Pregnancy

16 crazy pregnancy facts that the doctor forgot to tell you

You already know pregnancy is an incredible time in a mum’s life, filled with strange symptoms, crazy cravings and emotional outbursts. But beyond the stretch marks and the sleep problems there is another whole wacky world to pregnancy. And we’ve uncovered it all right here.

Prepare to be blown away by the sheer craziness of these pregnancy facts.

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Did you know?

1. During pregnancy, you grow an organ.

Not just a baby. But an actual organ too – the placenta.

2. The placenta will grow 50 kilometres of blood vessels.

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No wonder you’re so bloody tired all the time!

3. Placenta is Latin for “Cake.”

Why nobody brings this awesome tidbit of trivia up during antenatal class is beyond me! And for those who choose to encapsulate or consume the placenta, this fact brings a whole new meaning to the term, “You can have your cake and eat it too”.

4. Pregnancy can last over a year.

Not normally, of course, but it has in the past. In 1945 to be exact when 25-year-old Beulah Hunter gave birth to her daughter Penny, after carrying her for over a year. Beulah’s last menstrual cycle was an incredible 375 days (12.5 months) before her daughter’s birth.

5. Babies in the womb drink a whole lot of pee.

7-month fetus in womb

From the second trimester on, babies pee in the uterus, then drink it. Then pee again. Then drink it. In fact, amniotic fluid is pretty much just sterilised pee. And babies drink about 1 litre of it each day.

6. In addition to drinking urine, babies also cry in the womb.

But scientists explain that it’s not because they are sad or distressed. They are just practising.

7. A woman’s uterus expands to more than 500 times its normal size over the course of a pregnancy

And, oddly enough, so do their feet (it’s the extra blood circulating). And their hearts. A pregnant woman’s heart can grow up to 12 per cent to accommodate the extra blood for bub. Like a pregnant Grinch. Nawwww.

8. Even in the womb, your little one eats first.

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Baby takes all the nutrients he needs before the food goes on to you. Again, it must be practising for life outside the womb. Because the moment you sit down to enjoy a meal, your baby will decide he needs to feed first.

9. Skin changes are incredibly common.

Nine in ten women experience a change in skin tone during pregnancy.

10. You can get pregnant when you’re already pregnant.

It’s incredibly rare but it has happened. Known as superfetation, double pregnancy occurs when the body carries on releasing more eggs for fertilisation after a pregnancy has already started.

11. You are more likely to break a bone during pregnancy.

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You can thank the hormone relaxin for this. It softens the joints so that your hips and pelvis can open up for birth but also makes your bones more prone to breaks.

12. The most common pregnancy cravings are fruit, milk, chocolate, salty snacks and dairy products.

And the most common food aversion? Meat, according to Janet Pope, PhD, an associate professor of nutrition and dietetics at Louisiana Tech University.

13. Your unborn baby can actually heal you.

If a mother damages an organ during pregnancy, the baby in the womb sends stem cells to help repair the damage.

14. In Australia, most women opt for pain relief.

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3 out of 4 women who experienced onset labour said yes to medication.

15. Your uterus is basically stronger than a body builder.

And it deserves a medal. Because with every contraction during labour, the force equates to 180 kilograms of pressure per square foot.

16. Your pelvis falls into one of four different categories.

There’s the Gynaecoid pelvis, the Anthropoid pelvis, the Android pelvis and the Platypelloid pelvis. The most suitable (and common) pelvic shape for childbirth is the Gynaecoid pelvis. And that’s your anatomy lesson for the day.

The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Pack

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*Please note that The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy range promotes healthy weight gain in pregnancy*

Boost your nutrients in pregnancy with our Pregnancy Smoothie and Eating & Exercise Book, which have been specially formulated to help women reach these additional calorie and nutrient needs.

The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie is designed to complement, not replace, your prenatal vitamin intake. Our nutritionists ensured that the vitamins and minerals in the smoothie are at a low level so there is no risk of doubling up on any pregnancy vitamins.

It is ideal as a high-protein, high-calcium snack in pregnancy. You can download the Pregnancy Smoothie Label here

About the Pregnancy Smoothie

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The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie is a convenient and easy supplementary food, designed to complement your existing pregnancy vitamins or supplements, to help you meet the extra protein, vitamin and mineral requirements during your pregnancy.

Please read below for all the information on the smoothie – you can also see the FAQ on the smoothie here.

The pregnancy smoothie is also free of all chemicals, fillers and artificial ingredients, has no fructose in, no added sugar and uses high quality dairy protein sourced from grass fed cows in New Zealand.

Purchase your Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie here.

How can the Pregnancy Smoothie help?

  • HEALTHY INCREASED CALORIES – Additional nutrients and calories are needed in pregnancy to support the mum and the baby – and the smoothie is a convenient and tasty way to increase your calories in pregnancy whilst nourishing your body.
  • MORNING SICKNESS – If you are suffering from morning sickness and find eating food difficult – the smoothie is a great way to nourish your body with a easy to drink smoothie- it also contains ginger.
  • TIREDNESS – If you are feeling exhausted, the smoothie is a nutrient dense snack high in protein, B vitamins and low constipation iron to help keep energy levels up.
  • CONVENIENT- if you are struggling to find the time or energy to eat nutrient dense and healthy foods then the smoothie will be a great help. You could also have it as a quick breakfast by adding fruit, oats and vegetables to your smoothie to further increase calories.
  • PROTEIN & CALCIUM – It is ideal as a high-protein, high-calcium snack in pregnancy with each smoothie giving you 30% of your protein needs

Key nutrients needed for pregnancy

The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie provides a Good Source of Vitamins & Minerals – providing extra nutrition, including protein, vitamins & minerals for expectant mums

  • Folate – contributes to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy. Consumption of at least 400mcg† per day, at least one month before & three months following conception may reduce the risk of fetal neural tube defects
  • Vitamin B12 – necessary for normal cell division, neurological structure & function, & contributes to normal blood formation, which are important processes during pregnancy
  • Calcium – necessary for normal teeth, bone structure, important for baby’s development
  • Iodine, Phosphorous, Vitamin D & Vitamin B12 – contribute to normal growth & development, including that of the baby
  • Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folate & Iron– contributes to the reduction of tiredness & fatigue, symptoms often experienced by expectant mums
  • Protein – necessary for tissue building & repair, normal growth & development of bone & contributes to the growth of muscle mass
  • Probiotics – contribute to gastrointestinal health & the maintenance of beneficial gastrointestinal microflora, which can benefit pregnant women
  • Fibre – aids in regular bowel motions, which can become irregular during pregnancy.

You can download the Pregnancy Smoothie Label here.  

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written by:

Jenna Galley

Born and raised in Canada, Jenna traded in the cold mountain air for the laid back lifestyle of Australia nine years ago. She is now a mum to one son, one daughter, one dog and one cat, all of whom live with her and her partner in Cairns, QLD. When not writing about the ups and downs of parenting, she is usually outside doing some form of physical activity or indulging in a glass of antioxidant-infused fruit drink. Okay, it's wine.