What is one of the first things a woman does when the little test strip on the pregnancy test shows two lines? Well for me, six years ago, it was a drive to the bookstore, complete a 45 minute search, and ultimately, leave with five pregnancy books. We all know you will gain weight, your baby will grow, and you will most likely go through bouts of hunger, sickness, and panic. Here is a list of five, surprising, little known facts I encountered when reading through my pregnancy books.
That’s right I said gills, and yes I mean the slits in the side of the body that assist fish and such to breathe. Sometime during the gestational period, your baby will have small slits in its neck resembling gills. I say resembling because technically babies do not breathe in the womb; they rely on you for oxygen. Don’t panic, you will never even catch a glimpse on your baby; they are gone way before you can start seeing arms and legs.
Cans and bottles are not in this discussion, I am talking about urine. During the second half of your pregnancy your baby will pee nearly 10 liters of urine a day. That urine, having really no other avenue of escape is swallowed back up by your baby. Don’t worry this doesn’t hurt them a bit.
Sneezing and stuffiness is a common symptom of pregnancy, or so I read in my books. Stuffiness did not even come close to the cement brick wall my nasal passages became. I would sneeze 10 times in a row, never be able to blow my nose, and became a serious mouth breather. This won’t last forever, but could plague you most of your pregnancy.
It’s a sad fact, when you are pregnant, even before you start to show, you are super gassy. Burping and passing gas become a by the hour production for you. According to Mary M. Murry from the Mayo Clinic, the surge of progesterone in early pregnancy causes you to have slower digestion, leading to more time for gas to build up. Once you start to grow, blame it on the uterus for pushing on your intestines leaving it very difficult to hold it in.
Ok this is a well-known side effect from pregnancy but what I didn’t know was that headaches can be caused by pretty much everything. The hormone changes are the first culprit, but on from that there are caffeine headaches, fatigue headaches, low body temperature headaches, low blood sugar headaches, and the list goes on and on. If the sneezing doesn’t annoy you, your constant pounding head will.
Though you feel like your body has a small alien growing inside, and your constant burping while trying not to simultaneously sneeze sounds miserable, it is all worth it in the end. These are five surprising things I learned from pregnancy books, but one thing I didn’t was how rewarding it all is in the end. Sit back, grab a box of tissues and enjoy these nine months.