Interesting and Fascinating Truths About Pregnancy
The cat is out of the bag and I've just announced I am expecting baby number five next year with family and friends.
If I'm completely honest, I'm bricking it - the house is going to be just a tad bit crazier than normal. Oh and I'm gutted we cleared out every single baby-related item earlier this year so we will be starting from scratch. But anyways...
Pregnancy fascinates me. I find it mesmerising how our bodies create life, how we carry these little creatures in our wombs and then deliver tiny little human beings. It's pretty amazing, isn't it?
Here are some interesting and fascinating truths about pregnancy that you may not know:
1. Babies swim around and drink their own urine. Typically babies start to pee from about eight weeks but when their kidney develop between 13 to 16 weeks they can not only pee but drink their own urine. When your pregnancy hits the halfway mark (twenty weeks) amniotic fluid is pretty much all urine.
2. When expecting a baby it is possible for a mum-to-be to start lactating upon hearing the cries of a newborn baby. In fact, this can happen post pregnancy too.
3. The only scientifically proven way to naturally induce labour is by stimulating the nipples. Although there is a specific technique to it so maybe ask your doctor how to do it if you want the baby out.
4. During each pregnancy, the uterus stretches 500 times its original size. After delivery, it returns to its prepregnancy size.
5. Most babies hold their poop until after they are born called meconium and if you ask me it's a vile, odourless substance that is a bugger to clean. Meconium is made up of hair, skin, blood cells, bile, mucus and amniotic fluid.
6. Babies can cry in the womb. Research shows a baby can display traditional crying behaviour in the womb from about 28 weeks which has been proven numerous time through 3d scans.
7. During pregnancy, you may develop a dark line down your belly known as the linea nigra during pregnancy. It is caused by higher melatonin levels and it will fade shortly after your pregnancy.
8. During pregnancy, you grow a new organ. Your placenta passes oxygen and nutrients from your bloodstream to your baby. Not only that, it helps protect your baby from infections and helps remove waste products like carbon dioxide.
9. Your baby gets fed before you do. That's right, your growing bump will get the nutrients from your food before you do. That is why it is so important to stay stocked up on iron, folic acid and other vitamins.
10. During pregnancy, babies develop hair all over their bodies called lanugo. However, it usually falls off before giving birth.
11. Your body can swell and expand anywhere during pregnancy due to the extra fluid circulating in your body. The most common area to swell is the ankles.
Kellie Kearney is a Dublin mammy of kids aged 2, 3, 4 and 8 (she is currently pregnant with #5). A self-confessed procrastinator and picker-upper of things, Kellie's loves include coffee, doughnuts, travel and sharing every day true to life moments on Instagram of her growing family. Follow her on www.instagram.com/mylittlebabog.