16 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Life Before Birth

National   Andrew Bair   Aug 28, 2013   |   9:41AM    Washington, DC

We all began our journey from the moment we were conceived. Here’s some of the facts of life you may not know about your time in your mother’s womb.

1. At the moment of conception, you had a unique set of DNA that never previously existed in the history of the world. YOLO.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Your Life Before Birth

2. Your hair and eye color and facial features were also determined.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Your Life Before Birth

3. By 22 days after conception, your heart was already beating and for some, with a different blood type than their mother.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Your Life Before Birth

4. At 6 weeks after conception, you had detectable brain waves.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Your Life Before Birth

5. By 7 weeks, you were swimming.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Your Life Before Birth

6. By 8 weeks, every major organ was in place.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Your Life Before Birth

7. By 10 weeks, you could hiccup.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Your Life Before Birth

No, seriously.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Your Life Before Birth

8. By 12 weeks, you could suck your thumb.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Your Life Before Birth

9. And you looked like this.

And you looked like this.

10. By 15 weeks, you developed taste buds.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Your Life Before Birth

For real. You had developed adult taste buds.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Your Life Before Birth

11. By 17 weeks, you could experience REM sleep.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Your Life Before Birth

12. By 20 weeks, you could feel pain.

By 20 weeks, you could feel pain.

13. Over the next few weeks, your mother felt an increase in your movements.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Your Life Before Birth

14. If born premature at this stage, you could survive.

If born premature at this stage, you could survive.

15. In months 7-9, you could open and close your eyes.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Your Life Before Birth

16. Then at 9 months, you were born. (Obvs)

16 Things You Didn't Know About Your Life Before Birth

Happy Birthday!

16 Things You Didn't Know About Your Life Before Birth