No matter what your profession is in life, fatherhood is a role that will leave you feeling totally satisfied with yourself. As far as procreation is concerned to a man, fatherhood is considered to be the major role.
As a matter of fact, sleeping with a woman is cheap! Buying packets of condoms is not an investment irrespective of the packs you end up buying in a month. You should try something more challenging and support your woman as she carries the pregnancy to the last stage.
A lot of guys out there consider fatherhood to be an exciting role; the sweet tiny bundles fascinate them in different ways. In all honesty, this role does not come as a surprise to most of the men as they would have started reading up on the babies before they are born.
This post reveals some surprising facts about the babies; the number of babies you have fathered may not matter if you have not taken your time to know some of the interesting things about them.
Some men simply want the babies when they are already months old as they do not have to deal with colicky babies; a few dread holding these little ones for fear that they might break in their arms.
Irrespective of what your fears are when it comes to babies, find below some of the surprising facts we got:
1. Not all women are pregnant for nine months
Although the general perception everyone has about the period of time pregnancies should last is relatively the same. Not every woman goes through the nine month-period. Some have their babies before then and life continues without the baby being premature.
2. Your baby is one in a million
Each time a man releases, millions of sperms are produced when they ejaculate. It is interesting to know that not all the released sperm will swim to where the woman's egg is. Fertilization occurs when the sperm meets with the woman's egg. Your baby is a survivor.
3. A baby's heart starts pumping blood at 6 weeks
While a woman is pregnant and going through antenatal care, the baby's heart may be checked from time to time. This means that babies have functioning hearts; when they are eight weeks old in the uterus, the heart beats more than 150 times in a minute.
An ultrasound device is used to hear the pumping. Men find it exciting to be able to make a connection with their unborn child at this stage.
4. A baby's ears may get damaged by noise
Babies have ears and they can pick sounds both outside and inside the womb. Some babies respond to music and move within their mothers' wombs.
However, too much noise can damage the ears of the babies. Unlike adults, they cannot block unwanted noise by using ear plugs. A prospective mother should avoid deafening noises in order to have a healthy baby.
5. Babies drink their own urine at 25 weeks
At week eight, babies begin to pee inside the amniotic sac; the production of urine intensifies between the thirteenth and sixteenth week when the kidney is well developed.
As soon as the buccopharyngeal membrane covering their mouths break, babies start drinking a mixture of the amniotic fluid and the pee. This usually happens when they are about ten or eleven weeks old.
6. A mother's choice of food will affect the baby's food preference
Babies are sensitive; apart from the fact that they can open their eyes in the womb and respond to light, they also pick one or two attributes from their mothers.
If a mother avoids certain kinds of foods while being pregnant, the baby may also reject those foods outside the womb. Remember there is a deposit of everything the mother takes in the breast milk.
7. Babies can be affected by trauma
Ever wondered why pregnant women are not allowed to dance and exercise during antenatal care in this part of the world? This is because they do not want the babies' growth and development to be affected in anyway.
Traumatic stress experienced by the mother can have effects on the growing baby within her. Some kids end up having post traumatic stress disorder simply because their parents had it.
The birth of a baby could be triggered by a traumatic event; this means that women go into premature delivery as a way of responding to trauma.
8. Babies hold their first poop till they are born
Is it not intriguing to know that most babies hold their poop till they get out of the womb? The first poop is called meconium and it is usually greenish-black.
It is made up of all the skin, bile, white blood cells and other stuffs that might have been floating in the amniotic sac. Meconium is odourless even though the production picks up as the foetus grows.
Most of these facts are about babies in the womb. If you are keen on knowing what goes on with the baby after they are born, you can pick one or two things from the things they do as they grow.