What protects the baby inside the womb-is it the amniotic fluid?

Yes, the amniotic fluid acts as a 'buffer' to protect the baby from knocks, bumps etc. It lies between the baby, wall of the womb and placenta. Amniotic fluid allows baby to move, developing his or her limbs and growing the lungs too. The umbilical cord connects baby to the placenta, and the cord usually floats freely in the amniotic fluid.

How the placenta works
Where the placenta adheres to the womb wall, it consists of very fine blood vessels that contain fetal blood. These are enveloped by pools of the mother''''s blood and this is where fluids, nutrients, and gases are exchanged.

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