15 Amazing Pregnancy Facts That Prove A Woman’s Body Always Surprises Us
Every day 350,000 babies are born and yet there is much more awareness needed about pregnancy than what is known by women at present. When there are so many women pregnant the year around, it would be assumed that they would know a lot about pregnancy but that isn’t the case. There are many who don’t know what happens during pregnancy and the changes that women’s bodies’ undergo some of which may be very surprising to many. Read on to find about pregnancy facts you never knew till now.
1The longest known pregnancy
The longest known pregnancy lasted for a year and 10 days. This was recorded in Los Angeles when a 25-year-old woman gave birth to a baby after a pregnancy that lasted for a year and 10 days. That is 375 days in comparison to a normal pregnancy that lasts only 280 days.
2Lactating can happen automatically
Did you know that if a baby starts crying, new moms and pregnant women can start lactating automatically even if the baby isn’t their own? This sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Breast milk when released is known as let-down reflex which results in the release of oxytocin a hormone meant for stimulating milk production in the body. The common trigger of this is a baby sucking at a mother’s breast but it can also responds to other stimuli like looking at a baby’s photograph, thinking of your baby or even hearing a baby crying even if the baby isn’t yours.
3The uterus can stretch to the size of a watermelon
The uterus size grows exponentially when a woman is pregnant. It can start to form the size of a peach and then starts to grow to almost the size of papaya in the second trimester. BY the third trimester, it will grow to the size of watermelon but stops there and does not grow further.
4A woman’s feet also grows during pregnancy
During pregnancy, the feet of a woman can grow to one size larger than her present size because of fluid retention. Fluid retention and swelling is a common occurrence in pregnancy. This is because of additional fluid and blood in the body. In pregnancy, there is an extra 50% build up of fluid that is necessary for the developing baby. This can happen in the ankles, feet, face, legs and hands.
5Women can grow hair in pregnancy
Yes, women can grow hair when they are pregnant. This is because of the hormonal changes taking place in the body which makes hair grow faster and also stronger. There will also be less hair fall at this time. Hair will also appear on the belly, nipples and face.