Think you know everything about being pregnant? Think again! Here are nine totally awesome pregnancy facts that might just surprise you…
- You can be pregnant for a whole year! The world’s longest pregnancy lasted 375 days, strangely, the baby was only a little under seven pounds.
- You blood flow increases by 50% during the second stage of pregnancy so it’s not uncommon to have nose bleeds or bloody gums.
- Your feet can grow by up to one size during pregnancy. The relaxin hormone (used by the body to help your muscles and joints relax so the baby can pass through the birth canal) can also loosen the ligaments in your feet. That combined with your increased body weight adds to your foot’s width and length– luckily the effect isn’t permanent.
- You really do only need to eat an extra 200 calories a day – that’s the equivalent to a slice of banana on toast.
- Higher levels of oestrogen in your body during your pregnancy prevents your hair from shedding at its normal rate. This results in fuller hair and the dreaded hair loss after pregnancy.
- During pregnancy, the average woman’s uterus expands up to five hundred times its normal size.
- During your pregnancy, the nutrients from the food you eat goes to your baby first before it passes over to you. Even if you skip a meal your body will take the nutrients from you to keep baby healthy which is why you should eat regularly and often.
- Did you know that some dads-to-be experience pregnancy symptoms along with their partners? It’s called the couvade syndrome and symptoms can include weight gain, morning sickness and cramping.
- Overdue mums-to-be try all sorts of tricks to get labour started. Tea, oils, spicy foods, sex…but there is no evidence that any of these actually work. The only technique proven by research is nipple stimulation, but it requires three hours a day, and that can get pretty uncomfortable.