15 Crazy Pregnancy Facts That You May Not Be Aware Of

Unveiling the phase of pregnancy.     

15 Crazy Pregnancy Facts That You May Not Be Aware Of
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Pregnancy is a phase of life for a woman, wherein she has to experience major changes, both emotionally and physically. That is the time she needs extra care and attention. Here, we get to you the other side of the story, some of the startling facts that will serve as eye-openers for you. 

Did you know that babies pee and poop in the womb? Did you know that the youngest mother was five years of age? Did you know that what a mother eats during her pregnancy affects her child's future eating preferences? Well, this world is full of mysteries and facts and here we try to unveil some of the really fun and quirky ones. 

The facts are such that you will be compelled to share them with your expecting friends. 

Here you go!  

#1. The youngest confirmed mother in medical history is Lina Medina.

#1. The youngest confirmed mother in medical history is Lina Medina.

To be exact, Lina was five years, seven months, and 21 days old when she gave birth to a baby boy by C-section in May 1939. Also, there were certain medical reports which conveyed that she had been having regular periods since the age of three.   

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#2. According to the  Guinness Book of World Records: 

#2. According to the  Guinness Book of World Records: 
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The heaviest birth was by Canadian Anna Bates in 1879. She was7 feet 11.5 inches (2.43 m) tall. The baby boy weighed 23.12 lb (10.8 kg) and died 11 hours after birth.   

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#3. The longest pregnancy lasted for 375 days.

#3. The longest pregnancy lasted for 375 days.
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Beulah Hunter, a 25-year old woman from Los Angeles, gave birth to a daughter, Penny Diana Hunter in 1945, after one year and 10 days of pregnancy. An average pregnancy lasts for 280 days.  

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#4. The Russian woman who reportedlty gave birth to 69 children. 

#4. The Russian woman who reportedlty gave birth to 69 children. 
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Known as 'the wife of Feodor Vassilyev' from the village of Shuya, she gave birth to 69 children during 27 pregnancies. You will be surprised to know that she popped out 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four quadruplets. 

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#5. Babies pee in the womb and also drink it.

#5. Babies pee in the womb and also drink it.
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And they also swallow their pee. They also poop! Gosh! Yes, that is a serious fact. 

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#6. Pregnant women and new mothers can lactate when...

#6. Pregnant women and new mothers can lactate when...
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They hear a baby crying. This is the case, even when the baby is not theirs. Such is the connection! 

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#7. Babies cry in the womb.

#7. Babies cry in the womb.
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Well, humans are full of emotions, even before birth! Hence proven.  

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#8. The uterus can expand to nearly 500 times the normal size, 

#8. The uterus can expand to nearly 500 times the normal size, 
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During the course of pregnancy. That is a great deal of elasticity.  

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#9. A pregnant woman's blood volume can increase by 30% to 50% during pregnancy.

#9. A pregnant woman's blood volume can increase by 30% to 50% during pregnancy.
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This is the reason for swelling in their feet and pain is felt in different parts of the body.   

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#10. A mother's diet during pregnancy does affect the future choices of the baby.

#10. A mother's diet during pregnancy does affect the future choices of the baby.
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Studies have shown that food aversions and preferences start in the womb. This happens after birth too, as flavour molecules also travel in the breast milk.  

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#11. Babies can open their eyes in the womb.

#11. Babies can open their eyes in the womb.
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They can also see the light from outside. The eyes first generally open in between the 26 and 28 weeks. They have a blur vision and respond with a flutter to the bright sources of light like the sun or flashlight. 

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#12. Baby's fingerprints...

#12. Baby's fingerprints...
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Appear in the first three months of the pregnancy. 

Now that's an intriguing fact. 

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#13. Nearly one in 2000 babies is born with a tooth.

#13. Nearly one in 2000 babies is born with a tooth.
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Gosh, such rare are natal teeth. 

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#14. A developing baby's heart starts pumping blood.

#14. A developing baby's heart starts pumping blood.
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And by the time of 8 months, it starts beating at a normal pace of 160 times in a minute. The thumping can be heard with ultrasound technology. 

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#15. Single cell layer that separates the mother from the baby.

#15. Single cell layer that separates the mother from the baby.
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This is because the nutrients can pass through the walls easily, that is, between a baby's placenta and mom's uterine wall.  

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We hope these facts enlightened you on the divine process of pregnancy.  

Is child birth a gift of God?