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 Post subject: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:48 pm 
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My Babycenter birthclub had a thread about something called the "Husband's knot" - an extra stitch post episiotomy to make your vulva a little tighter. I'd imagine kegels would be more effective, but yeah....

Also, Holy moley we have more blood in us! 50% more! Its like supersizing us for the vampire invasion.

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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:55 pm 
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yes, you have more blood, which is why you need to be drinking water!!! where's your water bottle???

i think the most interesting thing can be summed up in two words:

mucus plug

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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
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Also, Holy moley we have more blood in us! 50% more! Its like supersizing us for the vampire invasion.


I was such a fan of the 50% more blood! It made me not faint after bloodwork.

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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
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Also, someone is PEEING inside my uterus! Also fetuses apparently have been seen masturbating in utero (I guess there isn't anything else to do). Its like a teeny dive bar in there! Plus, there is a uterus in my uterus.

And she has more bones than I do! Newborns have 300 bones that end up fusing into 206 adult bones. And more tastebuds!

And supposedly if you shine a torch on your belly at some point in development the fetus can sense it and moves away. WHAT? How does the light get through your tummy?

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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:34 pm 
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I love this thread!

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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
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I didn't realize that the baby "kicking" was more like giant belly-morphing movements!
Or that you could have no stretch marks until the very very end, then BAM.

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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
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Now that I know I'm having a girl, I can't stop thinking about how I'm walking around potentially representing three generations of my family...since she has her own set of eggs and ovaries at this point.


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That there's a baby in there! Freaky!

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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
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Now that I know I'm having a girl, I can't stop thinking about how I'm walking around potentially representing three generations of my family...since she has her own set of eggs and ovaries at this point.

I just learned that the other day! I had no idea girls are born with all their eggs!

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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
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I had no idea it was possible to gain four pounds in a week before the end of my last pregnancy.

I also have never come to terms with the math of losing the weight. I shed 24 lbs between labor and four or five days after birth. 9 lbs of that was baby... So what was the other 15?

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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:06 pm 
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Ugh, the knot thing! As the doctor who delivered Inez was sewing me up he said to my husband, "Come take a look at this. I know it looked bad, but I'll make it nice and tight for you again." I wanted to kick him in the head! Such a creeper.

The baby girls with all their eggs thing always blows my mind.

Seeing on a skeletal model thing at our childbirth class just how much give a pelvis has was crazy.


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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
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Ugh, the knot thing! As the doctor who delivered Inez was sewing me up he said to my husband, "Come take a look at this. I know it looked bad, but I'll make it nice and tight for you again." I wanted to kick him in the head! Such a creeper.


What the hell!! That is insane! Who would say something like that?!

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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
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yes, you have more blood, which is why you need to be drinking water!!! where's your water bottle???


Don't ever forget about this! I know I won't be going anywhere without water on hand anymore after what happened this week. I just learned that dehydration can cause abdominal pains not far off from the type I experienced just before finding out I had HELLP syndrome during my last pregnancy. Basically, I ended up scared out of my mind because I got busy and didn't pay close enough attention to how little I'd been drinking!

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Or that you could have no stretch marks until the very very end, then BAM.


Yep. During my first pregnancy, I thought I'd gotten off easy until 36-37 weeks.


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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
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I had no idea that being pregnant slowed down your digestive process so that your body became a super-efficient nutrient extraction machine. And that that happens at the very start of pregnancy. Progesterone just steps in and puts the brakes on your peristalsis.

Also, that there are so many things that you're supposed to stay away from in pregnancy that we consume without a thought pre-pregnancy. Like peppermint oil, oregano oil, lavender, tetracyline etc. Almost all drugs traverse the placenta and go into the fetus' blood.

And your uterus expands to 500 times its normal size! And your fetus is making nerve cells or neurons at an average rate of 250,000 per minute. And it takes 70 to 80 days for a man's body to make a sperm.

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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
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Pinko wrote:
Ugh, the knot thing! As the doctor who delivered Inez was sewing me up he said to my husband, "Come take a look at this. I know it looked bad, but I'll make it nice and tight for you again." I wanted to kick him in the head! Such a creeper.

and this is why all my providers were women.....

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I also have never come to terms with the math of losing the weight. I shed 24 lbs between labor and four or five days after birth. 9 lbs of that was baby... So what was the other 15?

me too!! i started out underweight, at maybe 130, and was 205 when i went in for inducement. one baby was 6#11 and the other around 7#. there were two placentas, and a bit of liquid, but what else makes up for what i can easily count as 50 pounds of baby-type-materials? (i did pee about a gallon after giving birth, no joke, but i know a gallon of water does NOT weigh 30 pounds.

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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
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This should help with the math of losing weight. I'm amazed that you gain 4 extra pounds of blood!

Baby 8 pounds
Placenta 2-3 pounds
Amniotic fluid 2-3 pounds
Breast tissue 2-3 pounds
Blood supply 4 pounds
Fat stores for delivery and breastfeeding 5-9 pounds
Uterus increase 2-5 pounds

Total 25 to 35 pounds

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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
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Don't skimp on the penis-building proteins! Your son will thank you later <3

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You people are blowing my mind.

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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
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The rusty tinge. Sometimes newborns have an orange-ish or even red tinge to their urine with their first few wet diapers. We thought Blasto was peeing blood, but he wasn't.

You should still check with a ped if you see odd colored urine, but just thought you should know.

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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating and Weird Stuff You Learned from Pregnancy
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Amniotic fluid is mostly pee! EWW! And your baby is drinking it. EW!

Mighty Melody is a baby who was born at 23 weeks in the NICU and she is doing great. Who would have thought little fetuses could be so tough? Even a decade ago there is no way a preemie could survive at that age. http://www.facebook.com/mightymelodyunger

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littlebear wrote:
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Don't skimp on the penis-building proteins! Your son will thank you later <3

Uh oh, I am so close to the end of pregnancy and I am sure I have not eaten enough protein. This is why men need meat, right? ;)


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I am growing a penis inside me


This always freaked me out.

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Tofulish wrote:
littlebear wrote:
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Don't skimp on the penis-building proteins! Your son will thank you later <3

Uh oh, I am so close to the end of pregnancy and I am sure I have not eaten enough protein. This is why men need meat, right? ;)


Of course. All meat, all the time... and none of those soy products either, unless they want to turn gay and grow boobs! :P


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littlebear wrote:
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This always freaked me out.


Not that you're growing a race of superbabies that grow incredibly tall and fast? :)

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