Interesting Facts about Motherhood

Being a mother is one of the hardest jobs there is, and the work of a mother is never done. Motherhood changes a woman’s life forever.

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Here are some fascinating facts about motherhood.

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Fact: A mother will have changed approximately 7,300 diapers by the time her baby turns two. The average diaper change takes 2 minutes and 5 seconds by mothers, while fathers time in at 1 minute and 36 seconds.

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Fact: A woman’s chance of having twins is 1 in 32. The chance of conceiving triplets or higher multiples is 1 in 540. If a woman conceives multiples once, it’s likely that she will have multiples again.

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Fact: The youngest confirmed mother in medical history is a Peruvian girl named Lina Medina. Medina gave birth at the age birth of 5 years, 7 months and 17 days to a baby boy by caesarean section in 1939.

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Fact: New mothers tend to develop symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Researchers at Northwestern University studied new moms when their babies were 2 weeks and 6 months old.

The researchers found that 11 percent of new moms developed significant symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, like fear of germs or compulsions to check the baby monitor over and over again. In comparison, only about 2 percent to 3 percent of the general population has symptoms of OCD.

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Fact: Babies know their mother’s voice before they are even born. A 2003 study published in the journal Psychological Science shows that the foetal heart races faster when listening to a recorded poem read by its own mother compared to when the poem was recited by a stranger. The study was conducted during the third trimester, when the babies were almost ready to be born.

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Fact: The earliest celebrations of Mother’s Day in recorded history were in ancient Greece and Rome. The Greeks and the Romans held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele.

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Fact: Pregnancy and motherhood changes a mom’s brain. According to a study published in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science, pregnancy may result in permanent brain changes in women. One brain imaging study found that new mothers develop more gray matter in the brain four months after birth.

Researchers suspect that the hormones in the brain during pregnancy could result in these permanent alterations, similar to how teenage hormones lead to adolescent brain development.

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