The science of pregnancy is amazing! See for yourself in the answers below.
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A 2006 study done by Dr. Gary Steinman found that taller women tend to have twins more often than shorter women.
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Gender is determined on day one, but the parents will have to wait until the fetus is four and half to five months old to be able to see the answer on a ultrasound. (And that’s only if the fetus decides to co-operate.)
Pregnant women crave certain foods because their body is lacking in nutrients. When a woman is pregnant her body will do anything to protect the fetus – even it means convincing her to eat pickles and ice cream! Along the same lines, the sense of smell is heightened which can cause extra food sensitivities for pregnant women.
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50% of babies are born within a week of their due dates. Due dates are calculated based on a woman’s cycle which varies from woman to woman. Even though they’re not exact, due dates are a helpful guideline to help families prepare for their new arrival.
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It might surprise you but a fetus’ brain is developed enough to form brainwaves around 45 days after conception. I wonder what they’re thinking about?
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The fetus in this picture is about 11 weeks old.
Increased blood flow causes the glow. When you’re pregnant your blood volume increases by as much as 50%. That extra blood is easy to see in her cheeks where the blood vessels are close to the surface. additionally, extra estrogen in the body prevents the hair from shedding as usual so a pregnant woman has a fuller head of hair.
She has all her eggs before she’s born. A baby girl is born with close a million eggs. By the time she reaches puberty 300 000 eggs remain. Out of all those, only 300-400 eggs will be ovulated during her lifetime.
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At around 21 days the fetus’ heart starts beating and it beats really quickly! A healthy adult heart beats 60 – 100 times a minute but a fetus’ heart beats almost twice as fast.
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This fetus is just 16 weeks old but he’s developed enough to be able to suck his own thumb.
On the first day of pregnancy all the DNA is in place.
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Most babies start to teethe between 4 and 7 months old, but a rare few are born with a tooth. Just because they have a tooth doesn’t mean they’re ready for solid food. These rare babies still drink milk or formula just like other babies.
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When she’s not pregnant a woman’s uterus is pretty small. During pregnancy it can really stretch, especially if she’s carrying multiples.
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Can you imagine being pregnant for more than a year?
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The youngest surviving fetus was born at just over 5 months. Doctors are getting better and better at saving these tiny babies – often called micro preemies – but science still can’t improve upon the ideal conditions of a mother’s womb.
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Nigeria has the highest rate of twins in the world. Some scientists think it may be due the large number of yams Nigerian women eat.
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The baby starts to move around 8 weeks, but the mother might not feel the movement until a little later. Babies move less as they grow and run out of room.
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Babies develop their sense of taste during the second trimester, but it will be months before they’re ready to eat anything other than milk or formula. Infants have very sensitive taste buds so they prefer bland foods at first.