7 surprising facts about pregnancy

Moms, check out these surprising facts about pregnancy. By Sharon Mahlase

Your body undergoes a lot of physical transformations when you’re expecting. We rounded-up 7 surprising facts about pregnancy you might not have known.

1. Your Uterus can grow as big as a watermelon

During the course of your pregnancy, your uterus stretches from the size of a peach to roughly the size of a medium watermelon. That’s about 500 times its normal size. Understandable why you can’t fit in your pre-pregnancy jeans!

2. Your feet can grow an entire shoe size

Extra fluid and water retention can cause a pregnant woman’s feet to grow up to one full shoe size. The expansion is gradual and therefore many women don’t notice this.

3. Your heart gets bigger

The size of your heart as well as its position also changes with pregnancy. Due to the uterus expanding, the diaphragm is pushed upwards which in turn pushes the heart further up in the chest cavity. The actual size of your heart increases by about 12% during pregnancy.

4. You lactate at the sound of a crying baby

Pregnant woman and new mothers can lactate automatically when they hear a baby crying from about the second or third trimester. This happens even if the baby is not yours.

5. You smell everything

Pregnant women really do experience a heightened sense of smell. This is basically the body’s way of steering them away from food that would be bad for the baby. This explains the food cravings too!

6. You become very limber

Pregnancy stretches women’s bodies significantly, a hormone called relaxin, which is supposed to relax the joints and stretch our ligaments also gets produced which explains this fact.

7. Your heartburn makes your baby’s hair grow

Ever heard about how pregnant women who experience heartburn give birth to babies with more hair? Well, there is scientific evidence to suggest that this might actually be true.

 Click here to read more about how your body changes during pregnancy.

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