Saturday, 15 February 2014

Some Amazing facts about pregnancy

 Some Amazing facts about pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of life’s miracles. You are growing a life, a child inside your body. It’s incredible.

 Did you know?

Your Sense of Smell Gets Better

During pregnancy, your sense of smell increases drastically, as does your sense of taste. Scientists hypothesize that this is to help pregnant mothers avoid eating small levels of toxins that might not be dangerous to an adult, but could be deadly to a fetus. As smoke, alcohol and coffee are all particularly noticeable to pregnant women, this theory certainly seems to be on the right path. Also they are due to high levels of estrogen and human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG).

Skin glows
Saying a pregnant woman is glowing is a common expression, but most people chalk it up to the woman's excitement about becoming a mommy. While you're pregnant, the amount of blood in your body will increase by 50%. The extra blood ends up showing through the skin in many areas.
On top of this, hormones cause the oil glands to become more active, resulting in a softer, shinier appearance. When the increased blood flow combines with shine, the result is a noticeable glow

Your Heart Grows

Did you know your heart organ actually enlarges while you are pregnant? It works harder and beats at a more rapid pace due to the increased volume of blood in your body. Your blood volume alone increases by 40-50%!

Your Uterus Expands Up To 500 Times Its Normal Size

A woman’s body is an incredible thing. Did you know the uterus enlarges up to 500 times its normal size? It can go from a couple of ounces to 1-2 pounds in weight. Once you have delivered it gradually goes back to its original size and weight.

Joints Soften

In order to prepare your body for birth, it produces a hormone called relaxin which softens your ligaments. This softening helps your baby pass through your pelvis during labor. Amazing isn’t it?

Feets get bigger

Feet will get bigger towards the end of the pregnancy. This occurs because of swelling and the pregnancy hormone, relaxin which loosens the ligaments causing your foot to spread apart. The swelling generally subsides after delivery

Some other facts

If you are within the normal weight range for your height you are less likely to suffer problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes during pregnancy.

Fetus starts moving shortly after the mother is 8 weeks pregnant.

Baby's life in the uterus is so noisy that he gets accustomed to constant noise.

Of the average weight gain in pregnancy, 38% is the weight of the baby. The rest constitutes the placenta, fluid and blood and the fat gained on the breast and uterus.

Nerve cells or neurons are produced in the fetus at an average rate of 250,000 per minute.

A pregnant body gains a minimum of 6.6 liters of fluid.

Pregnancy increases the body temperature thereby making the pregnant lady more prone to dehydration.

One in every two thousand babies is born with a tooth.

A fetus acquires fingerprints at the age of 3 months.

So here we come to the end of pregnancy awareness week- Isn’t it all amazing……

Mrs Shilpa Mittal
Nutritionist and Diet Consultant
Founder Shilpsnutrilife - Diet and lifestylemakeover