Saturday, 8 September 2012
Interesting Facts About Pregnancy
1. Tuesday is the most popular day for babies making their arrival in the world.
2. The number of multiple births has increased by more than 400 percent in the last 20 years.
3. During pregnancy, the average woman’s uterus expands up to five hundred times its normal size.
4. Nearly all babies are born with blue or blue-grey eyes. Permanent eye colouration develops during the following months.
5. A baby born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, is considered a premature baby.
6. The largest surviving baby ever born weighed 14 pounds, 13 ounces and was nearly 23 inches in length.
7. Unborn babies can hear things from as early as 12 weeks.
8. A pregnant woman’s dental health can affect her unborn child.
9. The average weight gained during pregnancy is 26-32 pounds.
10. At 16 weeks, the human fetus is 6 inches long and has all its organs formed
11. Only 25% of couples actively trying to conceive will experience pregnancy within the woman’s first cycle. However, 90% of couples will achieve pregnancy within the first 12 months of actively trying.
12. Fewer than 10% of babies are born on their exact due date, 50% are born within one week of the due date, and 90% are born within two weeks of the date
13. Pregnant women at a healthy weight should eat an extra 300 calories per day.
14. While not all pregnant women will crave pickles and ice cream specifically, pregnancy cravings are rooted in the body’s extra need for minerals and comfort-inducing serotonin
15. Pregnant women usually experience a heightened sense of smell beginning late in the first trimester. Some experts call this the body’s way of protecting a pregnant women from foods that are unsafe for the fetus
16. The feet do not actually get longer or wider during pregnancy, most women do gain up to half a shoe size, due to increased fluid volume in the foot