Pregnancy Amazing Facts

50 Amazing and Interesting Facts about Pregnancy | Amazing Facts 4U 

  1. Amazing fact is that Rabbits, dogs, pigs, whales, and humans all start as eggs roughly the same size (around 0.2mm).
  2.  The largest cell in the human body is the while the smallest cell is the male sperm. Amazingly it takes about 175,000 sperm cells to weigh as much as a single egg cell.
  3. Four nutrients essential in making sperm are vitamin A & E, linoleic acid and zinc.
  4. The ovum can only live up to 24 hours while the sperm can live up to 5 days in the fertile quality cervical fluid.
  5. Amazingly every human spent an hour as a single cell.
  6. The fact is that on average, among couples having regular intercourse, 25% of women will conceive within 1 month, 60% within 6 months, 80% within a year and 90% within 18 months.
  7. At anytime about 4% of women in the population are pregnant.
  8. Almost half the pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended i.e.  more than 3 million children per year. Fact is 37 % of all pregnancies in New York City end in abortion.
  9. About 10% of pregnancies end in miscarriage.
  10. Amazingly pregnant women, at a healthy weight, only need to eat an extra 300 calories per day.
  11. About 70% of expectant mothers report some symptoms of morning sickness during the first trimester.
  12. The longest pregnancy in humans on record is 375 days (12.5 months). Amazingly, the delivered baby was only 6 pounds, 15 ounces
  13. Less than 1% of women in the US choose to deliver their babies at home, while 30% of Dutch women opt for home delivery.
  14. Fewer than 10% of babies are born on their exact due date, 50% are born within one week of the due date, and 90% within two weeks of the due date.
  15. The largest baby ever born weighed in at over 23 pounds but died just 11 hours after his birth in 1879. The largest surviving baby was born in October 2009 in Sumatra, Indonesia and weighed amazing 19.2 pounds at birth.
  16. The highest number of surviving children from a single birth is eight with Californian Nadya Suleman giving birth to octuplets in January 2009. She delivered six boys and two girls and all survived.
  17. Fact is every 90 seconds, one woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth.
  18. Amazing fact is that you can get pregnant when you’re already pregnant. A woman in Arkansas was documented to have carried two children with two different due dates.
  19. About 3% of all pregnant women will give birth to twins.This rate is an increase of nearly 60% since the early 1980s. However, 17% of pregnant women over 45 will give birth to twins. Tall women are also more likely to conceive twins.
  20. Fact is that of the average weight gain in pregnancy, 38% is the weight of the baby. The rest constitutes the placenta, fluid and blood and the fat gained on the breast and uterus.
  21. Nerve cells or neurons are produced in the fetus at an amazing rate of 250,000 per minute.
  22. The baby’s fingerprints are formed within the first three months of pregnancy.
  23. The last organ to develop in the baby is the lungs.
  24. Pregnant women experience a heightened sense of smell, which is the body’s way of signaling them away from bad food.
  25. You’re likely to urinate more even during first trimester as uterus expands onto bladder. Higher progesterone levels and the fact that tubes from your kidneys are dilated may also contribute to this.
  26. In the second half of pregnancy, the baby urinates about one litre per day. Amazingly the baby will then drink it.
  27. In fact, amniotic fluid is mostly sterile urine.
  28. Over the course of the pregnancy, the uterus stretches amazingly from the size of a peach to roughly the size of a medium watermelon which is about 500 times.
  29. The heart 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% I pregnancy!
  30. In order to prepare the body for birth, body produces a hormone called relaxin which softens body ligaments helping the baby pass through pelvis easily during labor.
  31. It is established that the baby gets nutrients before it is passed on to mother. This is why it is so important to eat regularly and healthily!
  32. Fetal temperature is normally half a degree centigrade or a degree Fahrenheit above the maternal temperature.
  33. Virtually all drugs taken by the mother cross the placenta to the fetus.
  34. Extra collagen in your skin tears when it stretches, causing stretch marks especially over abdomen. They won’t go after the birth but may fade.
  35. The ‘mask of pregnancy’ is caused by a change of pigment in your skin across your nose and cheeks in a butterfly shape. No one knows why it happens. It will fade after birth.
  36. Hair becomes glossy and thicker due to the oestrogen receptors it contains. It is thicker because growth has slowed down and hair loss is reduced. There is excessive hair fall after the birth which is the hair that would have been lost during the previous 9 months.
  37. In England, by law you may urinate anywhere in public, including inside a policeman’s helmet if you are pregnant.
  38. Placenta is a complex new organ formed that passes oxygen and nutrients from blood stream to the growing baby. It also protects baby from infection and helps to remove baby’s ‘waste products’, such as carbon dioxide.
  39. The placenta reaches maturity by 34 weeks. Linked to baby by the umbilical cord, the placenta will weigh about 700 gram at the time of delivery.
  40. When nearing the end of pregnancy, a woman’s placenta produces more estrogen in a day than a non-pregnant woman’s production in three years.
  41. Amazing fact is that in utero, baby girls develop all of the reproductive eggs they will ever use. Baby boys don’t develop sperm until puberty.
  42. Unborn babies can also cry. Because of all of the fluid, you can’t hear them. May be they are just practising.
  43. A baby starts making its first poo, called meconium, at around 21 weeks’ gestation. However, it won’t pass it until after its birth.
  44. During pregnancy, if the mother suffers organ damage, the baby in the womb sends stem cells to repair the damaged organ.
  45. According to a Swiss study, first labors require an average of 135 contractions and subsequent labors, 68.
  46. The only natural pregnancy induction method that is scientifically proven is nipple stimulation.
  47. One in 3 women give birth via Cesarean section. This number has tripled in the last 10 years!
  48. The woman who underwent the world’s first successful womb transplant became pregnant in 2013.
  49. One in every two thousand babies is born with a tooth.
  50. In 31 states of the U.S., Rapists can legally sue for child custody if the rape results in pregnancy.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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