You don’t really need a medical degree to know that the little bun in your oven can suck his thumb and hiccup. Adorable baby-sucks-his-thumb ultrasounds seem to be ubiquitous, and the sensation of hiccupping in the womb is indisputable. But what else are babies up to in your womb the entire day?
Any pregnancy book in the world can give you a detailed answer to when your baby will form fingers but can it answer more pertinent questions like, “Can he fart in my womb?” Ha! Got you thinking now, isn’t it? Well read on to have all your most bizarre pregnancy-related questions answered:
1. Can babies breathe in the womb?
They do breathe… but not like us. It’s complicated. Since there’s a lot of fluid, they get their oxygen from their mommies via the umbilical cord.
2. Do babies pee in the womb?Sponsored
Yes, they do! Amniotic fluid? It’s basically your baby’s pee. When your baby has reached full-term, almost 100% of the amniotic fluid encompassing him is composed of urine.
3. Do babies cry in the womb?
A study conducted in 2005 claims they do. When a noise stimulus was placed against a pregnant belly, the fetus displayed distinctive crying behavior. Aw.
According to the authors, “By 20 weeks gestation, the fetus possesses the complete motor repertoire necessary for cry behaviors: coordinated breathing efforts, jaw opening, mouthing, chin quiver, tongue extension, and swallowing.”
4. Do babies poop in the womb?
Usually? No. The first poop, called ‘meconium,’ generally occurs during the first day of birth. However pooping in the womb isn’t entirely impossible, especially if your little one is under stress upon delivery or is overdue.
5. Do babies open their eyes in the womb?
They can and they do! Around the 26th week is when a baby generally opens his eyes.
6. Do babies fart in the womb?
Theoretically? Maybe. At least, according to The Doctors, a medical TV show, “At term, babies actually can pass poop in the amniotic fluid. So you can’t really hear a fart, but theoretically, they’re passing gas in there.”
7. Do babies sleep in the womb?
Yes! Science20 says, “Around the seventh month of a fetus’ development, the first rapid eye movements are seen.” Post this; the baby continues to cycle between non-REM and REM sleep as well as alert-awake and quiet-awake cycles. Alert-awake is the time you receive those kicks!
8. Do babies dream in the womb?
Since our dreams occur during REM sleep, it is highly probable that the little tyke does dream in your womb. However, what on earth could they be dreaming about?
9. Do babies bond in the womb?
You bet! Those nine months they spent listening to you croon while enveloped in your warmth has made them develop the warm fuzzies when it comes to you. This is why from birth, they recognize your call and are comforted by your touch.
10. Do babies smile in the womb?
You may have been heartbroken to learn they can cry, but take hope in the fact that they can also smile in the womb.
We hope we successfully answered all your crazy does-my-baby-in-the-womb questions that you were (admit it) too afraid to ask your doctor. Now you can continue wondering about baby names instead.
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