In Nostalgia

Here’s The Real Reason You Have An Innie Or An Outie Belly Button

By Ciara1 on August 12, 2017


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Everyone’s belly buttons are different. Some stick out, some stick in and they come in all different shapes and sizes, but they’re usually referred as innies or outies.

We don’t really think much about our belly button, they hold no purpose, so they’re easily forgotten about.

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But, did you know innies are more common than outies?

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Outies are rarer. Your belly button comes from the severing of the umbilical cord, which generally takes place right after birth.

People think the shape is determined by how loose the cord is cut, but it isn’t that at all.

It’s a result of how the scar tissue forms a couple of days after the baby is born. The remaining bit of the cord usually just dries up and falls off.

The remaining bit of the cord usually just dries up and falls off.

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So anybody out there with an outie button, it just means you had a little extra scar tissue.

But, that isn’t the only factor that can give belly buttons their shape. 

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Umbilical hernias can play a factor in the way belly buttons turn out, did you know?

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If the baby’s stomach muscles haven’t fused in time, it’s possible that the stomach tissue can peek through the muscle fibre which then causes a hernia. (example below)

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Their hernias can poke out when the baby cries or flexes its muscles.

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This does not last long. Typically the hernia is gone by the age of 4, but if this persists a simple surgical procedure can change it.

And while there are a few bunk theories about the cause of either type, we really don’t think much about our belly buttons or how they get their shape.

It turns out that the answers are pretty simple, even if they’re not common knowledge.

If you really do have a problem with yours, it is possible to go and see a surgeon.

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