Fun Facts About Pregnancy

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Learn facts about pregnancy and how Loreto House can help you throughout your pregnancy.

Yes, carrying a baby to full term has several health benefits for a woman. It decreases the risk of complications such as preterm birth, low birth weight, and neonatal mortality, which are more common in babies born before 37 weeks.

Research suggests that women who have carried a baby to full term may have a reduced risk of certain types of cancer, such as breast and ovarian cancer. It’s important to note that more research is needed to confirm these findings.

Carrying a baby to full term can have both positive and challenging impacts on mental health. Many women experience a sense of fulfillment, joy, and purpose during pregnancy. However, hormonal changes can also lead to mood swings and, in some cases, perinatal depression. Access to mental health support and care is critical during this time.

Yes, a previous full-term pregnancy can benefit future pregnancies. It often leads to fewer complications in subsequent pregnancies, and mothers who have already had a full-term pregnancy are less likely to have preterm births in the future.

Natural childbirth can have several benefits, including a shorter recovery time and a lower risk of respiratory problems for the baby. However, every woman’s situation is unique, and it’s essential to discuss with a healthcare provider to determine the best approach.

Absolutely. The emotional connection between mother and baby can start to develop during pregnancy, and carrying a baby to full term provides more opportunities for this bond to grow, through movements, heartbeat hearing, and even responding to the baby’s kicks.

At Loreto House, we offer a range of services for expecting mothers, including medical care, counseling, parenting classes, and material assistance. We are committed to supporting women throughout their pregnancy and beyond.

Post-pregnancy, Loreto House offers ongoing support, including parenting classes, baby supplies, and a supportive community of other mothers. We are here to help you navigate the joys and challenges of motherhood.

Research suggests that full-term pregnancy can have long-term health benefits, including a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, and balanced nutrition are also crucial for long-term health.

According to the WHO, a full-term pregnancy is considered to be between 37 and 42 weeks. They recommend that, whenever possible and safe, pregnancy should be carried to full term to give the baby the best start in life, as crucial developments occur in the final weeks of pregnancy.

The first trimester covers the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. During this period, the fertilized egg transforms into an embryo and the essential organs start to form. The baby’s heart begins to beat around the 6th week.

The second trimester covers weeks 13 to 27. The baby’s bones start to ossify, and distinct features like fingers, toes, and facial features become apparent. The baby begins to move and may even start to hear!


From week 28 until birth, the baby grows rapidly, gaining weight and developing organs to survive outside the womb. You’ll feel your baby’s movements quite prominently in this trimester.


Research suggests that the baby starts to hear and recognize your voice around the 23rd week of pregnancy.

A baby’s heart starts beating around the 6th week of pregnancy.

Yes, around the 28th week, your baby can open its eyes, respond to light, and even react to the sound of your voice.

The lungs are one of the last organs to fully mature. By the 36th week, the lungs are typically developed enough to adequately function outside the womb.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial for your baby’s development. This includes eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, getting regular prenatal care, avoiding harmful substances, and managing stress levels.

There’s evidence to suggest that prolonged severe stress or anxiety can affect a baby’s development. Regular prenatal care, relaxation techniques, and emotional support can help manage these feelings. At Loreto House, we are here for you, to help and guide you through all of your pregnancy.

Talking, singing, or reading to your baby, responding to your baby’s kicks, and visualizing your baby can all foster a sense of connection.

Yes, a balanced diet is critical for your baby’s growth and development. Essential nutrients like folic acid, iron, calcium, and DHA contribute significantly to your baby’s health.

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Yes, research shows that the food you eat can influence the amniotic fluid’s taste, which your baby can taste.

Your baby starts to develop unique fingerprints around the 10th week of pregnancy.

Prolonged exposure to loud noise might potentially impact a baby’s hearing. It’s advisable to avoid loud concerts or noisy work environments.

While we can’t know for sure, some scientists speculate that rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in the third trimester may indicate that babies can dream.

When you laugh, your body releases feel-good chemicals that your baby can potentially respond to. Plus, the rhythmic movement of your belly when you laugh might soothe your baby.

The baby’s eyes begin to form around the 6th week of pregnancy, but they remain closed until about the 28th week

Yes, your baby can hear sounds from the outside world starting around the 23rd week. Playing music can be a wonderful way to bond with your baby.

Yes, many mothers feel rhythmic twitching that is different from the baby’s normal movements. These are likely to be hiccups.

The baby’s brain starts to form three weeks after conception and continues to develop throughout your pregnancy and even after birth.

By the 22nd week, your baby begins to grow hair, starting with the eyebrows and the head.

The baby’s sex can often be determined through ultrasound between the 18th and 22nd week of pregnancy.

Prenatal exercises like yoga and walking can enhance your health and thereby your baby’s development. Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting a new exercise routine during pregnancy.

Yes, your baby can hear your voice by around the 23rd week. Talking, singing, or reading to your baby can foster a bond even before they are born.

Babies can start sucking their thumb as early as the 13th to 16th week of pregnancy.