Being pregnant seems both magical and terrifying. On the one hand, you are carrying another human being within you and, on the other hand … you are carrying another human being within you. That fact alone is mind-boggling. However, there are things you did not know about pregnancy that can easily surprise everyone who is more relaxed.

11 things you might not know about pregnancy

1. The uterus grows like crazy

During the course of pregnancy, the uterus grows 500 times its normal size. This essentially means that the uterus goes from the size of an orange to the size of a watermelon.

2. Feet can be made longer and wider

A 2013 study by Professor Neil Segal led him to conclude that pregnancy can change a woman’s shoe size. 30-60% of the women he interviewed (who had been pregnant at least once) told the researcher that their shoe size had changed as a result of carrying a child. This may be due to the extra weight they are carrying, which puts pressure on their lower halves.

3. Your baby will urinate inside you

The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin reveals that while in its mother’s womb, a baby will produce urine. This can occur from the fifth week of gestation. And where exactly does this urine go, you ask? Well, it turns out that babies actually ingest this fluid after it becomes part of the amniotic fluid that surrounds them in the womb.

4. A crying baby can trigger breastfeeding

New mothers and pregnant women, according to the California Pacific Medical Center , can begin breastfeeding the moment they hear a baby cry. Also, this baby doesn’t have to be yours for them to start secreting milk.

5. You will be more prone to broken bones

A hormone known as relaxin makes it easier for pregnant women to break their bones. This is because this substance softens your joints so that your hips and pelvis can prepare to flare for birth.

6. Babies can cry in the womb

When examining 4D ultrasounds, technicians have noticed that babies sometimes cry in the womb. The scientists also observed this by studying the breathing patterns of unborn babies.

7. More estrogen is produced

The International Pharmacy for Women reveals that by the time a woman is six weeks pregnant, she will produce three times more estrogen than at the peak of her menstrual cycle. This can easily (and understandably) affect your mood.

8. The sense of smell can increase

Hormones on the attack again. This phenomenon that occurs with the smell of the pregnant woman, is known as hyperosmia, and occurs during the first trimester of pregnancy. The increase in estrogens can cause alterations in the sense of smell of the pregnant woman.

Smells that were previously pleasant or unnoticed can cause nausea and even vomiting. And it is common for pregnant women to change perfume during pregnancy or to reject foods they once loved.

9. Your blood increases in volume

To adapt to the growth of pregnancy, the body’s blood increases by an astonishing 50%. This causes the heart to pump more blood as the uterus receives one-fifth of the blood supply a woman had before she was pregnant.

10. Pregnancy in the brain is one thing

If you read pregnancy manuals and listen to pregnant mothers, yes, there is such a thing as brain pregnancy or mummies. And there’s also research evidence showing memory deficiencies. This is because pregnant women must deal with increased hormone levels, lack of sleep, stress, and more.

11. Taller women are more likely to conceive twins

A 2006 study found that of the 125 women who gave birth to twins and 24 who gave birth to triplets, those who gave birth to two or more babies were typically an inch taller. It was explained that any circumstance that affects the amount of insulin-like growth factor available to modify the sensitivity of the ovary to follicle-stimulating hormone appears to govern the rate of spontaneous twinning.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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