1. Orgasms are Important
A woman’s chances of getting pregnant may increase if she orgasms. Elisabeth Anne Lloyd explains how the big O releases oxytocin which causes uterine muscle contractions in “The Case of the Female Orgasm: Bias In the Science of Evolution” (Harvard University Press, 2005.) Fertility scientists believe these contractions carry the sperm toward the ovulating ovary.
2. Girls Only
We all start as females. For a baby to become male, the Y chromosome must be present at the time of conception, but the testosterone that forms male reproductive parts doesn’t kick in until around day 60. This is why men have nipples.
3. Wag Your Tail
We all had tails in utero, explained in “Embryological Development of the Human Brain” by Dr. Arnold B. Scheibel, MD. The tail is usually dissolved around 40 days after conception, but not always. Between 1884 and 1988, there were 23 reported cases of babies being born with tails.
4. Pregnant Dads
Fathers can have morning sickness too. The father may experience hormone changes which can lead to nausea, overeating, and emotional instability. This condition is called Couvade Syndrome.
5. Beware of Cell Phones
A Yale study suggests radiation from mobile phones could harm your unborn child. This study is controversial, but better safe than sorry. Use your cell for occasional phone calls and keep them away from your belly. No more texting, playing online games, or cruising your favorite blogs.
6. The Before Labor Pains
Groin pressure is a pain in the woo-hoo. The last trimester leaves many women feeling heavy, sore, and bow-legged. Minor ligament pain is normal, but speak to your doctor if the pain persists for long periods of time or gets worse (Roger W. Harms and Myra Wick, “Mayo Clinic guide to a healthy pregnancy” Good Books, 2011.)
7. Feel the Burn
Perinatal massage and stretching can help prepare you for childbirth. Begin in the second trimester and build up with pressure and stretching until you are able to handle the ‘ring of fire.’ Sheila Kitzinger explains this massage technique in “The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth” (Knopf, Revised 2003.)
8. After Birth
You will bleed for days, and weeks, after childbirth. This is normal, but the first few days can be messy. So don’t bring your big fluffy white robe and favorite pj’s to the hospital.
9. Baby to the Rescue
According to a study published in New Scientist, if a pregnant woman suffers organ damage, like a heart attack, the baby might send stem cells to the organ to help with healing.
10. Breast Milk is Smart Milk
In 2013, scientists discovered stem cells in human breast milk. Stem cells are believed to help an infant’s brain to develop properly. A study published in the Journal of Lactation explores the potential effect stem cells may have on a newborn