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can the baby you are carrying breath in the womb?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:18 PM on Dec. 19, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • it cant it i guess you can say breath thew there blood...
    ppl who have water birth can leave there lo under the water for awhile if there not sept from the cord.

    Answer by mama2twins07 at 10:20 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

  • It goes through the motions but not technically breathe

    Answer by a_and_j_momma at 10:22 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

  • They don't 'breathe per se. Their oxygen is delivered via the umbilical cord. They do however swallow amniotic fluid. Their bladder fills and they 'urinate' During my fsecond US with my last child the tech pointed out my sons full bladder just a minute later it was empty.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 10:23 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

  • the baby breathes amniotic fluid while in the womb. When they are born, this is why they turn the baby upside down sometimes and suction the fluid from the mouth, the fluid drains and they breathe air for the first time.

    Answer by Bearsjen at 10:23 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

  • it just seems weird that the have a heart beat but cant breath.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:24 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

  • funny I asked the same question; they don't need to breathe; thanks to cord; but they will practice breathing (instinctively-thats why they are so amazing). Dr checks for breathing patterns near end of preg.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:34 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

  • No. Air is exchanged through the placenta and the umbilical cord. their lungs don't expand until the take their first breath on the outside

    Answer by Zarviemom19 at 11:18 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

  • The oxygen gets to the baby via the umbilical cord, and the lungs are actually collapsed. There is a substance called surfactant, which keeps the sides from sticking to each other when the baby starts to breathe. That first breath has to be big enough to to inflate the lungs.

    Answer by musicpisces at 2:09 AM on Dec. 20, 2008

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