Your heart actually grows

It seems that becoming a mother makes your heart grow literally as well as figuratively.  Your blood volume increases by up to 50% and your heart beats faster & stronger, growing larger to keep up with supporting your baby growing in your womb. 

Your partner may experience pregnancy symptoms

Did you know that men can also experience pregnancy symptoms?  This is known as ‘Couvade Syndrome or ‘Sympathetic Pregnancy’’.  Some men experience weight gain, nausea and swelling in tandem with their pregnant partners.

Babies cry in the womb

Did you know that your baby actually starts crying long before birth!  Studies have shown that babies begin to cry silently in the womb at as early as 28 weeks.  Scientists believe that this is a form of practice communication for when babies are born, rather than a reaction to feelings.

Your baby recognizes voices while in utero

By the third trimester, your baby will become acquainted with your voice as well as other voices that it is frequently exposed to. If your partner sings to the baby on a regular basis, the baby will soon recognize that distinct voice and song. After birth, your partner can repeat the song they have been singing to the baby in utero and this will be recognized by the baby and help calm and soothe the baby, as well as lower the baby’s stress levels.  In the same way, use your hypnobirthing music!

It is possible to be pregnant for over a year

The longest pregnancy ever recorded was the pregnancy of a woman named Beulah Hunter from Los Angeles.   Beulah’s pregnancy was 12 and a half months long……… 3 months longer than the average pregnancy!

Taller women are more likely to conceive twins

According to a study published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, women over 5 feet 5 inches tall are more likely to conceive fraternal twins.  This is because taller women have higher levels of a certain protein released from the liver that is linked to increased ovulation.

Your feet can ‘grow’ up to one full size

When you’re pregnant, it’s not uncommon for your feet to ‘grow’, meaning you may have to go up a shoe size.  There are a few reasons for this, including the loosening of your ligaments making your feet wider due to dropped arches, pregnancy weight gain and the associated swelling.

Your voice can change during pregnancy

That’s because hormonal changes can cause your vocal folds to swell. It will most likely go back to normal after delivery or breastfeeding.

Pregnant women suffering from heartburn are more likely to give birth to babies with full heads of hair

This was once thought to be an old wives tale but has now actually been proven to be true by researchers at John Hopkins University.  Apparently women with high levels of certain hormones can result in heartburn and these very same hormones can play a role in how much hair babies can grow in the womb.

The placenta is the body’s only disposable organ

The placenta is made from the same cells that make your baby – sperm and egg. Some cells differentiate into the baby and others go on to form the placenta. The placenta does its job supporting and nourishing your baby and when it is no longer needed, it is expelled, making it the body’s only disposable organ.

A 35 week baby’s brain weighs just two-thirds of what it does at 39 weeks

The last weeks of pregnancy put the finishing touches on your baby and let it enter the world ready for life on the outside. There is an amazing amount of brain growth that occurs in the last few weeks. The maturing foetus adds another one-third of it’s brain weight in those last few weeks, which is why is one of many reasons why it is so important to prevent preterm birth.

The full term pregnant uterus is the strongest muscle in the human body

A non-pregnant uterus is the size and shape of a pear. But at full term, that uterus has grown to the size and shape of a watermelon in order to accommodate the mature foetus. At this point, it is the strongest muscle in the human body

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