10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pregnancy!

Whether you’re a woman who hasn’t yet been pregnant or a man who wants to better understand what an expectant mother really goes through, these 10 things that occur while a woman is pregnant are all strange and often disturbing. These are the weird things that happen during pregnancy that people probably won’t tell you about.

 1. You Could Be Pregnant For Over A Year

Most pregnancies last for about 9 months and doctors are likely to induce labor if pregnancy goes on too long. That being said, it is possible to be pregnant for a whole year. The world’s longest pregnancy lasted 375 days, strangely, the baby was only a little under seven pounds.
It certainly puts a whole new perspective on being a few weeks late, doesn’t it?

 2. A Male Fetus Can Get Erections In The Womb

Most mothers don’t like to think about their baby boys getting erections, even when they are teenagers, but the fact is that many baby boys get boners while they’re still in the womb. In fact, babies of both sexes are known to masturbate in utero, but boys are the only ones who can be caught while aroused on the sonogram.

If having sex while pregnant seemed a little creepy before now, just imagine what your baby is doing while you make love.

3. Your Entire Undercarriage Might Need Stitches

The last place any woman wants stitches is in her taint, but many mothers have to get that area closed up surgically. Nine out of ten women have some type of vaginal tearing after birth, but there are many degrees of tearing. Some tears only require a little care or a few stitches, but the really bad cases go from the vagina all the way to the anus. Some can even affect the muscles beyond your anus. On the upside, tearing that reaches the anus is somewhat rare and only affects one in one hundred mothers.
Massaging the area prior to child birth can reduce tearing, but even then, it won’t completely stop tearing in most people. Suddenly, getting a C-section started sounding a whole lot more appealing, huh?

 4. You May Just Poop Yourself

During childbirth, it is extremely common for a woman to accidentally expel the contents of her bowels. There is a good reason for this –the muscles you use to push the baby out are the same ones you ordinarily use during a bowel movement. As if that weren’t enough to get your sphincter ready to go, the baby directly pushes on the rectum as it makes its exit, helping to squeeze out anything near the exit.

In olden times, it was common for nurses to give enemas prior to labor, but this practice didn’t end up stopping the mess from happening and often caused dehydration. These days, your doctors and nurses will be ready to help clean up the mess. In most cases, they won’t even say anything about it so you won’t know the difference.
It does make you think twice about filming the birth though, doesn’t it?

5. You Really Will Glow

Saying a pregnant woman is glowing is a common expression, but most people chalk it up to the woman’s excitement about becoming a mommy. As it turns out though, glowing skin is a very real thing for pregnant women. While you’re pregnant, the amount of blood in your body will increase by 50%. The extra blood ends up showing through the skin in many areas, particularly the cheeks.

On top of this, hormones cause the oil glands to become more active, resulting in a softer, shinier appearance. When the increased blood flow combines with shine, the result is a noticeable glow.

 6. Your Sense of Smell Gets Better

During pregnancy, your sense of smell increases drastically, as does your sense of taste. Scientists hypothesize that this is to help pregnant mothers avoid eating small levels of toxins that might not be dangerous to an adult, but could be deadly to a fetus. As smoke, alcohol and coffee are all particularly noticeable to pregnant women, this theory certainly seems to be on the right path.

 7. Contractions Don’t Stop After Birth

Most mothers will have contractions for the first few days after birth. The muscle cramps are the body’s way of stopping excess blood loss. On the upside, if you give birth at the hospital, you’ll still be pretty drugged up and will probably barely even notice.

 8. You Don’t Really Need To Eat For Two

Despite the widespread rumors that say pregnant women need to gain all the weight they can in order to give birth a healthy baby, the truth is that most women will only need an extra 300 calories per day. That’s equivalent to about one serving of yogurt and half a bagel. Most women only need to gain about 25 pounds throughout their entire pregnancy.

Of course, if you happen to be at the buffet and are having a tough time resisting the desserts section, go ahead and sneak a little extra. No one will give a pregnant woman a hard time if she pigs out.

9. Your Feet Can Grow Up To One Full Shoe Size

If you’re wondering why your feet will get so big when you only gain 25 pounds, it has to do with the excess pressure on your feet paired with relaxed ligaments in your body. As your pregnancy wears on, your body starts to release the tightness of its ligaments to help with the birthing process. Unfortunately for your shoes, this also means your feet start to lose their arch and stretch out on the sides. The flatter, wider shape of your feet will probably be temporary, but if they grew too much, the change could end up being permanent. If your feet do stay a bit larger, it certainly will serve as a great excuse to buy more shoes.

10. The Father Might Show Symptoms of Pregnancy

It’s surprisingly common for a father-to-be to start gaining weight, getting morning sickness and even feel cramps in his lower abdomen. The condition is known as a sympathetic pregnancy or the Couvade Syndrome, which comes from the french word couvee meaning “to hatch”.

Renewable Energy: Kenya shows the way for Africa!

Kenya Wind Farm

There are some 700 million people in Africa without access to electricity. As the continent modernizes, those people will need power. But could African power be a perfect place for leapfrog technology–when a developing society goes straight to the most modern technology without going through the iterations seen in the developed world? A new windfarm in Kenya might indicate yes.

The $870 million Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, set to begin construction in December, will be the largest wind farm in Africa when it is completed. The project, which will be built in a remote area near the Lake Turkana basin, will use 360 wind turbines to pump out 300 megawatts of power–enough to power tens of thousands of homes and add 30% more energy capacity to Kenya’s grid. LWTP, a consortium of Kenyan and Dutch organizations including Anset Africa and KP&P, also plans to install a 266-mile-long transmission line to bring energy from the turbine project to the main grid.

This is a big step for Africa’s renewable energy capacity, but there is still a long way to go. There is only one grid-linked solar power project currently operating on the continent (in Rwanda), though there are several under construction. And at least one country in the region–South Africa–relies almost entirely on coal for energy.

But if LTWP is completed on schedule (by 2014) and without any future financing issues, investors may soon come around to the idea that large-scale renewable projects in Africa make sense.

5 things I learnt from the Royal Wedding

I am going to keep this simple and straight to the point. That is one thing I learnt from the Royal Wedding. Without mincing words, let’s check the following:

  1. Respect for time

Time is the only thing that we equally have on earth. 24 hours for each person. 3 days for each individual. Why did I say 3 days? Three days: yesterday, today and tomorrow. Yesterday is the past and we take lessons from that, today is now and we make choices. Tomorrow is the future and today defines that. We live in a part of the world where time is so neglected. From the president to the ordinary citizen. The Ghana Man Time (GMT) has defined the way we do things. I observed that everyone was at the wedding on time. Even the Queen was 1 minute earlier than the time that she was supposed to show up. Let us learn something from that because I remember a cadet boy collapsing when I was in secondary school during a speech day because the president at that time who was the Guest of Honor was one hour late for the function. The boy couldn’t stand for that long.

2. Ladies have a new yardstick and dreams now.

I love the way some people dream. And yes it is good to dream. Some even went to the extent of fighting over Prince William on twitter. How interesting! Someone who was getting married.  The gentlemen of today have a problem. The ladies saw something and that has been etched on their brains. ‘It is either a wedding like this or nothing else’ someone said. Can the guys do it? I don’t think that is possible so I plead with the ladies to lower their expectations a little bit. We can’t spend millions on the wedding and have nothing to spend afterwards. Investment is very important. There is difference between a wedding and marriage and the latter is not a joke.

3. From a commoner to a princess

That was the headline on CNN. I believe that Kate now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge never in her life envisaged getting married to someone from the royal family. She was a nobody. Someone from a very humble family. If an angel had descended from heaven and given her that prophecy, she might not have believed and yet she is now living the life. No matter your beginning… no matter where you are coming from… no matter your family, you can be a great, influential and respected person in the society. That is one thing we should not overlook for a second. As you live, there is hope for the future. Never ever quit. When I talk to people who have tried committing suicide, I marvel at how they think. You don’t know what you will get while you are alive. The Book of Proverbs says that, “a live dog is more important than a dead lion.” You will be somebody in future. Stop belittling yourself and never despise smaller beginnings.

4. Simplicity is awesome

Did you see the cars? Bet you did! They were so neat. Neat to the extent that they could make you scream for joy. Someone was asking about the people who waxed the cars. It is all about maintenance especially with the carriage that was built in 1902 (I am told) but was still used for the occasion. The Duke of Cambridge dressed simply.

Dresses and everything used for the occasion were impeccable. I didn’t see any showcase of breasts (the tradition of SOME Ghanaian ladies now.) I didn’t see anyone causing trouble as seen at certain weddings. Lastly, it took less than 45 minutes to end the wedding which is something you don’t see in Ghana. Pastors talk for hours. Services are held for hours just to bless one wedding. That time could be used to do something productive. To the GH pastors, please learn to cut certain things short. Spending a lot of hours at a wedding doesn’t help.

5. Don’t miss Heaven

Ok I know it is very difficult or impossible for someone to have a wedding as grand as this. The whole world came to a standstill. It is one of the most watched events in the history of the world. It was huge and magnificent. If you are unable to enjoy such a thing as this….. If you are unable to experience life as a prince….. If you are unable to see all this grandeur in your life, why do you have to also miss heaven? That is the ultimate. Why suffer on earth and also suffer in hell? Make a choice today. Thank you.