Did you know babies hiccup, breathe and urinate in the womb? The secret lives of unborn babies is a fascinating thing. Join us on a journey of discovery.
After the central nervous system develops, hiccuping begins to prepare the little one to breathe outside the womb. The diaphragm contracts as baby “breathes” in the amniotic fluid.
Babies Can Play Before Birth
Just like babies after birth, babies in the womb enjoy play. They will grab toes, umbilical cords, whatever is in reach. They roll and kick for fun, as well. While the term “play” is broad, in this case, it simply means that a baby in the womb may become bored, and therefore begin moving or grabbing things as a way of relieving boredom as they experience it.
No, they don’t breathe in the sense that already born people do, but they do practice breathing by going through the motions in the amniotic fluid. In a sense, this breathing in and out of the fluid strengthens the lungs and prepares the diaphragm for life on the outside.
All that fluid baby is surrounded by is bound to be swallowed to some degree, and as a result the baby will urinate into the amniotic fluid. This actually serves to keep amniotic fluid levels normal, as well as promote healthy kidney function.
Babies Cry in the Womb
It may sound unbelievable, but it is true. An unborn baby can react to stimuli in a way that suggests they are crying, as a newborn would do. It is a truly remarkable thing to see! While no one can be sure what the reason is, it is clear that babies in utero respond with what clearly appears to be crying when stimulation is unexpected and startling.
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