Following my mysterious blackout on Wednesday, I decided to look up fainting and pregnancy on the Internet.
Babycentre says that it's not uncommon because the heart rate goes up, more blood is being pumped and the amount of blood in the system expands (by 40-45%). Apparently, now is about the time my blood pressure is at its lowest.
Then I found a discussion group, in which one woman says she's been pregnant fifteen times! When I saw that number, I stopped looking for stuff about fainting.
So I looked up parenthood records...
- Most number of children - 69, over a period of 40 years. 67 of them survived past infancy
- Youngest mother - 5 years, 7 months
- Youngest father - 12 years
- Oldest mother - 63 years, 9 months
- Oldest father - 93 years, 10 months
And a couple of rather interesting FAQs here:
- Highest number of children given birth to at one time - 9 (none survived past a week)
- It takes longer to give birth to boys than to girls