10 things you didn’t know about your baby

While you may hear many myths and rumours about your pregnancy, some of the stranger stories are actually true, these are our top 10 strange but true facts

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That’s not where it should be

Your baby’s intestines actually grow outside her body, in the umbilical cord to be exact. They will have moved into her intestines by week eight though.

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E = MC2

While your baby is developing in the womb, she actually has a special part of her brain in which she grows her own brain cells. The ‘germinal matrix’ as it’s called, disappears shortly after birth.

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Mum’s the word

If you’re having a girl, by 13 weeks she’ll have approximately two million eggs inside of her. This number drops over the next two trimesters to reach a final total of around one million eggs.

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Long beautiful hair

There’s apparently some truth to the rumour that if you experience heartburn while your pregnant, your baby will have lots of hair. It’s believed the hormones that heartburn also influences hair growth in foetuses.

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It’s all in the eyes

For the first 12 weeks in the womb, your baby’s eyes grow on the side of her head! By the 12th week though, they start to move closer together and by around week 20 they’re in their usual place, and are able to open by week 22.

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My heart was beating fast

Your baby’s heart beats twice as fast as yours. By week five all four chambers are fully developed and by week 16 it pumps as much as six gallons of blood a day.

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Talented hands

From week 12 your baby’s nails start growing and at 13 weeks her fingerprints will be in place. There’s even a chance that she may scratch herself before she’s born!

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I dreamed a dream

Researchers in the US discovered that up to 70% of mums-to-be who dreamt that they knew if their baby was a boy or a girl ended up with the child of their dreams – literally!
The researchers have no clue as to how these mums knew the sex of their baby, but somehow they did.

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Breast behaviour

Both boys and girls are born with small breast buds, as a result of your hormones. They soon disappear though.

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Shields up

Before your baby’s born, the immunities that you’ve built up to viruses such as chicken pox and measles are passed onto her. Meaning that she’s protected for the first six months of her life.

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