Mother’s Day is a day when we show our gratitude and appreciation to the wonderful moms in our lives. It is also a day that celebrates motherhood and the influence of mothers on our society.
While flowers and cards are popular gifts on Mother’s Day, we’ve decided to compile a list with some interesting facts about mothers and motherhood.
Top Interesting facts about mothers
It’s fact, pregnancy changes the body. You can leave a lasting impression, and no, we’re not talking about stretch marks. Your mom has been carrying your pieces for decades. It is called microchimerism.
What is microchimerism?
When you’re growing in the womb, your cells will blend with your mother after it moves across the placenta. The two cells mixed together are called immune and mesenchymal cells.
The immune cells are very important as it ensures that the mother’s immune system will not reject the fetus. Yes, we’re talking about you.
Scientists believe that mesenchymal cells play a huge role in the regeneration process. There is still much research being done on what it can do for the human body.
You loved your mother’s voice before you were born. A research done by Queen’s University in Canada found that a fetus’s heart rate increases significantly compared to the voice of a stranger, even their father.
Do you know that both languages, Mandarin and Spanish use this word, mama? You see, the first word a baby vocalizes is “ma”.
You’ve named your mom
Do you know that both languages, Mandarin and Spanish use this word, mama? You see, the first word a baby vocalizes is ma. It’s no surprise that there are no language barriers when it comes to talking about mothers.
Breast milk offers all sorts of benefits to the immune system – and may even protect against HIV
Breast milk is widely known to provide all sorts of nutritional benefits that formula cannot match. One of them is to strengthen the baby’s immune system: because the antibodies are passed through breast milk, breastfed babies are able to fight respiratory and digestive tract in childhood.
But recently, scientists have discovered that breast milk can protect against a very different type of infection: HIV.
It doesn’t prevent the spread of HIV in all cases, but most of them. This, along with the enormous nutritional advantages of breast milk, is the reason why the United Nations recently started recommending HIV-infected mothers to breastfeed, as long as they are taking antiretroviral medicines.
Fascinating Facts about mothers you should know
- The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in 1908. It was founded by Anna Jarvis.
- President Wilson established Mother’s Day.
- There are about 2 billions moms in the world.
- An estimated 85 million moms are in the USA.
- There are about 122,5 millions phone calls on Mother’s Day, making it one of the busiest phone days of the year.
- About $14 billion is spent on Mother’s Day.
- More people buy fresh flowers and plants for Mother’s Day than any other holidays except Christmas/Hanukkah.
- The carnation is the most popular flower for Mother’s Day.
- Your motherly smell is recognized by your baby within a few meters and can stop them crying in a few seconds.
- 31.8% of moms have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Motherhood change your brain
There is a reduction in the grey matter in the brains of new moms (specifically in the front & temporal lobe regions, responsible for social cognition. These changes can help new moms detect threats to help protect themselves and their babies more quickly). While these areas of the brain “shrink”, they become more powerful.
Most dedicated moms in the animal kingdom
Orangutan – The bond between an orangutan mother and her young is one of the strongest in nature. During the first two years of life, the young rely entirely on their mothers for both food and transportation.
Octopus – Octopus mothers are among the most devoted in the animal kingdom. The Octopus lays eggs just once, and cares for the eggs for over a month. She will not leave the nest, not even for food. Octopus mothers have been known to eat their own arms in order to stay alive and protect their eggs!
Elephant – Raising a baby elephant takes commitment. Mother elephants will stay close to her calf for 16 years.
Facts about mothers – The world famous strange mothers
The mothers below are very special, talented and famous. Let’s see who they are and what they have special.
Maria Cristerna – Vampire Woman
Vampire Woman, also known as the Vampire Woman, is a key figure in our list. Her bold aesthetic ability, a walking canvas we might add, is a way of showing her freedom. The domestic violence victim, former lawyer and mother of four, not only modified her teeth, but also implanted titanium thorns into her head.
Grace McDaniels – Mule-faced Woman
Have you heard the mule-faced woman? Grace McDaniels, an Lowa native, was born with Sturge-Weber Syndrome. The facial deform disorder eventually won the title of ” ugliest woman” in 1935. With the new title, McDaniels was able to discover the world, performing in a traveling circus that earned her a whopping $175 a week. Then she took her son, Elmer, for the ride because he was her greatest treasure.
Most kids: Mrs. Vassilyev in Russia gave birth to 69 children between 1725 and 1765.
Oldest mother: Rosanna Dalla Corte gave birth to a baby boy when she was 63 years old in Italy in 1994.
Heaviest Newborn: Signora Carmelina Fedele gave birth to a 22 lb 8 oz boy in Italy in 1955.
Facts About Mothers – What about Working Moms?
72% of mothers with a child over 1 year old work (comparable to women without children), compared with 39% in 1976.
55% of mothers with a child under 1 year old work, compared with 31% in 1976.
Mothers with full-time jobs spend 13 hours working in the office or at home doing household chores.
Above are interesting facts about mothers that I want to tell. Mother’s Day is coming soon and don’t forget to share this post to let mom know how amazing she is.
In addition, you can give small gifts such as flowers a T-shirt or a coffee mug with wishes to express your love.