As your body changes before your eyes, you may find yourself boding the question: What on earth is going on inside my pregnant body? The answer: Some incredible things that are weird, yet amazing. Check out these three super cool pregnancy facts:
1. During pregnancy, your heart pumps 40-50% more blood than it used to.
This means your heart is also beating 10-20 more times per minute than it did before. Your body is giving all this extra effort to provide energy to your placenta and umbilical cord—fueling baby’s growth. Pregnancy fatigue is no joke, and this weird pregnancy fact just might be the culprit. To combat fatigue, we recommend trying our caffeine-free, Energy Boost Drink Mix. Packed with essential B-Vitamins and Omega-3’s– you may not need that midday nap.
2. Your uterus stretches to the size of a watermelon.
Before pregnancy, the thought of your body stretching to the point of holding a full-term baby is unfathomable. As the weeks progress and that bump becomes very real, your uterus is growing to 14x its original size. Pre-pregnancy your uterus is the size of pear and during pregnancy stretches to the size of a watermelon. It will also hold 4-6 pounds of mucus and amniotic fluid (think 2 pints of hubby’s craft beer–but way cooler). A nice, comfy space for babe– might be a little different for mama.
3. Your placenta is a work horse.
The placenta is doing the work of four organs—feeding your baby, supplying all of your baby’s blood, eliminating waste, and filtering away the bad stuff. Your placenta is a boss. With all this happening inside your body, it is so vital you are providing the proper rest and nutrients it needs. Taking a daily prenatal vitamin rich with nutrients such as Folate, Vitamins B6 + B12, and Vitamin D are all essential to helping your body function at its best rate.
These are just a few of our favorite facts about being pregnant! Have questions about Premama? Tell us what you want to know. Facebook & Instagram: @premamawellness