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Doctor insights on: How Does An Unborn Baby Breathe In The Womb

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Does an unborn baby hear music while he is in the womb?

Does an unborn baby hear music while he is in the womb?

Yes!: Yes, babies in the womb can hear voices and music after about the 18th week of pregnancy. A very enjoyable experience for expectant parents is for both mom and dad to read to the baby. It familiarizes the baby with your voices, and it's fun for mom and dad too. ...Read more

Uterus (Definition)

The uterus is a muscular organ in a woman's pelvis where the the fertilized egg attaches ...Read more


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Can methadone cause my unborn baby to have less movement while in the womb?

Can methadone cause my unborn baby to have less movement while in the womb?

Yes: Almost any medication passes through the placenta and into the baby. Methadone is an opiate, and a major side effects is sedation. It can make you and your baby less active, lethargic, and many other side effects. Does your OB know you are on maethadone? ...Read more

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Can my unborn baby catch a virus or disease in the womb if I work in a children's hospital?

Can my unborn baby catch a virus or disease in the womb if I work in a children's hospital?

Depends: If your immunizations are up to date the major risk to pregnant women in hospital would likely be cmv. To acquire this one would have to have contact with blood or other bodily secretions intimately. You didn't say what you did in hospital or how close you are to patients, and if close, what types of patients. The risk is probably very very small. ...Read more

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Can castor oil cause my unborn baby to have her first poop in the womb? I'm 2 hours and 15 minutes from being 40 weeks.

Can castor oil cause my unborn baby to have her first poop in the womb? I'm 2 hours and 15 minutes from being 40 weeks.

No.: Castor oil does not cause the baby to pass meconium. But why would you be taking it? It has been suggested that it may start labor, but this is not true. It will only give you diarrhea and make you miserable, so I would advise against it. Talk to your OB. ...Read more

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How can a baby's heart beat if he doesn't breathe when it is inside the womb?

How can a baby's heart beat if he doesn't breathe when it is inside the womb?

Motherf Nature: The baby is provided with oxygenated blood from the mother through the umbilical cord. He/she does not need lungs at this stage, only after birth. ...Read more

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When a baby is in its mother's womb, how do the lungs breathe?

When a baby is in its mother's womb, how do the lungs breathe?

They don't: The lungs never inflate in the womb. They are at rest & compact like a dry sponge before it absorbs water. At birth the baby gasps forcefully, filling the lungs with air & it begins doing the work of gaining oxygen. The placenta, which did the work before can be clamped. ...Read more

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Could human babies breathe in amniotic fluid?

Could human babies breathe in amniotic fluid?

They sometimes do: Infants sometimes have amniotic fluid in their mouth which can get sucked into their lungs at delivery. The OB makes an effort to clear the nose & mouth after the head is delivered, but if baby comes out rapidly that may not be possible. This material can trigger rapid breathing & a trip to the nicu for a few days as it can act identical to pneumonia. Most do well with treatment. ...Read more

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Can a fetus survive without a heart I went to the doctor today and he said that my baby has a hole n her heart and that it wasn't a heart murmer because people can't be born with a heart murmer and that a fetus doesn't need a heart to survive n the womb

Can a fetus survive without a heart I went to the doctor today and he said that my baby has a hole n her heart and that it wasn't a heart murmer because people can't be born with a heart murmer and that a fetus doesn't need a heart to survive n the womb

Talk to MD: A fetus cannot survive without a heart, but that is not your problem. The doctor is describing a condition where there is a hole in the heart. This can be several things, and so you need to have along talk with your doctor about what this means for your baby. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a way for a woman whose womb was removed for medical reasons to have biological babies?

Is there a way for a woman whose womb was removed for medical reasons to have biological babies?

Takes $$/effort: If the woman's ovaries remain, these can be stimulated to make eggs. At the appropriate time these can be removed and placed in storage. The fathers sperm are added to create embryos which can then be placed in a a surrogate woman who carries the pregnancy.This requires a fertility center with the technical skill and local /national laws that permit the procedure. It is not always successful. ...Read more

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If a fetus dies in the womb will u know it?

If a fetus dies in the womb will u know it?

Non-viable Pregnancy: Not necessarily. The body does take care of this commonly, but at times the demise of the fetus is discovered by the ob. ...Read more

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Describe please development of fetus in the womb?

Describe please development of fetus in the womb?

See below: That an impossible task since we have 400 characters only. Obtain a textbook on embryology. ...Read more

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Do Down syndrome babies grow at a smaller rate in womb?

Do Down syndrome babies grow at a smaller rate in womb?

No: They tend to grow at a pretty normal rate prior to birth. Deficiencies in linear growth will eventually occcur in the average ds kid as they grow older. However, some maintain a relatively normal rate of growth, dependingg on other factors affecting their health. ...Read more

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If a fetus dies in the womb would you know it? Can it stay in there w no action or will your body know something is wrong and expell it?

If a fetus dies in the womb would you know it? Can it stay in there w no action or will your body know something is wrong and expell it?

Both: Can happen. Usually the fetus will be expelled. This is a spontaneous abortion. If there is a delay, then this called a missed abortion. The second type may require a d and c. ...Read more

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Do babies play or just stretch in the womb?

Do babies play or just stretch in the womb?

Hard to say: I cannot think of any way to study the issue. ...Read more

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Do babies cry in d womb?

Do babies cry in d womb?

No: To cry you need air passing over vocal cords. This is not possible until the baby is born and breathing. ...Read more

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Can having gum problems hurt the fetus in the womb?

Can having gum problems hurt the fetus in the womb?

Yes, low birth weigh: Medical studies have shown repeatedly that expectant mothers who have untreated gum disease give birth to lower weight babies. Obviously, something about the gum disease causes that, but it is not known specifically. If your obstetrician oks it, go ahead and get your gum disease treated and help your fetus (baby)! ...Read more

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Womb (Definition)

The womb is the inside of the uterus ...Read more