7 Pregnancy and Baby Facts that will make you say “Are you kidding me?”

1. A baby can be born still fully inside the amniotic sac.

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This happens only once every 80,000 births. It is called being born with caul. It is rare and harmless and can be removed by the doctor upon delivery of the baby.

2. Women in Ancient Egypt used crocodile dung as a birth control method

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This Egyptian pessary is the earliest form of contraceptive device used by women. A blend of crocodile dung, honey, and sodium carbonate was used to make a soluble block which was further inserted into the vagina to block and kill sperm.

3. Baby’s delivery is possible even after being declared brain-dead

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Karla Perez, 22 weeks pregnant suffering from catastrophic intracranial haemorrhage and was pronounced brain-dead but doctors were still able to save her baby. She delivered him 54 days later at 30 weeks’ gestation.

4. There’s actually a scientific reason behind feeling like to eat your baby

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This phenomenon is commonly known as cute aggression, and is called “dimorphous expressions”. It can be a helpful tool in controlling your emotions, according to findings of the research done by psychological scientists at Yale University.

So basically feeling to bite that cute baby’s face is actually because you cannot literally can’t stand how cute it is, and the urge to bite is your brain’s bizarre way of handling the cuteness.

5. You can still get pregnant even if you have an IUD

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This, is extremely rare, but the failure rate of a hormonal IUD isn’t zero. It is about 0.2%. How often does it happen? Well, a literature review done by  American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) found 36 reported cases in 2011.

6. It is possible to deliver almost 14-pound baby without an epidural

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This actually happened to an Australian mom, Natashia Corrigan, whose son, Brian Jr., weighed 13.5 pounds at the time of birth!

7. A first-time mother’s breast milk can sometimes be pink or orange

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It is called “rusty pipe syndrome,” and happens because of increased blood flow to the breast because of which the blood ends up in the breast milk. Don’t worry! It is totally safe for the baby and it usually clears up in a week.