In our last post, we provided our readers with some – hopefully – helpful tips amidst some interesting facts surrounding the topic of pregnancy and bodily changes. We talked about how expectant mothers’ hearts grow during pregnancy, as do their feet and uterus. Of the three, luckily it’s the uterus that grows up to a full 500 times its original size.
We also highlighted the fact that some 50 percent of all mothers experience lower back pain for weeks and even months after giving birth. This is due to a hormone, the aptly named relaxin, which is released just before delivery to cause the relaxation of pelvic muscles and ligaments during childbirth. The trouble is, relaxin levels can stay high for months after their services are required, which can lead to spine misalignment and, therefore, back pain. Talk to your local midwife or physician if you are interested in learning more about preventative measures associated with lower back pain after childbirth.
But for now, sit back and relax, because we have more helpful facts and interesting tidbits related to pregnancy to help you get through your day. Keep reading if you are a fan of either, or both, of those things!
- Baby Kicks Are Quite Interesting – Did you know that a baby kicking is a signifier that your baby is well on its way to developing well? It means your baby is active – them tumbling, twisting, turning, prodding, and kicking in your womb means your child is developing their motor skills. Our readers might also find it interesting to note that the fluttering feeling you sometimes get is probably due to your little one stretching out their limbs a bit.
- Baby Kicks Can Also Be Response To Sounds – After the 20th week, a fetus is able to hear sounds from the outside world. At first, they will just be low-pitched, garbled noises. Over the following weeks, though, the noises will become more high-pitched and easy to pick out. Babies often respond to these noises by kicking and the like. In the same way, the flavors and spices the baby is introduced to can elicit a physical response from the little one. The trouble is, it’s difficult to tell whether your little gal or guy likes the food or is moving in protest or discomfort. It’s a fairly subjective matter, so we will leave that up to each mom to determine for herself!
- Fetuses Cry In The Womb – This one is surprising to many people. Most of us think life is fairly dormant before birth. There are not too many stimuli, save for the odd dollop of hot sauce mom ingested which has made its way to the little one. But overall, there isn’t much of note that’s going on. Still, research has shown that babies actually frown – and even cry – while in the womb. Sadly, it’s not yet known what triggers this reaction.
- Babies Use The Womb As Their Restroom – Yes, it’s true. But before you start judging the little one, remember that you did the same thing when you were that age! In fact, every single one of us has urinated into the amniotic fluid which made up our environment at the time. This means, as revolting as it sounds, that we also ingested this urine while swallowing the nourishing amniotic fluid. However, you might be at least somewhat relieved to learn that very few of us defecated while in utero. Generally speaking, mom takes care of the food waste. You should be aware that around 13 percent of kids do relieve themselves of solid waste that proved to be too big of a burden to bear. This might turn problematic as well, since this waste can get into the little one’s respiratory system. Consult your local midwife, WHNP, and/or physician about actionable information should this situation occur during your pregnancy.
- When a nursing mother hears a baby cry, sees a crying baby, or even thinks happy thoughts related to babies, she is much more likely to get an automatic milk letdown. Interestingly enough, this is how mothers who are struggling with nursing their little one are taught to improve the situation. Remember that if you are having a rough day and really just need to feed your kiddo!
- Your Hair Will Become More Lustrous During Pregnancy – Alright, this one just might be pure vanity. But spending a bit of time for self-care is key for any mother experiencing the ups and downs of pregnancy. While you might have heard that your hair will literally get thicker when you become pregnant, this isn’t quite the case. More accurately, your hair will probably become more full, which we will certainly not complain about! This occurrence can be attributed to the higher levels of estrogen, which means your hair doesn’t shed at its typical rate. Hence the postpartum hair loss that takes place after pregnancy. There is no need to be alarmed, your body is just catching up on lost time.
- Taller Mothers Are Clinically Proven To Have A Higher Chance Of Having Twins – According to a 2006 study performed by Long Island Jewish Medical Center, taller women simply have a greater chance of conceiving twins. If you think about the mothers of twins in your own life, we wouldn’t be surprised to hear that the majority of them are taller than your average lady.
- The longest pregnancy on record was a full 375 days long. 9 months is plenty long enough for us here at Deanna D. Midwifery of the Tri-Cities, thank you very much!
- Approximately 90 percent of the time, the mother’s skin tone changes during pregnancy. While most people won’t be able to notice, we bet that you will.
- A baby’s fingerprints are formed within the very first three months of pregnancy!
- Don’t be alarmed if you notice an increase in nosebleeds or an increase of bloody gums. Because there is an increase in blood flow, it’s not uncommon for these nuisances to happen more.
If you are in need of a holistic WHNP or certified midwife in the Tri-Cities region, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Deanna D. Midwifery. We are the top prenatal clinic of Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick, for good reason!