Beulah Hunter‘s was longer.
Having a boy increases a woman’s risk of autoimmune disease and also makes her more forgetful
Babies can cry in the womb
Now that there are 4-D scans, you can see babies have all sorts of facial reactions. Scientists can tell by the baby’s breathing pattern if they are crying in the womb.
This is how a baby’s face forms in the womb
One in every 2,000 babies is born with a tooth
At full term, a woman’s placenta produces more estrogen in one day than a nonpregnant woman’s body would in three years
Girls are born with all the eggs they will ever have, but a boy does not develop sperm until puberty
During a pregnancy, the uterus expands to 500 times its normal size
A woman’s feet and heart increase in size during pregnancy
A pregnant woman who suffers from heartburn is more likely to deliver a baby with a full head of hair
Your fingerprints are set in the first trimester of pregnancy
Humans, rabbits, dogs, pigs, and whales all start at eggs around the same size (0.2 mm)