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18 Random & Interesting Facts About Pregnancy & Labor

I am a big sucker for collecting interesting and random knowledge. I know that might sound weird, but when I have a subject that I am totally interested in I like to be able to drop the interesting facts on people.

I am so fascinated with the whole process of pregnancy, labor and birth. Having been thorough it myself more then a few times I am still thrilled when I learn something new. The fun about this job is I get to research all sorts of interesting and fun things. I get to learn something new every day and that — equals totally awesome.

I wanted to share some random and interesting facts with you about pregnancy, labor and birth so next time someone randomly wonders something — you may just have the answer.

Click through to read some random but interesting facts about pregnancy, labor and birth:


  • Six Million Pregnancies 1 of 18
    Six Million Pregnancies
    Each year in the United States, there are approximately six million pregnancies. This means that at any one time, about 4% of women in the U.S. are pregnant - American Pregnancy.org
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Average Size of Full-Term Baby 2 of 18
    Average Size of Full-Term Baby
    The average size of a full-term baby in the U.S. is 8 pounds. This is an increase from an average size of 6 pounds 30 years ago - American Pregnancy.org
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Home Birth 3 of 18
    Home Birth
    Less than 1% of women in the United States choose to deliver their babies at home, while 30% of Dutch women opt for home births. - American Pregnancy.org
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • C-Sections 4 of 18
    C-Sections
    Approximately one in three babies in the United States is now delivered by cesarean section. The number of cesarean sections in the U.S. has risen nearly 46% since 1996. - American Pregnancy.org
    Photo Credit: flickr
  • Due Dates 5 of 18
    Due Dates
    Fewer than 10% of babies are born on their exact due date, 50% are born within one week of the due date, and 90% are born within two weeks of the date. - American Pregnancy.org
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Food Cravings 6 of 18
    Food Cravings
    Pregnancy cravings are thought to be rooted from the body's extra need for minerals and comfort-inducing serotonin. - What to Expect When You're Expecting
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Longest Pregnancy 7 of 18
    Longest Pregnancy
    Time Magazine article published in 1945, the longest pregnancy on record is 375 days (as opposed to the usual 280 days). If that's not crazy enough, the delivered baby was only 6 pounds, 15 ounces.- Time Magazine
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Female’s Eggs 8 of 18
    Female's Eggs
    At birth, a female has approximately 1 million eggs and by the time of puberty, only about 300,000 remain. Out of those, only 300 to 400 will be ovulated during a woman's reproductive lifetime - Medicine Net
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Sex Ratio 9 of 18
    Sex Ratio
    The sex ratio for the entire world population is 101 males to 100 females - CIA.gov
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Semen Composition 10 of 18
    Semen Composition
    Semen contains about 10% sperm - the rest consists of enzymes, calcium, protein, sodium, zinc, vitamin C, citric acid and fructose sugar. - Pop Jolly
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • In Every Teaspoon 11 of 18
    In Every Teaspoon
    Each teaspoon of semen can contain 200-500 million sperm - Pop Jolly
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Smallest Preemie 12 of 18
    Smallest Preemie
    The world's smallest premature boy to survive was born in February 2009 at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Born at 25 weeks gestation and weighed 310 grams. He was hospitalized in the NICU for five months, then discharged. - Healthcare University of Iowa
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • PPD 13 of 18
    PPD
    After delivery, approximately 13% of U.S. women are diagnosed with post-partum depression. - Center for Disease Control
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Tall and Twins 14 of 18
    Tall and Twins
    Tall women are more likely to have twins after IVF.- Daily Strength
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Natal Teeth 15 of 18
    Natal Teeth
    One in every two thousand babies are born with a tooth. - merrimacksmiles
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Eating for Two 16 of 18
    Eating for Two
    You only need an extra 300 calories during pregnancy. - About.com
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Yams and Twins? 17 of 18
    Yams and Twins?
    Nigeria has the highest rate of twins in the world at around 4.5%. Some experts attribute this number to the large consumption of yams in Nigeria. - Center for Disease Control
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Morning Sickness 18 of 18
    Morning Sickness
    Approximately 70% of expectant mothers report experiencing some symptoms of morning sickness during the first trimester of pregnancy - American Pregnancy.org
    Photo Credit: photostock

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