1. Nipple stimulation is the only scientifically proven method of legitimately bringing on labour.
Rubbing or rolling a woman’s nipples when she’s full term can stimulate the release of a hormone called oxytocin, which can cause contractions. This method is called “the comfort technique”.
3. Babies can taste the food their mothers eat in the womb.
Strong flavours like garlic can pass through the amniotic fluid in the womb, and a study showed that babies whose mothers drank a lot of carrot juice displayed a preference for carrot juice themselves.
5. And some people think it may have something to do with yams.
6. It’s possible to fall pregnant through oral sex. In fact, one woman conceived after oral sex and a knife fight.
A girl from Lesotho born without a vagina became pregnant when she was stabbed in the stomach after performing oral sex on her boyfriend. Seriously. This is an actual thing that happened.
9. A baby starts making its first poo, called meconium, at around 21 weeks’ gestation. However, it won’t pass it until after its birth.
10. Pregnant woman and new mothers can lactate automatically when they hear a baby crying (even if it’s not their own).
11. Baby girls are born with all the eggs they will ever use, but boys don’t develop sperm until puberty.
Although some new research shows that women can produce new eggs later in life.
13. The old wives’ tale is true: Pregnant women who suffer with heartburn ARE more likely to give birth to babies with full heads of hair.
Scientists suggest that the higher levels of oestrogen and progesterone that stimulate hair growth also relax the oesophagus, causing acid reflux.
15. Having a baby boy can increase the mother’s risk of autoimmune diseases, and make her whatsitcalled worse. Forgetfulness, that’s the word.
Thanks, the patriarchy.
16. Babies cry in the womb.
It’s clear from 4D scans that babies frown in the womb, but scientists have also been able to tell from measuring their breathing patterns that unborn babies also cry. This, they say, isn’t necessarily because they’re upset – they’re just practising.
18. When a pregnant woman is full term, her placenta will produce more oestrogen in a day than a non-pregnant woman would produce in three years.
19. In addition to her uterus, a woman’s feet and heart increase in size during pregnancy.
Pregnant women’s hearts grow to handle the increased volume of blood in the body, and feet swell due to fluid retention and the stretchiness of pregnant ligaments.