Why do We have a Belly Button?
Maharani Devi Medical Centre
, Bengaluru Feb 22, 2017
A belly button, also called as a navel, is something everyone in the world has! And it is always in the same place on their bodies.
As a baby develops inside the mother, he or she floats in the fluid inside the mother's womb. While the baby is in there, he or she can not inhale or exhale air or eat food. That's where the umbilical cord arrives. The umbilical cord is a flexible tube which carries oxygen and nutrients from the mother to the baby. It also carries wastes away from the baby, back to the mother, so that she can get rid of them. Your belly button indicates the spot where your umbilical cord was once attached.
When a baby is born, he or she lets out a cry. This lets everyone know that the baby can breathe in & out of his or her own. The baby also starts drinking milk soon and getting rid of the wastes on his or her own — anybody who has seen a dirty diaper will tell you!
The new born baby does not need an umbilical cord any longer. The doctor cuts the cord and a tiny stump is left over. When this stump falls off after few weeks, the baby is left with his or her own baby belly button. It can be an innie or an outie — which one do you have?
Innie Belly Button:
Outie Belly Button: