5 things that you don’t know about pregnancy!
Some interesting historical and contemporary facts about the nine months and their protagonists: the mother and the baby.
- Mysterious nausea: Females from the human species are the unique, or in the few, to have nausea when they are pregnant: cases of nausea in pregnancy have been observed – rarely – only on dogs and macaques. The reason for nausea stays mysterious. A hypothesis is that exists an evolutionary system for protecting the embryo from substances that could possibly damage it – for example microbes or toxins contained in some aliments – in its first delicate situations of the development. The epidemiological data says that in effect the women with nausea have less probability of abortion than the women that are absolutely fine.
- Like a small astronaut: 50 years ago, the tenant of the belly has been a total mystery until the moment of birth. This era has been marked by an appearance, in 1965, on the cover of the magazine Life, a fetus of 18 weeks that floats in its amniotic sac, similar to an astronaut in space. In just three days, the magazine has sold more than 3 million of copies. The author of the photo was Lennart Nilsson from Sweden, who told that he has been working on these photos for more than 10 years.
- From sonar to pixar: The ancestor of the modern echography – a machine based on the ultrasounds – is the sonar, invented on the XIX century, to help the submarines to explore the sea. The Scottish gynecologist Ian Donald intuited that that way he could observe the fetus in the paunch. The first echographies have been similar to the tracks of an electrocardiogram than the pictures we see nowadays.
- Direct line with the belly: While the echography is in the base of lots of knowledge for the fetus and how it behaves in the belly, to understand what will come on the world exists many experiments. The sonorous ambient of the uterus have been studied inserting microphones in the belly in the moment of the water break. To understand how many flavors and odors arrives at the baby from the things that its mom eats, in few researches samples of liquid amniotic have been tasted by volunteers that have recognized the presence of garlic, vanilla, menthol, carrots that the mother has eaten. The baby, after the birth, seems that likes more what it had already tasted during the pregnancy.
- Males vs. females: It is said that the midwife is the oldest profession in the world: Unique case in the animals, the women from our kind are in need of help to have a birth. For centuries and centuries the childbirth has been an exclusive job for women. It is also said that a certain doctor Veit have been burned alive in the sixteenth century because he has assisted on a childbirth dressed like a woman. Until the seventeenth century, in France, the male obstetritiants started occupying for the childbirth, accusing the midwifes for ignorance and superstition.