Being pregnant and having my twins was a beautiful experience. I’ll never forget the bond that I had with them right from the start. During those nine months of pregnancy we were literally and proverbially connected. It was fantastic. It was spiritual; and it’s a feeling that I think all women should experience at least once.
But for all of that beauty and mushy-gushiness, there is also a very strange, dark, disgusting, horrifying, and occasionally, disturbing side to being pregnant. Your body is changing, shifting, and contorting to accommodate this little helpless creature (two in my case). They suck every ounce of your energy from you like an adorable little parasite.
There are millions of things about pregnancy that aren’t listed in books and that no one ever tells you about. For instance, did you know that being pregnant can cause you to have perpetual hiccups for months on end?.. And that’s not even the strangest.
Here are 13 strange and interesting pregnancy facts that I’d bet you didn’t know.
- During pregnancy, the average woman's uterus expands up to five hundred times its normal size. That’s some super stretchy ute’.
- All the eggs a woman will ever produce are stored in her ovaries before she’s born. In comparison, it can take up to a few weeks for a man to make fully mature sperm again after he’s um… you know. Men in general don’t actually make sperm at all until puberty.
- Most of what makes up amniotic fluid is sterile urine.
- Approximately one in three babies in the United States is now delivered by cesarean section. The number of cesarean sections in the U.S. has risen nearly 46% since 1996.
Not good when women back in the day would pop out a baby in a rice patty. We’re soft!
- Everyone knows that pregnant women usually experience a heightened sense of smell beginning late in the first trimester. But I bet you didn’t know that some experts call this the body’s way of protecting a pregnant woman from foods that are unsafe for the fetus.
- While the feet do not actually get longer or wider during pregnancy, most women do gain up to half a shoe size, but it’s due to increased fluid volume… not bone growth.
- Hyper-pigmentation, or excessive color in skin, occurs in 90% of all pregnant women.
- Your chances of having a baby boy outnumber your chances of having a girl.
- The average size of a full-term baby in the U.S. is 8 pounds. This is an increase from an average size of 6 pounds 30 years ago.
Things that make you go ‘hmm’.
- According to a Time magazine article published in 1945, the longest pregnancy on record is 375 days (as opposed to the usual 280 days). Amazingly, the delivered baby was only 6 pounds, 15 ounces.
Hello, can we say self-induce?! That woman must have been miserable!
- Approximately 10% of pregnancies will end in miscarriage. Many miscarriages often occur before a woman even knows she is pregnant. It happens just like a normal cycle. :(
- During pregnancy, a woman is more likely to experience bleeding gums and nosebleeds due to hormonal changes that increase blood flow to the mouth and nose.
- Tall women are more likely to conceive twins.
This one’s true! I know from experience being 5’ 9” and having had twins myself. :D