Scientists don’t always study the serious stuff. The most offbeat
Every new and expecting mom hears hundreds of pieces of advice from well meaning friends, family, and strangers. But despite the good intentions of these self appointed gurus of mommyhood, they don’t always get it right. Instead, check out these 11 weird (but totally true) facts about pregnancy.
1. Tall moms are more likely to give birth to twins.
2. Babies in utero do pee, about a liter per day during the second half of the pregnancy. Then they drink it.
3. While most moms are only pregnant for about nine months, the longest pregnancy on record was 375 days long.
4. About 70% of moms to be have a change in their skin tone during pregnancy.
5. A baby can taste the stronger flavors that mom eats.
6. Pregnant women do in fact have a heightened sense of smell, most likely to help them steer away from any foods that might hurt the baby.
7. Thanks to increased bloodflow, bleeding gums and nosebleeds are common in pregnancy. This can put the teeth and gums at risk.
8. Most people know that pregnancy comes with swelling, but your feet aren’t kidding around: they can grow up to a full size.
9. The largest set of multiples in which all children survived was a set of octuplets born in California in 2009 to Nadya Suleman.
10. The average size of a baby at birth is moving upwards, from 6 pounds in the 1980s to 7.5 pounds today, according to facts.randomhistory.com.