Pregnancy can be a little nerve-wracking at times, especially if it is the first time a woman has ever carried a child. But as long as she has done her research and learned as much about her own pregnancy as she possibly can, there's no reason she can't let herself enjoy the amazing experience that is carrying a baby! Sure, there's a lot to learn and a lot of different advice floating out there. But if she surrounds herself with a great support system and understands what lies ahead, she can appreciate the process that will ultimately reward her with a beautiful baby.
That being said, pregnancy is definitely no easy task. At times it will be stressful, particularly once the woman goes into labor. The whole idea of actually delivering the baby can make some women understandably apprehensive. But they also know they will be coming away from this experience a mother, making everything she will endure totally worth it.
It's always a good idea to become more knowledgeable about any new experiences, particularly if they involve our bodies. Some expectant mothers can quickly become experts on everything pregnancy-related while others might still feel a little confused about it all. This quiz is to see who knows their pregnancy facts and who maybe needs to brush up a bit!
True or false: Morning sickness only happens in the morning!
Morning sickness is definitely one of the downsides of pregnancy, but thankfully it doesn’t last the entire 40 weeks a woman is pregnant! Also known as nausea gravidarum, morning sickness affects around 80 percent of pregnant women and is actually typically a sign of a healthy pregnancy. While the exact cause is still unknown, there are plenty of home remedies available for women to try and ease that queasy stomach and feelings of nausea that come over them! That being said, just when does morning sickness actually take place? Is it true to its name and occurs only in the morning hours, or can it happen any time at all?
Which organ actually grows inside the mother during pregnancy?
During a woman’s pregnancy, their body changes a lot! These transformations are all perfectly normal, and are actually a sign of a woman’s body changing to welcome a baby. Some of these changes include an expanding belly, extra pounds, backaches, and maybe even swollen or enlarged feet. There are other visible changes too, of course, but there’s actually a lot going on inside the mother’s body that people can’t see! In addition to a baby growing there, there’s also something else that grows during the pregnancy too, and it happens to be an organ! But which organ grows during pregnancy?
What do some women lose after the birth?
The moment a woman gives birth signals the end of her pregnancy. She’s come a long way in 40 weeks and her reward is a beautiful baby! But something else happens after the birth that she may not be expecting, and it has everything to do with the change of hormones in her body. During her pregnancy, this continues to grow and grow and then, once her pregnancy is up, she loses most of it. It might be a little startling at first but new mothers should know that this is perfectly normal and is to be expected of any pregnancy!
Which of women’s five senses become increased during their pregnancy?
We’ve already discussed the changes that a woman’s body goes through during her pregnancy, like her belly growing and her feet swelling, but there’s another change that isn’t physically obvious to anyone but her. One of her five senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste) becomes dramatically increased during the pregnancy and is suddenly super sensitive! This usually happens around the 3-week mark. While this doesn’t necessarily happen to every pregnant woman, it is perfectly normal and may even be an early sign that she is expecting a baby! But which one of those five senses gets an extra boost during the pregnancy?
What is the “mask of pregnancy”?
Sometimes there is truly nothing better than relaxing on a Friday night with a warm cup of tea and a lovely face mask. Pregnant women need all the relaxation they can get, too! Afterall, they’re carrying a human being inside of them! However, this so-called “mask of pregnancy” isn’t simply one a woman can buy and place on her face. Rather, this is a symptom of pregnancy that can happen to some women. It’s a physical change in their facial appearance that typically goes away once the pregnancy is over, just like most other pregnancy symptoms. But just what exactly is that change?
True or false: Women can’t eat once they go into labor!
Pregnancy cravings are no joke. Women need those extra calories to providence nutrients to both her own body and her new baby! After all, there is another person growing inside of her, so now she has the task of eating for two people. Naturally, that makes for quite a bit of food, and those cravings can really catch a woman off guard. However, once they’ve been admitted into the hospital and are just mere hours away from meeting their precious baby for the first time, are they allowed to listen to those cravings and eat? Or, is it unsafe for women to eat anything once they’ve gone into labor?
What is a “hysterical pregnancy”?
This type of pregnancy, known as hysterical pregnancy, falls under several other names like false pregnancy and phantom pregnancy. Depending on the woman, a hysterical pregnancy can last for weeks, months (possibly even nine months) and, in rare cases, years! Those would be considered ultra severe cases of this condition. A hysterical pregnancy also tends to affect older women rather than younger women. It’s not a fun experience for any woman who realizes she has this, and it can definitely put a damper on their spirits. But what exactly is this strange and confusing phenomenon known as a “hysterical pregnancy”?
Which of these foods should pregnant women never eat?
Pregnancy cravings can be as unique as a woman’s pregnancy. That is, they typically differ from woman to woman. After all, we all crave different foods than each other, so why shouldn’t that be any different when pregnant? For most women, there are typically four craving categories: sweet, salty, spicy, or sour. Maybe they feel like mixing up those categories and combining them sometimes into the perfect craving food! However, there are certain foods that pregnant women are instructed to avoid during their pregnancy. It may be difficult to give up this food, particularly if they’re a huge fan of it, but it’s all in the interest of keeping that baby healthy!
What is the average size of a full-term baby?
Around 40 weeks after first becoming pregnant, a woman’s water breaks and she is rushed to the hospital so she can deliver her new bundle of joy! It’s a beautiful moment, albeit a little uncomfortable for the mother, but it all works out in the end because there’s a beautiful new baby brought into the world. Babies come in all different shapes in sizes because that’s how people come, too. But what is the average size of a full-term baby? That is, to say a baby who was neither delivered much earlier than its expected due date nor later than it.
What are false contractions called?
Contractions feel different for each women – some liken it to menstrual cramps while others insist they feel much, much worse! Typically these contractions are felt in the lower back and abdomen with intense pressure in the pelvic area. Contractions are a good indicator that a pregnant women is in pre-labor or early labor. However, there can be cases of false contractions that make women uncomfortable, but do not indicate labor is on the way. They’re also not as painful as the real deal, but definitely still can convince a woman she is about to have a baby! So what are these fake contractions called?
How long is each trimester during pregnancy?
An average full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks but can range anywhere from 37 to 42 weeks. To help women keep track of their hormonal and psychological changes during this time, the pregnancy can be divided up into three trimesters. This way, a woman can see where she is at in respect to her pregnancy and appreciate where she’s come and where she still has to go before its time to welcome her new baby. Each of these trimesters indicate different symptoms for a pregnant woman, as well as different sizes of her baby. But just how long can these trimesters be?
What does a midwife do?
When women imagine the day they finally their deliver their baby, they may have a pretty good idea of who will be in the delivery room with them. Maybe they imagine they’ll be surrounded by family, possibly some friends, and maybe their partner. But there are so many other people in the room, as well! There’s typically a labor nurse, an OB tech, a nursery nurse, and potential specialists like anesthesiologists, a pediatrician, and maybe even a neonatologist. Someone else who might be present is a midwife, but what exactly does a midwife do when a pregnant woman is ready to give birth to a baby?
True or false: A woman’s chances of having multiples are increased if she’s over the age of 35!
What could be better than a woman discovering she is going to give birth to a beautiful baby? Well, how about discovering that baby is actually two babies! Or three! Or maybe even more! Multiple babies typically happen when more than one egg has been fertilized. Sometimes one egg can be divided into two or more embryos, making for identical twins! Fraternal twins are not from the same egg and there are therefor not identical. As exciting as multiple babies are, they definitely mean more work for their parents, but they also mean more to love! So, are women over 35 more likely to have multiples?
How long does an average labor last?
The process of being in labor and then giving birth is typically divided up into three stages. The first stage is actually divided into two phases: early labor and active labor. After this begins the second stage, which is often referred to as the “pushing” stage. The third stage actually begins right after the baby has been born, and ends when the mother has delivered the placenta. After all of that, the woman is done and has successfully given birth to a baby! So, knowing that there are not one, not two, but three stages to labor, just how long does the typical labor last?
What is a baby called who is born before its due date?
Not every pregnancy is the same. Some babies do not wait around for the 40 weeks of pregnancy to be up before they decide its time to come out. A baby born before 37 weeks is considered this, which means it has been born before its due date. Some of the factors that can increase the likelihood of this sort of birth includes a mother with health problems (like diabetes), or a mother who has not done harmful things during her pregnancy, like drink or smoke. A lot of stress can also cause a baby to be born early. So, what are these early babies called?
What can women get to help relieve the pain of child birth?
It is no secret that delivering a baby is incredibly painful and uncomfortable for the mother. With contractions and the actual physical birth itself, women must endure a lot to earn that beautiful final result of a baby. While there’s not much that can be done about those painful contractions in early labor, there is actually something that women can opt for at a certain time during labor that will actually help ease the pain felt during delivery. In fact, for most women who get this, contractions end up being the most painful part of the entire experience. So, what is it when can get to help with the pain?
True or false: A mother’s uterus can grow up to 500 times its regular size!
Women’s bodies go through a huge change when they become pregnant, and it’s actual incredible to witness the ways in which their bodies prepare for the baby. A lot of these changes are physical and can be seen by anyone, like gaining extra pounds, a big belly, and maybe even swollen feet and ankles. However, what are some of the internal changes that occur, too? We already know that one of a woman’s organs actually grows during pregnancy, but just how big does the uterus become? Can it actually grow up to 500 times its regular size or is this just a myth?
What is the name of the party where a pregnant woman gets gifts for her baby?
Everybody loves a good party, and for pregnant women there is a party thrown specifically to give them much needed gifts for their baby! At this party, sometimes the gender of the baby is celebrated and then the theme is planned accordingly. Other times, the gender is kept a secret and this party is left happily gender-neutral. Whatever the case, these parties almost always include cheesy games like guess the baby’s due date, and there’s also always lots of food and gifts for the baby! A woman typically only has one party for her first baby but not for any others, so it’s a good idea to soak up all the excitement while she can!
When can a doctor usually tell the baby's gender?
Using an ultrasound machine, doctors can actually tell expectant parents a lot about their babies! They can tell them the size, the health, and also whether that one baby they thought was in there is actually two! Doctors can also tell parents what the gender of their baby is, based on specific signs that they look for. Although ultrasounds are not always 100 percent accurate, there is a good chance whatever the doctor determines will be what the parents have! However, not every parent wants to know what gender their baby is and prefers to keep it a surprise for delivery day!
Which position should pregnant women avoid while sleeping?
There are a lot of tasks that become pretty uncomfortable for women once they become pregnant, like walking and sometimes driving. Pregnant women also find it difficult to get comfortable while they are sleeping, particularly once their belly has grown in size and become much more in the way than it was before. A big belly definitely makes for problems finding the perfect sleeping position, but it turns out it’s not as easy as finding what is the most comfortable. Experts have said there is one sleeping position in particular that women should avoid while trying to get some shut eye, but which position is it?
What is one of the most common pregnancy cravings?
We have talked a lot about pregnancy cravings, and that’s because there is just so many interesting things about them! After all, a mother is eating for two people now, so deciding what to put in her body becomes much more important than it was before she became pregnant. These cravings can range from foods that are sweet to salty, and spicy to sour. Maybe women like to mix up these categories and make strange food combinations that confuse everyone else but that make perfect sense to them! In any case, experts have found there is one food in particular that is one of the most common cravings out there!
True or false: Pregnancy can increase allergy symptoms!
Having allergies is not fun at all. The most common symptoms include things like itchy noses, watery eyes, a tight chest, and uncontrollable sneezing. While allergy symptoms are never pleasant for anyone, we can’t imagine anything worse than being pregnant and already dealing with all of the symptoms that come with that and then also having to suddenly deal with intense allergies! But is there any truth to this? Can pregnancy really increase all of your allergy symptoms and make you feel really crummy while carrying your baby? Or is this all just an unpleasant myth about allergies and pregnancy?
Why can’t pregnant women use a Jacuzzi?
Jacuzzis are super relaxing for many of us. What could be better than a giant outdoor tub filled with steaming water and massaging jets to help melt away the stress of the day! Pregnant mothers seem like the perfect candidates for using a Jacuzzi because they must certainly have some stress they would like to forget about at the end of a pretty long day. However, experts advise women to avoid going into a Jacuzzi altogether while they are pregnant. But why is this? What is it about Jacuzzis that are so inherently dangerous to pregnant women?
When do pregnant women typically begin showing a baby bump?
Before the great big pregnancy belly develops, women begin showing that they are pregnant by having what is called a “baby bump.” It’s much less large and in charge than the fully belly, and is really the first sign to others that tells them this woman is expecting! Bumps can range in size for all different women, and no two bumps are the same. These bumps are as unique as the beautiful babies who make them! But when can pregnant women typically expect to start seeing their bellies expand and start showing off a cute little baby bump to the world?
What is it called when a delivery must be done surgically?
Labor and delivery can be very complicated processes, and sometimes not everything goes as planned. No matter how many glasses a pregnant woman took, or how many books she may have read, sometimes having a smooth delivery just isn’t in the cards and surgical efforts must be made to deliver the baby. If there’s a problem with the placenta, an umbilical cord prolapse, or any sort of abnormal positioning for the baby, then a natural delivery just is not going to work. For both the mother’s health and that of the baby’s, the woman must undergo surgery. But what exactly is this surgery called?
What is “vernix”?
There are lots of confusing pregnancy terms that mothers must learn when they are expecting a baby. Some have to do with the uterus and how the baby is developing inside, while others have to do with the labor itself and delivery. There are also plenty of doctor titles that must be learned, because that delivery room is going to be filled with people and the mother would probably like to know just who is sitting front-row at the birth of her baby. One word that pops up with pregnancy is “vernix”, but what exactly does this strange word mean?
True or false: The pregnancy belly disappears right after the baby is born!
For a total of nine months, a pregnant woman carries with her a pretty big pregnancy belly! Although the exact size and shape all depends on the mother and the size of the baby, we can all agree it definitely looks like it can be uncomfortable lugging all that extra belly around! Thankfully, once the baby has been delivered, the mother can rest easy knowing that giant belly will be gone once and for all. Or, will it? Do pregnancy bellies just disappear once the baby has been born, since it is no longer inside to help the belly keep its shape? Or does it take longer than that?
Which of these items do not need to be in a hospital bag for the delivery?
The hospital bag is a huge part of any delivery! There are lots of blog posts, websites, and books about what expectant parents should back in these bags so they don’t have to worry about rushing around their house once labor begins, trying to remember everything they need. Having a bag packed ahead of time eases the stress of delivery and allows both the mother and her spouse to focus on the task at hand. However, there are certain things that are simply not a necessity and don’t need to be packed. Which of these items could easily be left at home without much concern?
True or false: Babies in the womb can hear and feel everything going on around it!
Once babies have been born, they are suddenly aware of sounds, sights, tastes, smells, and other sensations that weren’t readily available inside their mother’s womb. It can be a little over stimulating, which would explain why babies cry once they’ve been born. To prepare their babies to meet them, expectant parents like to talk to their babies through the womb so they can recognize their parents’ voices. Some mothers also like to play music for their baby to enjoy. A mother’s hand on her belly is also believed to soothe a baby. But is there any point in this? Can babies in the womb actually hear and feel everything happening outside?
When do babies typically begin kicking?
There are so many videos readily available online of expectant mothers recording the strange sight of their pregnant belly moving as their baby begins to kick. Some women have a harder time with this than others, perhaps because their babies can kick a little too hard and maybe knock a few things out of place. But for many others, the sensation of a baby kicking is indescribable, and the first time it happens can move a mother to tears! For some, it is the concrete proof that yes, there’s a baby in there! But at what point during the pregnancy do babies typically begin kicking?
When does morning sickness usually subside during pregnancy?
As we’ve talked about before, morning sickness is certainly no walk in the park. It is a pretty unpleasant experience for expectant mothers but about 80% of them ultimately end up having to endure the random bouts of nausea and queasiness that often results in getting physically sick. But, like we said, this is actually typically an indication of a healthy pregnancy, so all that vomiting is really a good sign! And thankfully, at some point during those 40 weeks of pregnancy, the morning sickness comes to a stop. But when exactly can a pregnant mother typically expect her morning sickness to subside?
True or false: Doctors still spank babies when they’re born!
After a baby is born, it typically begins crying within the first 30 seconds to one minute of its life. Sometimes, though, the baby is not crying, which means it needs help to breath. This can be incredibly worrisome for parents, but doctors know just what to do to help get that breathing jump-started. In classic literature and movies, doctors can be seen holding a baby upside down by its feet and giving its bottom a smack to help make it cry. But is this still the way that things are done today? Should pregnant mothers still expect the possibility of watching a doctor slap their baby’s bottom?
How many extra calories a day should the average pregnant woman eat?
Pregnant women are tasked with needing to provide nutrients for both themselves and for their baby. That means consuming much more food than they might regularly. In order to be able to satisfy both herself and her baby, as well as keep both nice and healthy throughout the pregnancy, the average woman is advised to eat a certain amount of calories. Of course, the exact number all depends on the mother’s health and the needs of her baby, and will likely be instructed by a professional. But speaking generally, there is a number that most women are told to increase their daily caloric intake by.
True or false: Women’s bones soften during pregnancy!
Women’s bodies are incredible, and they go through so much change during pregnancy that it is incredibly hard to just try and list everything that happens! We know that their bellies grow, they pound on some extra pounds, one of their organs grow, and their uterus grows too. They also may experience some swelling in their ankles and feet that make them go up a size or two in shoes. But is it possible that pregnant women also experience a strange phenomenon of their bones softening during pregnancy? Could this actually be true or is this another one of those strange myths about pregnancy?
What is the name of the dark line that can appear on a woman’s stomach during pregnancy?
If anyone has ever seen a pregnant woman’s belly, or perhaps seen their own pregnant belly, they will recognize the dark line that sometimes appears on the middle of the tummy. It runs vertically from the top of the belly button all the way to the pelvic bone. It’s not a scar, and it’s definitely not a stretch mark. In fact, this line is the result of fluctuating hormones. Some experts claim this has to do with an excess of melanin in a pregnant woman’s body, which gives our skin its pigment. Extra pigmentation results in that dark line, but what is it called?