8 Strange & Weird things about pregnancy

The moment you get pregnant, you will be in the middle of lots of do's and don'ts and "experiences" to guide you. As if not enough of this, most of us read a lot about what to expect while expecting, or rather what are the unexpected twists and turns that may happen during pregnancy. What if we tell you, there are some things about pregnancy that we bet you still unaware of? Brace yourself! Here we list some super weird things about pregnancy that will blow your mind.

1. Your unborn baby can save your life:

Most of the mother starts to think she is her unborn baby's savior. Well, you might be keenly watching your diet and make sure what all you are taking will nourish your baby utmost.  Do you know that your child can be your savior? Yes, it is true.  In the course of pregnancy, if the mother suffers organ damage, Fetal stem cells can migrate through the placenta into the mother's organs, including the heart, kidney, skin, muscle, thyroid, and lungs and repair the damaged tissue, thereby, keeping the mother out of danger. 

2. Your husband can also develop delivery symptoms:

Yes, you read it right.  As per certain studies conducted, pregnancy can have certain effects on the husband as well. Just like the mother, unborn baby's father (or, in some cases, a very close friend or relative) also mimics pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness, bloating, minor weight gain and disturbed sleep pattern. This is also known as Sympathetic Pregnancy or Couvades syndrome and strangely it is not rare among couples who live together and are expecting a baby.

3. Babies may start crying in the womb:

Your baby's first cry may take place in the womb, way before you hear it in the delivery room. To demonstrate this, in one study, a live video was recorded to see the change in expression of the fetus if they get disturbed. For this, a low-decibel noise played on the mother's abdomen. What happened was an unexpected for the viewers. The startled fetus display typical crying expression, such as opening its mouths, depressing its tongue, taking several irregular breaths before exhaling (like we gasp while crying).

4. Pregnant women who snore are at higher risk of c-sections or delivering smaller babies:

According to research that appears in the scientific journal Sleep from the University of Michigan Health System, pregnant women snored three or more nights during a week had an increased risk of C-sections and more chance of delivering smaller babies. Also, chronic snorers are two thirds more likely to have a preemie than non-snorers. This is because Snoring is a key sign of obstructive sleep apnea that can result in low levels of oxygen throughout the night that bring about these poor pregnancy outcomes.

5. "Pregnancy brain" is not a myth.

Around 50 to 80 percent of pregnant women account for memory lapses or focus problems. This phenomenon is found to increase during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. It is proved that the pregnant women perform worse on spatial memory tests than non-pregnant women during this time. Researchers suggest a surge of pregnancy hormones can be the reason for pregnancy brain.

6. More babies are not keeping punctuality:

No more than 10% of babies are born correctly on the due date. 50% arrives within one week of the due date, and 90% comes around two weeks of the date.

7. Your pelvic bone never will be same after your first time delivery:

Contrary to your belief, it's not the hip bone that expands during delivery, but it is the pelvis bone structure does alter due to childbirth. After the first time delivery of a woman, her pelvic bone will actually split in the middle. The cartilage stretches in the middle of the pubic bone. The bone doesn't break, but it never will return to its previous condition as well.

8. Bizarre  Uterus facts

A woman's uterus expands more than 500 times its original size during the course of pregnancy. In addition to this gigantic expansion, the force inside of a woman's uterus from pushing a contraction if decoded, it will be around 397 pounds of pressure per square foot or 2.8 pounds of pressure per inch on the baby's head.

 

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