Being pregnant and becoming a mom is one of the greatest things in a woman’s life. It was certainly for me. And while we all know that incredible things happen in a woman’s body, such as, making life and nursing that life, we don’t really think of the specifics. Here, I’m going to share with you some of the amazing things that a woman’s body goes through while being pregnant and nursing – I didn’t know any of these and it made me miss those days when I nursed my babies and those months that I carried them inside of me.
1. The Placenta is a Filter – After mommy eats, the food is digested and it enters the mom’s bloodstream. Then from the mom’s bloodstream, it passes to the baby through the placenta, which acts as a giant filter so that the baby only gets those nutrients that he/she needs, and it discards what is not needed.
2. Super Colostrum – Colostrum is the deep yellow substance that comes out before the breast milk. After I had given birth, the nurses were driving me freaking crazy telling me to nurse my newborn and I kept telling them I had no milk. But I was wrong and they were right. I did have this amazing substance that gave my baby a surge of antibodies that will protect and help my newborn grow and develop. The incredible thing of colostrum is that all those antibodies and nutrients are packed in small quantities that only come out after birth just before breast milk.
3. Breast Milk is Different for Boys and Girls – This finding is truly amazing. Studies have found that the type of breast milk a mom produces is different for each gender. A specific “mix” is created for boys and another one for girls.
4. Breast Milk Changes for Premature Babies – This one is similar to number 3. Once a baby is born prematurely, a mom’s body will change the composition of the breast milk that the baby will need. The body knows the baby came out too early and it quickly manages to change the mix of the breast milk so that the premature baby can get exactly what it needs from the mom’s milk to continue surviving outside of the womb.
5. Breastfeeding Reduces Pain – Research has shown that when you nurse your baby while he’s going through a painful procedure such as an immunization shot, it reduces his pain and the breast milk acts as sort of analgesic drug.
The next time you see a pregnant woman or a mom breastfeeding a baby, remember these five amazing things that are actually happening in the woman’s body. It will totally change your perspective and leave you in awe.