19 Cool Facts About Pregnancy

A lot happens during the roughly 40 weeks of pregnancy. If you are a soon-to-be new mother, here are some surprising information nuggets you may not know...
1. The longest recorded

pregnancy was 375 days. According to a 1945 entry in Time Magazine, a woman named Beulah Hunter gave birth in Los Angeles nearly 100 days after the average 280-day pregnancy

2. One of the shortest recorded

pregnancies, where the infant survived, was just 22 weeks. The baby had several complications but survived. An even younger baby, born at 21 weeks and 4 days, is now a toddler

3. Blood volume in the body during

pregnancy increases 40 to 50 per cent. This increase helps with the extra oxygen needed to support a healthy pregnancy

4. The uterus can expand greatly

during pregnancy. During the first trimester, it’s about the size of an orange. By the third trimester, it expands to the size of a watermelon

5. Moms-to-be can start producing

breast milk just 14 weeks into their pregnancy

6. 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

7. By the third trimester

a developing baby can recognise their mother’s voice from inside the womb

8. About 1 in every 2,000 babies

are born with teeth. These are loose natal teeth and sometimes need to be removed by a doctor. They can be painful for the mother during breastfeeding. They can also be dangerous — there’s a risk they may be dislodged and inhaled

9. Many pregnant women in China

avoid cold foods like ice cream and watermelon. They prefer hot drinks like tea and soup, believing that pregnancy is of a “cold” nature and that hot liquids help balance the yin and yang. There’s no evidence to support this claim, but this is still a common cultural practice

10. In Japan, pregnant women can

be issued a badge to put on a bag or hang on a necklace. The idea is that commuters on trains and buses will see the badge and offer their seats even when a woman is in early pregnancy and not yet noticeably showing

11. About 32 people

out of every 1,000 is a twin. In the United States, the state with the highest percentages of twins is Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. New Mexico has the lowest

12. Opposite-sex twins

(one boy and one girl) make up approximately one-third of twin births

13. One in eight couples

in the United States has trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy

14. Over seven million women in

the United States receive infertility services in their lifetime

15. The mean age of women having

their first child in the United States rose from 24.9 in 2000 to 26.3 in 2014

16. In 2015, 32 per cent of babies

born in the United States were delivered via caesarean section. There were 2,703,504 natural deliveries and 1,272,503 babies born by caesarean

17. There has been a rise in the

number of water births in recent years. Just shy of 10 per cent of all United States hospitals offer water immersion options for delivery

18. Babies can cry in the womb

Researchers found expressions of displeasure in ultrasounds starting at just 28 weeks

19. In 1879, the heaviest recorded baby

was born, weighing in at 22 pounds. Sadly, he passed away 11 hours after delivery. Since then, healthy babies have been born in Italy and Brazil weighing 22 pounds, 8 ounces, and 16 pounds, 11.2 ounces, respectively


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