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Pregnancy, birth, babies and motherhood. All incredible. All rich with facts and amazing "did you knows". Here are a few of the best ones that will confirm what you know already — that pregnancy, babies and motherhood are nothing less than truly spectacular.

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  1. Did You Know:

After reviewing the scientific evidence for and against circumcision, the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) no longer recommends routine circumcision for newborn boys.

And many paediatricians no longer perform circumcisions at all. Visit http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/babies/Circumcision.htm for more information.
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  2. Did You Know:

The longest stage of labour is called stage 1.

Stage 1 begins with your first contraction, and, many women spend most of this time at home. By the end of this stage, your cervix will be dilated to about 4-5 cm as your body makes it’s final preparations for baby’s arrival. Women who have chosen to deliver their baby in a hospital, tend to be admitted during this time.(source: According to Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada guidelines, a mom to be's cervix should be dilated about 4 to 5 cm before admission.)
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  3. Did You Know:

In Canada, the explosion in the number of multiple births in the last 30 years is huge.

With similar increases in other developed countries. Since 1974, birth of twins has risen 35% (per 100,000 successful pregnancies) and the incidence of triplets and higher order multiple births has increased over 250% in the same period. Why? Women are waiting longer to start families, and as a result Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is being used more frequently.

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  4. Did You Know:

The ‘baby blues’ is a mild form of postpartum depression that many new moms experience.

In fact, up to 80% of new moms will experience some form of baby blues in the postpartum period. It usually starts one to three days after the birth, and lasts for about 10 days to a few weeks. With baby blues, you can have extreme mood swings — happy one minute and crying the next. You may also feel anxious, confused, or have trouble eating or sleeping. No matter how you may feel, you’re not alone. Support is available through your public health nurse, your doctor, friends and your partner, Don’t be afraid to say “I need help”. Don’t worry if everything isn't “perfect”. And don’t feel like it’s your fault. Before you know, it will go away all on it’s own (the case for the majority of mothers), and you’ll forget all about this dark period, and start to relish this new period as an extraordinary mom. If, at any time, you’re worried about how you’re feeling, or the sadness persists, please talk to your doctor as soon as possible.(Canadian Psychiatric Association)
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