There are so many surprising things about being pregnant and most of us aren't aware of them until they happen to us!
1. Babies still have to relieve themselves in utero.
This will happen from the second quarter of your pregnancy, onward. Unborn babies urinate inside the uterus and then end up drinking it. Did you know that the majority of amniotic fluid is composed of stale urine?
2. Breastfeeding is an instinct.
Mothers and pregnant women can let down milk automatically when they hear a baby crying, regardless of whether it is their own.
3. Your body is way more elastic than you think.
The uterus expands more than 500 times its normal size to accommodate the fetus.
4. The amount of estrogen in your body soars.
When you are just a few hours away from giving birth, your placenta will produce more estrogen in a day than a woman who is not pregnant would during a period of three years.
5. Your baby eats before you do
During your pregnancy, the nutrients in the food you eat will pass to your baby first. That is why it's not advisable to skip meals if you are pregnant, since that can harm both you and your baby.
6. Your body produces more blood.
During pregnancy, your body needs more oxygen, so it increases the production of red blood cells by up to 20 percent. Your body produces 50 percent more blood while you're pregnant as compared to when you are not pregnant, and your heart pumps 40 percent more blood. This is one of the reasons why doctors generally prescribes extra iron during pregnancy.
7. Some parts of your body will darken
Many women experience a change in color on their faces during pregnancy, giving them a butterfly-like pattern across their cheeks and nose. The reason is unclear but is very similar to the vertical line below the navel that appears in the middle of the belly during pregnancy. This is due to melatonin levels.