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There is no love more powerful than the love of a mother.

A mother nourishes, protects, feeds, and heals her baby. Did you know studies found that when a mother held a prematurely born child close to her chest for a few hours, it helped with faster weight gain and better resistance to infections?

Motherhood is a difficult but beautiful journey. An interesting fact about the mother-baby bond is that pregnancy can change your brain and body in numerous ways. The uterus that holds the baby in a mother's womb expands from the size of an orange to the size of a watermelon. Studies also claim that there is a thing called 'mommy brain', wherein it is found that pregnancy and new motherhood could result in a loss of grey matter in the brain.

Did you know 'ma' is the first word a baby vocalizes? In fact, in almost all languages, the word for mother starts with the letter 'm'. In Mandarin Chinese, she is called Mama, and in Hebrew, she is called Em. Vietnamese children called their ma, based on the first sound that babies make. In Japanese, moms are called Hahaoya.

Role In The Family

The role of a mother in the family has witnessed tectonic changes in the past decades. Here are some of the facts about the roles mothers play.

A mother invests time, energy, and a lot of effort in raising her children and serves as a very important nurturer in most families.

Evidence suggests that mothers have been in charge of raising babies and taking care of family needs since ancient times.

During ancient times, the main occupations were hunting and gathering, which required muscle strength, and thus, those responsibilities were taken up by man. A woman has a natural tendency to nourish, and that's why she became a homemaker.

A mom plays an important role in ensuring the children get healthy and nutritious food.

When it comes to feeding an infant, nature has equipped the mother with breastmilk. Studies have proved that breastmilk is the most nutritious food in the world and its importance for the first six months of a child's life has been proven.

In the Ice Age, when sunlight was scarce, the mother's body underwent mutations so as to provide the essential nutrients to the baby.

On average, a mother spends 40 hours a year changing diapers.

Did you know that moms do 88% of all the laundry done in US homes?

For new moms, postnatal care is very crucial as motherhood is very taxing and can take a toll on their health.

Though a mother takes up the responsibility of taking care of her child, having support from the family or husband can really ease the stress.

Did you know that after birth, stress has a negative impact on the mother as well as the baby?

Biological And Non-biological Mothers

A woman does not need to give birth to become a mother. She can adopt a child, use a surrogate mother, or be a stepmother. Here are some facts about biological and non-biological moms.

Studies say that there are 2 billion moms in the world. Not all of them are biological moms.

But babies do connect with their biological moms right from their days in the womb.

On average, most American women will have two children. In places like Utah and Alaska, the average woman will have three children.

In the United States, there are about 85.4 million mothers of different age groups.

In 1970, the average age of moms was 21, and right now it is 25. It is estimated that the average will continue to increase.

Did you know that the youngest mother in the history of the world was a young girl aged five years and seven months? This was a girl named Lina Medina in Peru.

The oldest mother to give birth was 70 years old, and she opted for in-vitro fertilisation.

Studies say that the modern mother will be older, more mature, and better educated.

Studies say that even before a baby is born, the biological mother and child develop a connection through the placenta.

According to history, adoption has been happening since the beginning of civilization.

Adoption has become very common and is regulated by law in the present times.

In 2001, there were about 135,000 children adopted every year. Out of these, 59% were picked from foster care systems and 26% were from countries other than the USA.

Biological moms go through a lot of physical and mental stress before and after a baby is born.

About 800 biological mothers die each day due to pregnancy-related complications.

Surrogate moms carry the babies of another couple.

Thanks to a process called vitro fertilization, surrogacy is becoming a common way for women to become non-biological moms to babies formed from their eggs.

A single mom can also choose to take the help of a sperm bank to get pregnant.

Studies show that a woman is encouraged to get pregnant and give birth by her friends, siblings, and family members.

A biological mom is someone who gives birth to babies.

Role In Society

Here is a list of facts that talk about a woman's role in society.

Mothers are children's first tutors.

Among both parents, it is mostly the women who are actively involved in a child's education. They help the kids with homework, take part in parent meetings, and support the child's extracurricular activities.

Also, the kid is more likely to inherit a mother's skills because of all the time they spend together.

Did you know that the mental state of the mom directly affects the behavioral traits of the kids?

The parenting styles of the mother determine how happy, empathetic, successful, and mindful the kid becomes.

A mother plays a critical role in every milestone their kids achieve from birth until after they become adults. She molds the mental, physical, emotional, and social wellbeing along with the father.

Mothers can play a role in improving the health quality of a country. They can bring down the crime rate.

Society has started to appreciate the role of a mother. Mother's Day is a very popular national holiday right now. Did you know that more flowers are purchased on this day than on any other holiday?

 FAQs

Why is a mother so important?

A mother plays an important role in a kid's life. Right from the child's birth to taking care of all their physical, emotional, medical, and developmental needs, a mother plays a very crucial role.

What do mothers do?

A mother can do everything that's required in the upbringing of a child. Right from nurturing the kids with breastfeeding to taking care of all their needs in the growing years.

How much do surrogate mothers make?

A surrogate mother can make an average of $25,000. The pay can go up to $80,000, depending on the city.

When did Mother's Day begin?

Mother's Day began on May 10, 1908, and was founded by a woman named Anna Jarvis to honor the death of her mother. This day was declared a national holiday in 1914.

Why do mothers and daughters fight?

In most cases, the fight stems from the need to discipline the child.

What is the psychology behind being a mother?

It is the inherent desire of a woman to nourish life within her.

The Kidadl Team is made up of people from different walks of life, from different families and backgrounds, each with unique experiences and nuggets of wisdom to share with you. From lino cutting to surfing to children’s mental health, their hobbies and interests range far and wide. They are passionate about turning your everyday moments into memories and bringing you inspiring ideas to have fun with your family.

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