Did you know these surprising pregnancy facts? Just a few more reasons why pregnancy is simply the most unusual, unique and downright magical experience that it is!

You are pregnant! Whether you're surprised by the news or it was purposely planned and finally happened (which can still be a total shock, of course!) your mind may be spinning with the reality of what's happening now and what is to come. Well, you're in good company - according to the most recent data by the good folks who keep track of this stuff - you've just joined the club of approximately 4 million other women in the U.S. who are going to be preparing for and welcoming additions to their family this year. That sure is a lot of baby-making going on, you guys! (wink, wink!

It's always nice to know that you're not alone in any endeavor, isn't it? 

Whether it's your first baby or your eighth (there are approximately 20,722 who are welcoming their eighth, or better, child this year, wow!) each pregnancy is, indeed, a once-in-a-lifetime experience with it's own unique adventures and undertakings. You cannot 100% predict from one pregnancy to the next exactly how it's going to affect you, so there are always new things to think about, learn and do, especially in this fast-paced world where new ideas, information and products spring up daily and are accessible instantly. Timeless practices such as pregnancy (and parenting) are definitely no exceptions!

A whole lot of preparing is in short order - the next few months will go by fast and, like it or not, ready or not, you really do have only a limited amount of time to get things established. Preparation and knowledge is the best way to sail as smoothly as possible through any process, but it is especially essential during pregnancy, where there is not just one of you to think about, but two - or possibly more (for you go-getters!) Parents-to-be everywhere have the technology, essentially at the touch of a button from the comforts of home, that allows us to be knowledgeable, prepared and well ahead of the game that is in full swing of changing our lives forever - and for the better.

There is so much to think about, learn, plan and do... so much to look forward to!  You've got the things you will need and have to do...and the things you'll want to do...the plans to plan, the lists to make, the ideas to try, the actual doing to make it all the perfect reality that you envision...and all of the fun to be had and memories to capture in the process.

No doubt about it, and no way of getting around it: You have an important, demanding job ahead of you. While you are preparing on the outside, you're going to go through a lot of changes mentally, physically, emotionally, physiologically, even spiritually on the inside...your whole life will never look or feel quite the same from this point on, but it will all be worth it during this unique and awesome experience. You may feel anxious and overwhelmed right now and that is perfectly okay and totally normal. Anything new is scary, but once you get used to the idea and into the swing of things from this point forward, instinct will kick in and you'll be ready to plan, list, try and do.  You've got this!