Here are some facts you probably didn't know but were afraid to ask!
Men are officially the best at changing baby! Research shows that the average time taken by a woman to change baby is 2 minutes and 5 seconds, whereas the average man takes 1 minute and 36 seconds! Expert in male and female behaviour Corinne Sweet says 'Changing baby is essentially a mechanical process, men approach it like a pit stop; they want it over as quickly as possible'.
The heaviest baby at birth weighed 24 pounds. This has now become a topic of debate. One of our members, Jay, (Thank you Jay!) claims there was one listed at 26 lbs. However, after a little more research ourselves we dicovered that, according to the Guinness Book of Records the heaviest baby ever born weighed 29 lbs 4 oz. (29.25 lbs) - ouch!!!. (Historical Note: The birth occurred in Effingham, Illinois in 1939 and due to respiratory problems the baby died two hours later. The heaviest babies to survive weighed 22.5 lbs and were born in 1955 and 1982.)
The father's sperm decides the sex of your baby. The mother's eggs contain only a female or X chromosome, but a man's contains either an X (which makes a girl) or Y chromosome (which makes a boy). Whichever one reaches the egg first and fertilises it will determine the sex.
The water (amniotic fluid) surrounding the baby is mostly baby urine
The oldest mother on record was 63 years old
The lightest baby at birth weighed 270 grams (10 ounces)
The most surviving births from a multiple gestation is 7
Eating fish during pregnancy can boost your baby's brain development and give him better communication and language skills. A study of 7000 mothers found that those who ate fish at least once per week had babies who scored higher in verbal skills at 15 months than those whose mothers ate no fish.
Did you know that every three seconds a baby is born?
Sweden has the lowest birth rate in the world, 1 in 100. Malawi, in Africa, has the highest, 5.3 in 100.
The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69. From 1725-1765 a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets.
According to a survey, women prefer blue bedrooms more than other colors; men are happier with white bedrooms.
Will your baby be left or right-handed? It's decided as early as 10 weeks gestation say researchers who found that babies in the womb favour one hand over the other, the same one they'll prefer to use in life.
A Swiss study found that a majority of women unconsciously choose mates with a body odor that differs from their own natural scents, which, as a result, ensures better immune protection for their children. "Longevity" magazine reported that the genes that battle disease-provoking substances also influence body odor.
The first child ever born on the continent of Antarctica was born in 1978.
The average stay in a hospital to give birth was 4.1 days in 1970. It was 2.6 days in 1993.