Mind-blowing and amazing facts about a) the human brain and b) pregnancy.

A: SOME AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE HUMAN BRAIN. 

Physical Attributes

The weight of your brain is about 3 pounds.

Your skin weighs  twice as much as your brain.

Your brain is made up of about 75 percent water.

Your brain consists of about 100 billion neurons.

There are anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 synapses for each neuron.

There are no pain receptors in your brain, so your brain can feel no pain.

There are 100,000 miles of blood vessels in your brain.

Your brain is the fattest organ in your body and may consist of at least 70 percent fat.

The Developing Brain

At birth, your brain was almost the same size as an adult brain and contained most of the brain cells for your whole life.

A newborn baby’s brain grows about three times its size in the first year.

Humans continue to make new neurons throughout life in response to mental activity.

The first sense to develop while in utero is the sense of touch. The lips and cheeks can experience touch at about 8 weeks and the rest of the body around 12 weeks.

Brain Function

Your brain uses 20 percent of the total oxygen in your body.

If your brain loses blood for 8 to 10 seconds, you will lose consciousness.

While awake, your brain generates between  10 and 23 watts of power — or enough energy to power a light bulb.

The old adage of humans only using 10% of their brain is not true. Every part of the brain has a known function.

The brain can live for 4 to 6 minutes without oxygen, and then it begins to die. No oxygen for 5 to 10 minutes will result in permanent brain damage.

A study of 1 million students in New York showed that students who ate lunches that did not include artificial flavors, preservatives, and dyes did 14 percent better on IQ tests than students who ate lunches with these additives.

Psychology of Your Brain

You can’t tickle yourself because your brain distinguishes between unexpected external touch and your own touch.

There is a class of people known as super tasters who not only have more taste buds on their tongue, but whose brain is more sensitive to the tastes of foods and drinks. In fact, they can detect some flavors that others cannot.

The connection between body and mind is a strong one. One estimate is that between 50-70 percent of visits to the doctor for physical ailments are attributed to psychological factors.

Memory

Every time you recall a memory or have a new thought, you are creating a new connection in your brain.

You have around  70000 thoughts per day.

Memories triggered by scent have a stronger emotional connection, and therefore appear more intense than other memory triggers.

While you sleep at night may be the best time for your brain to consolidate all your memories from the day. Lack of sleep may actually hurt your ability to create new memories.

Dreams and Sleep

Most people dream about  1-2 hours a night and have an average of 4-7 dreams each night.

You are not dreaming if you snore.

Studies show that brain waves are more active while dreaming than when you are awake.

Some people (about 12 percent) dream only in black and white while others dream in color.

While you sleep, your body produces a hormone that may prevent you from acting out your dreams, leaving you virtually paralyzed.

B. SOME AMAZING FACTS ABOUT PREGNANCY.
When a friend of mine got pregnant we talked a lot about babies and as well as pregnancy itself. We googled some mind-blowing facts I would like to mention (some were quite fascinating ;)):
  1. During pregnancy the uterus stretches from the size of a peach to the size of a medium watermelon.
  2. A woman’s placenta from a pregnant woman can produce more estrogen in one day than a non-pregnant woman in three years.
  3. The possibility of multiple birth will increase with tall or overweight mothers.
  4. In 90% of the cases skin tone will change during pregnancy.
  5. Pregnant women and new mothers can lactate when a baby is crying – even if it’s not their child.
  6. Pregnant women develop an enhanced sense of smell. Thereby she can avoid food which may be harmful to the baby.
  7. Nearly 75% of all conceptions miscarry. That means most women have been pregnant at some point in their life. A miscarriage can happen without knowing it. It happens just like a normal period.
  8. In the second half of pregnancy, the baby will urinate about a liter per day. After they drink it.
  9. Baby’s fingerprints are formed in the first three months of pregnancy.
  10. Babies cry in the womb for practicing for their big day 🙂
  11. Babies are able to crawl immediately after birth. Therefore a baby can crawl on mom’s chest and find food (breast milk).
  12. Newborns are quite strong. A newborn can grasp so strong that it would be able to hold its whole body with its fingers.
  13. Newborns do not have the ability to swim – but they have reflexes that make it look like they can swim. Newborns also have another reflex, which is called the bradycardic. That makes babies hold their breath and open their eyes when submerging in water.
  14. Newborns kneecaps are made out of cartilage (like shark bones!). After a while it converts to bones.

Find more exciting statistics here: https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-mind-blowing-amazing-facts-about-the-human-body .

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4 responses to “Mind-blowing and amazing facts about a) the human brain and b) pregnancy.

  1. @Victoria: Me too. I just love statistical data with regard to all kinds of oddities.

    BTW, I strongly recommend you to visit Quora.com in order to subscribe to some of the topics discussed on that site.

  2. I like this, and I have a few comments:

    “At birth, your brain was almost the same size as an adult brain and contained most of the brain cells for your whole life.
    A newborn baby’s brain grows about three times its size in the first year.”

    These can’t both be true!

    “There is a class of people known as super tasters who not only have more taste buds on their tongue, but whose brain is more sensitive to the tastes of foods and drinks. In fact, they can detect some flavors that others cannot.”

    Agreed, and that’s me! Pecans and walnuts are intolerably bitter, hot food is way hotter for me, radishes are really nasty, raw onions might as well be pure sulfuric acid, and cilantro tastes like soap. Eating out can be rather a minefield.

    “5.Pregnant women and new mothers can lactate when a baby is crying – even if it’s not their child.
    6.Pregnant women develop an enhanced sense of smell. Thereby she can avoid food which may be harmful to the baby.”

    I can vouch for both of these through personal experience!

  3. @ubi dubium: Than you for very relevant information.

    I agree that both facts can’t be true.

    But maybe the author meant that the number of neurons are pretty much the same in a newborn baby’s and an adult’s brain? In spite of the fact that the volume (the weight) changes in the way described.

    I’m prone to believe that is what the author meant.

    BTW, very interesting to read that you are a real super taster.

    Indeed, this is a fascinating topic.

    A good start for those interested in the subject is to read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supersense .

    Merry Christmas, dear super taster!

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