Belly Buttons and Pregnancy
Does a woman have to have a belly button to have a baby?
Why or why not.
Nope...Interesting...I think your mixing up the order of things. As a
developing baby in the womb, we all are attached to our mothers and draw
nutrients and oxygen through the umbilical cord. When we are born the
umbilical cord is cut and it leaves behind the scar of where it was attached
to our body. It has no direct relationship whatever to do with the ability
to conceive as a grown woman.
No. The woman's belly button has nothing to do with the conception and
development of a fetus within the mother's uterus. A woman who does not have
a belly button for some reason (injury?) can get pregnant and carry a baby.
The baby will have a belly button after it is born because the baby was
connected to the placenta in the uterus by an umbilical cord. Please,
please, please speak to your school nurse or your parent(s) about
No, Bonnie, a woman doesn't need a belly button at all, to have a baby.
But if she has a belly button, it means she once _was_ a baby
in her mother's womb.
(Her mother, of course, was presumably a woman too.
Which is irrelevant but possibly confusing,
in a chicken-and-egg sort of way.)
For a baby to be in a womb, it must have an umbilical cord
to connect it to the wall of it's mother's womb:
to get food, water, air,
and to remove waste-air in the blood and some of the liquid waste.
When the baby is born and is out of the womb,
suddenly the paths all change.
From then on the baby gets food and water thru its mouth and stomach,
and air thru it's lungs, and waste comes out at the other end.
So the umbilical cord is cut off and tied shut.
(Or else it can dry up and fall off naturally. Nature taking care of us....)
The belly button is the stub left over from that umbilical cord,
the point where you once had an attachment to your biological mother.
That's a nice sentiment, but after you're born it doesn't do much,
and if someone invents cosmetic surgery to remove it or cover it over,
I wouldn't be too surprised.
On the other hand, a woman does need a womb (a uterus) to have a baby.
Your belly button is the scar that is left over from where YOU were
attached to YOUR mother. This is where you were attached to your mother by
the umbilical cord. The umbilical cord brought you water and nutrients from
your mother while you were in her uterus. when you were born, the cord was
cut separating you from your mother. The stump of the cord eventually dried
up and fell off leaving your "belly button". The technical name for this is
the umbilicus. If you have a baby, your baby will grow inside and the
umbilical cord will grow between you and the baby inside of you. Then your
baby will get its own belly button after birth. The only way a person would
NOT have a belly button, is if he/she grew completely outside the mother,
which isn't possible-at least not yet!
No, a women doesn't have to have a belly button to have a baby. When a baby
is in the womb, the umbilical cord attaches from the placenta of the mother
to the stomach of the baby. It directly brings in food, oxygen, and other
nutrients for the baby, while it also takes out wastes and carbon dioxide.
When the baby is born it no longer needs the umbilical cord, so it is cut
off and tied. All that is left of it is a little stub which either retracts
into the stomach or sticks out. That stub is what we call our belly button.
A belly button is just a left over skin "wrinkle" from when you had the
umbilical cord attached to you in the womb.
The answer is no. A belly button is not a requirement for a woman to
have a baby. The belly button is the location where the umbilical cord
linked the baby and the mother together during the pregnancy period.
Once the baby is born, the cord is cut and the baby's systems take over.
The stub of cord heals, falls off and the baby is left with a belly
Some of us have innies, and some outies, but its usefulness ended very
early in our lives... except for the collection of stray lint.
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Update: June 2012