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How does baby breathe in your pregnant tummy

It’s such a simple question, yet it’s totally reasonable to wonder: Is your baby breathing in your pregnant belly? The answer is: No — at least not like you think he is. When the baby is inside of the womb, his lungs are filled with amniotic fluid. This amniotic fluid is what helps develop lungs. During the third trimester, there may be times when your baby looks like he is breathing, but this is “practice baby breathing”.

Prenatal baby breathing

While your baby is in your stomach he receives all their nutrients through the umbilical cord, which includes oxygen and food. There may be times when it looks like your baby is actually breathing, and he may be — but just not the same way we do. It’s really just the amniotic fluid that it’s going in and out of his little lungs.

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