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Is it true that when we are a baby in our mothers womb, that we are actually breathing in water?

Asked by babaji (1440points) April 16th, 2010

the baby is in water in the womb, breathing without any problem, upon being born the baby is able to go through the transformation to breathing in air instead of water. if this is true then why can’t we jump into the water and go through the reverse transformation, and start breathing in the water? No one seems to be able to do it,
everyone seems to drown. But still, it seems like it could be possible….,if the baby can do it…., i’m probably missing something somewhere here huh?

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MayBear's avatar

a baby doesnt take its 1st breath until after delievered.

AstroChuck's avatar

You’re not breathing in anything. Your lungs don’t begin working until birth. Everything the baby needs it gets from its mother via the umbilical cord, including oxygen.

earthduzt's avatar

It’s not quite water, it amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid contains several different proteins, urea, lipids, carbohydrates and phospholipids. The fetus continually inhales this fluid and that is what makes the fetus’s lungs actually develop normally. During the late stage of pregnancy the fluid is actually made up mostly of fetal urine. Pretty complicated but wonderful stuff.

AstroChuck's avatar

Removed by me due to redundancy because of the above post.

Flair's avatar

Nerds and brain child^ have given you the answer. Breathing in water is impossible for humans…fetus or adult. Now if the fetus could breath through its skin like an amphibian….the story might turn out differently.

squidcake's avatar

Let me guess…
You’ve watched The Abyss recently?
Where they claim that they can breathe oxygen-rich liquid because that’s what a fetus does in the womb?

That’s a stretch, Mr. James Cameron.

babaji's avatar

@squidcake
never saw that one

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