7 crazy discoveries about pregnancy

A new book “Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy,” by Jena Pincott, looks at a surprising facts about pregnancy.

Here are a few from The Huffington Post:

1.  Men do think pregnant women are sexy.

2.  Women carrying girls grow larger breasts than those carrying boys.

3.  If you dream about the sex of the baby, you are often more correct than just a guess.

4.  Women who dream vividly during their pregnancy have faster deliveries. Women who have nightmares deliver even faster.

5.  Skinnier women are likely to have daughters.

6.  Around the third trimester a woman starts producing pheromones that can affect her partner and help him nurture the baby.

7.  Your baby’s cells remain behind in your body.

Did you find any of these to be true for you or for your friends?

43 comments Add your comment

Wait what?

February 21st, 2012
1:29 pm

Which man thinks pregnant women are sexy? I’m guessing the same guy that watches American Idol on a regular basis.

Wait what?

February 21st, 2012
1:38 pm

OK…..I figured it out. The guy that thinks pregnant women are sexy was the guy who got gender reassignment surgery as a child.

Augusta

February 21st, 2012
1:43 pm

1- I have known several men who think a pregnant lady is sexy. My husband thought I was sexy all four times. I never felt that way at all….but beautify is in the eye of the beholder.

2 – I call BS. the sex of the baby has NOTHING to do with the size of your breasts

3-4 I call BS again!!!

5 – No way. I have four kids, two girls two boys…..I was the same size with all of them……

6 – Yes, your body starts putting out pheromones but it does NOT help HIM nurture the baby……

7 – True, but not all of them stay.

This is more of a list of myths than facts!!!! So I call BS on the entire article

6 & 7 are true.

The sex of the baby has NOTHING to do with the size of your breasts.

Skinny women have girls. HAHAHHAHAHAHAAH I have two boys and two girls….

Soccer MILF

February 21st, 2012
1:44 pm

The Huffington Post is for libtards.

mom2alex&max

February 21st, 2012
1:47 pm

My husband found me sexy. It had nothing to do with how I looked. Love covers a multitude of beauty sins.

As for the rest. Who knows..who cares. I had a special type of mourning when I realized I was never going to have a daughter. I got over it..mostly.

A

February 21st, 2012
1:54 pm

I personally thought #7 was really sweet. I like the idea of continuing to carry my child’s cells even almost 10 years after giving birth.

ABC

February 21st, 2012
1:56 pm

@Soccer MILF I happen to be a liberal and progressive and do read Huff Post daily. Yes we do exist out there in the wide world beyond the blinders you are looking through.

jarvis

February 21st, 2012
1:58 pm

More baby facts:
Rats can reprodue every 6 weeks and have up to 12 babies in their litters.

Soccer MILF

February 21st, 2012
1:59 pm

I love people who label themselves progressive….libtards are funny.

DB

February 21st, 2012
2:02 pm

On #7 – how, exactly, does that work? I mean, baby is in placenta, baby born, placenta is expelled . . . trying to figure out how those baby’s cells ended up in my body!! (and how, after decades of periods, it’s still there!) That’s a little creepy, if you ask me!

Is it possible.....

February 21st, 2012
2:15 pm

To have one of these blogs where some of you don’t post about how great or important you are?

We don’t care. If you have to come here to brag about your life, chances are it’s because none of your friends care…..If you have any friends.

Leave your dismal life off these blogs.

Oh yeah….I got a new car!

Bilbo Baggins

February 21st, 2012
2:24 pm

In the Shire a pregnant woman is often considered the most desirable of hobbits. Their feet swell to three times the normal size and more hariy then ever. Also they become quite plump which makes all male Hobbits very self aware.

Really?

February 21st, 2012
2:38 pm

a skinny woman has nothing to do with the gender of the baby. that is determined by the sperm that fertilizes the egg

Soccer MILF

February 21st, 2012
2:46 pm

Pregnant women who read Huffington Post are liley to birth libtards.

What is liley

February 21st, 2012
2:49 pm

I’m confused

Andrea Sindermans Square Jaw

February 21st, 2012
2:52 pm

It’s all my fault

BlondeHoney

February 21st, 2012
3:00 pm

Soccer MILF, you usually make me laugh but not today…take the libtard thing over to Jay or Kyle’s blog, will ya please?

jarvis

February 21st, 2012
3:04 pm

Elephants carry their babies for 22 months….and rarely blog about it.

Bilbo Baggins

February 21st, 2012
3:13 pm

What is a libtard? is that kind og like a Wood Troll or an Orc?

I am Awesome!

February 21st, 2012
3:16 pm

All of you are special, just like everyone else.

VaLady

February 21st, 2012
3:22 pm

Number 3 was true for me. Due to my advanced age during the first pregnancy, my doctor ordered a chorionic villus sampling. One of the “advantages” of this test was that maternal contamination could not occur. If the test indicated that I was carrying a girl, then I was carrying a girl! The test did indicate a girl. Several nights before the delivery (which was a month premature), I dreamt that the baby would grow into a teen-age boy. Several days later, I delivered a boy — much to my and the doctor’s surprise. The error in determining sex had been caused by maternal contamination — which had occurred in only 3 out of 3,000 tests.

ABC

February 21st, 2012
3:23 pm

I sure hope my child turns out to be a progressive, liberal and not a scary, ignorant Republitard like Rick, Newt or Mitt.

Shmi Skywalker

February 21st, 2012
3:24 pm

There was no father, I carried him, I gave birth to him, I can’t explain it.

MomOf2Girls

February 21st, 2012
3:46 pm

#5 seems to me to have to be a myth, since it’s the father who determines the sex of the child, not the mother.

shaggy

February 21st, 2012
3:55 pm

It is that glow thing about a pregnant woman,. You radiate it.
Except, you become psychopathic axe murderers…without the axe.

motherjanegoose

February 21st, 2012
4:05 pm

While pregnant with my son, I dreamt ( sp?) my baby arrived with bright red hair and looked like a clown…LUCKY that neither were true. It kind of unnerved me. Was this a dream or a nightmare? My labor was long and grueling.

Ron Burgundy

February 21st, 2012
4:05 pm

I like how the title says “these are facts”. Awesome Huffington….kind of like its a fact that if you do not recylce a polar bear will be raped by a seal due to global warming.

FCM

February 21st, 2012
4:12 pm

There was a Chinese tale that said if the mother was an even age when she had the baby it was a girl and if she was an odd then it was a boy.

I was 30 & 32 when mine were born and they were both girls. And at 140lbs at conception, I am leaning toward the age over the weight being the more likely to be right.

FCM

February 21st, 2012
4:13 pm

Actually in lieu of the earlier blog I feel I should state that both of my children are STILL girls.

K's Mom

February 21st, 2012
4:55 pm

@FCM, there may be something to that, my first boy was born when I was 35 and the second is due in 10 weeks and I am 37. My mom was 24 when she had me and 27 when she had my brother. Interesting that works out for us.

And yes the sperm determines sex, but the female’s body chemistry at the time of conception can be more hostile to Xs or Ys depending on bunches of factors and can therefore help to pick the sex of the child.

Twinkletoes

February 21st, 2012
5:09 pm

At 75, I’m just thankful that I CAN’T do it again!!! Twice was quite enough.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 21st, 2012
5:27 pm

Wow you walk away to fold clothes and clean the house and things get crazy on here.

motherjanegoose

February 21st, 2012
5:28 pm

Wow…I was 27 with my son and 32 with my daughter…FCM…you may be onto something with the Chinese thing! But I weighed a bit more when I conceived with my daughter than my son.

K's Mom

February 21st, 2012
6:07 pm

@MJG, I remembered that your kids were 5 years apart and was curious if your age worked into FCM’s theory. Our Sunday school class has lots of pregnant ladies in it. All of who have had kids 2 years apart have 2 of the same sex. All of those with kids who are opposite sex are 3 or 5 years apart….very interesting.

newblogger

February 22nd, 2012
7:19 am

I hate to blow a hole in the whole odd/even thing, but I had my first at 24 and my second at 34 and they are both boys. Interesting theory though.

DB

February 22nd, 2012
8:47 am

@FCM: Ooops, lost the Diet Coke on that one! Funny!

justmy2cents

February 22nd, 2012
10:09 am

The even\odd thing for gender doesn’t work in my case…23 & 27 and I have 2 girls.

catlady

February 22nd, 2012
11:23 am

FCM was it the age when the mother got pregnant or when she actually gave birth? Seems like since gender is determined at fertilization, that age would be more important? My ages at giving birth were 24 (girl), 28 (boy), 33 (girl). My ages at fertilization were 23, 27, and 32. Either way, it does not work. But my last daughter is in a male-dominated field (astrophysics). Does that count?

Not sure about any of the ones on Theresa’s list. NOTHING would have sped the births of mine, it seems. As for sexiness, I thought I was really HOT!

jmb

February 22nd, 2012
11:37 am

Girls at 27 and 29 so that theory didn’t work for me either.

FCM

February 22nd, 2012
12:04 pm

I only remembered it because their father (my husband at that time) came home all wound up trying to figure out how old I would be and would he get a son. Then him being so upset that my age made it for sure they would be girls (gee and I could have sworn it was HIS chromosome contribution that made them girls!).

One other fish wife tale I recall is putting your wedding ring on a string over your womb (or palm) and however it swings (I think in circles for girls and in a line for boys or do I have that backward???) will tell you the gender.

Then again, if you put a knife under the L & D bed it will cut the childbirth pain in half rofl

jmb

February 22nd, 2012
3:13 pm

FCM – my daughter tried the ring test last night and it showed a girl (circles) and then took the test Intelligender this morning and it was a strong green color for a boy. She won’t know for sure for another 4 weeks but curious to see which are correct. Has anyone else on here tried that test for gender?

newblogger

February 22nd, 2012
6:49 pm

True story…When I was pregnant with my oldest (way back in 1990), a much older lady who was a custodian at our school told me I was pregnant before I knew I was. She said she could tell by the way my walk had changed. She later told me it was going to be a boy (before we had the ultrasound) by the way I walked too. She was right! Her explanation was…and I quote… “us old people just know things.”

FCM

February 23rd, 2012
1:32 pm

I have accidentally announced other people’s pregancies to them before. That custodian is right, something about how the hips widen makes you walk different. It is just enough to look a tad “thick” but with the walk it is like OH! and I did not know i was old enough (42) to be one of “us old people just know things”