I’m at the end of my own pregnancy, and I’ve reached the uncomfortable, get-me-outta-this-body phase. So to try and stay positive and celebrate what I have been through these past 8 months, I found these interesting, amazing facts about pregnancy.
Your Body Protects Your Baby First
Just like a mother, our bodies actually put our babies above us on the priority scale. Our body will give all of our stored nutrients to our baby, even if we skip a meal or don’t eat enough for ourselves. For example, if we are short on calcium, our bodies will pull it from our bones to give to baby, which is why it’s super-important to get enough calcium so we don’t end up with poor bone health down the line.
Your Uterus Grows 500x It’s Normal Size
When you begin your pregnancy, your uterus is the size of a pear. By 40 weeks, it’s the size of a watermelon, and a big one! Yet our bodies stretch, adjust, and accommodate the change beautifully.
You Gain Flexibility
Because of the hormone relaxin that loosens joints, you become more flexible than you were before pregnancy. I am not a particularly flexible person, and have been amazed at the yoga poses I can now perform that I couldn’t before.
Your Hair Is More Luxurious
During pregnancy you don’t lose hair at the normal rate that you did before you were pregnant, so it feels fuller and thicker. This is because of higher levels of estrogen. The change is temporary though, as you’ll lose it a little faster after baby arrives, but only the amount you would have lost during the pregnancy – so it all evens out.
You Grow An Entirely New, Life-Sustaining Organ
The placenta is created at the beginning of pregnancy and begins to fully function as the baby’s lifeline at around 12 weeks of pregnancy. The placenta is the baby’s way of receiving nutrients and oxygen from the mother, and also a means of waste removal. The placenta is the only organ that is disposed of as soon as it is no longer needed, just after birth. It is also the only “shared” organ – it is genetically both the mother and the baby’s organ. The placenta is also believed to trigger the beginning of labor.
Your Breasts Prepare to Breastfeed
Although this happens after pregnancy, can we just talk for a minute about how perfect and amazing breastfeeding is? Your body creates the perfect food for your baby, in the perfect amount. If your baby needs less milk or begins to skip a feeding, your body will adjust the amount of milk it makes. Like a computer, it reads the amount of milk baby is demanding at each feeding and has that amount ready for baby, on baby’s schedule.