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Babies Are Womb Poopers
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Babies poop anywhere they please and that includes inside your body. After all, the spend nine months in the womb and they're not just kicking and listening to Mozart in there. The fetuses, gentle reader, are pooping in their own amniotic fluid.

A 2003 study actually observed the anuses of 240 fetuses sonographically between weeks 15 and 41 of gestation. The researchers detected one or more defecations in every single test subject, especially during week 28 and 34 of gestation. We even have a name for this crap: meconium.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.