A few little nuggets you might not know about those little humans and how they get here...

 

1. Pregnancy does weird things to you

Ok, so we all know we may feel sick and need to wee more when we are pregnant, but pregnancy changes our bodies hugely... In the olden days, women used to say they lost a tooth for every baby they had, as being pregnant makes your teeth more vulnerable to gingivitis (bleeding gums). You can also develop the 'pregnancy mask' which makes the skin on your face darken, have a 'linea negra' (a dark line going down from your belly button) and become much hairier... attractive.

2. Mind your noggin

The scientific name for the protein that causes a baby's fontanelle (the soft bit on their skull) to harden, is called 'noggin'.

3. A few stats. (Fancy being pregnant for over a year? No thanks...)

Brace yourselves ladies, the following three facts are the stuff of nightmares...

The most babies to be born from a single pregnancy is eight. Yes, eight...

The longest recorded human pregnancy lasted a year and 10 days!

The heaviest ever baby to be born was 10kg (22lbs), which is about the size of our one year olds!

4. Babies drink their own wee and eat their own facial hair...

Amniotic fluid is made up of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and phospholipids (no idea either), and urea. Yes, that's sterile urine. Because, from the second trimester onwards, babies pee in the womb and then eat it, over and over again...nice. And as a little side dish to the wee... Hair: All babies develop a moustache at around the 16th week of pregnancy which spreads over its entire body, falls out and is then digested, along with all that urine, to form part of its first poo. Pretty. Gross.

5. More tooth facts...

1 in every 2000 babies is born with a tooth. Napolean Bonaparte, Hitler and Richard III were all supposedly born with teeth.

6. Happy birthday to you... and you and you and you and you...

In the UK, more people are born on the 26th of September than any other day of the year. (Which is pretty much exactly 9 months after Christmas Day... just saying...)

7. Loud and clear...

The inner ear is the only sense organ to develop fully before birth, and newborn babies use their mother's voice to identify her, as they can't see her face until they are a few weeks old. (Which is good news, as we're not looking our best then, are we ladies?)

8. Being clingy is a sign of intelligence

Strange how most baby animals only need their mums for a short amount of time, isn't it? And most animals are born and start walking a few minutes later, which makes humans seem a bit slow in the old development game. Well, the longer an animal takes to become independent from its mother, the more intelligent it is.  We knew these babies had us sussed, they aren't as stupid as they look...

 

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