Can You Hear Things Other Than A Heartbeat?

Jane ForesterYou can hear your baby's heartbeat through various devices sold on the market today and at your prenatal appointments,...
Jane Forester

You can hear your baby's heartbeat through various devices sold on the market today and at your prenatal appointments, but can you hear any other noises from your baby in the womb? Family Physician Jane Forester explains.


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Your question
Is it possible for the baby to make a noise before birth -- one that the parents can discern?

The expert answers
A baby's lungs are not inflated while the baby's in the womb -- so there is no mechanism by which he could make a sound.

Fetal circulation occurs between the mother and the baby via the umbilical cord, so his lungs don't really come into play until he is delivered and takes that first breath. Overall, it's unlikely that any type of noise emitted through the throat and mouth could be discernable.PregnancyAndBaby.com

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