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Promenading on the Fine Line

Thursday, June 8, 2017 @ 7:22 AM


Can we sit down and discuss how amazing mothers are? Or more specifically, how amazing the female reproductive system is?

Can you imagine how much more energy it requires to raise another human in your own body? The female body gains an extra 2 litres of blood in her body; we normally have 5.5 litres on average!
She goes through so many physical changes--enlarged breasts, increased blood pressure, temperature, and intense hormonal changes! We can not also forget the flattening of the organs; the bladder is detrimentally much more flat (thus requiring women to pee more frequently as their bladder can not expand as much as normal), and the stomach and intestines are squished and pushed up towards the diaphragm.

Oh, and let's not also forget the pregnancy process. C-sections, the cutting of the vaginal opening to make a larger hole for the baby to come out easier, the night long labor contractions, immense pain, the epidural they might take that consists a large needle puncturing through the spine, the IV's that they may possibly be hooked up to. The strength that truly radiates from being a strong mother.

And the work doesn't even stop there--we can't forget the importance of regular breastfeeding!

Boys, appreciate the momma you got and the fine lady you're planning to start a fam with. Cherish their amazing ability and selfless act of raising a child and never put a blame on their hormonal changes. They are there for your damn sperm to make a cozy home in our uterus. You boys have possibly the easiest job in the world that we live in: ejaculation, which cannot even come close (hahah #IMMATUR) to the magic that is pregnancy & childbirth. So y'all better treat your ladies right when they're carrying your child!

"The most dramatic physiological changes in pregnancy occur in the cardiovascular system. Total body water rises, and blood volume may increase as much as 40% by the 32nd week to accommodate the additional needs of the fetus. The rise in blood volume also safeguards against blood loss during birth. Mean blood pressure typically decreases during mid-pregnancy, but then rises to normal levels during the third trimester. Cardiac output increases by 35–40% at various stages of pregnancy. This helps propel the greater circulatory volume around the body. The uterus presses on the pelvic blood vessels, which may impair venous return from the lower limbs, resulting in varicose veins and leg edema."