Why aren't babies 9 months old when they're first born?

Lol. Why don't we count how ever many months they were in the the womb? Then continue counting from there..


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Most Helpful Guy

  • Because, for the one hundred and twenty seventh time, what you have in your womb is not called a "baby". The thing in your womb is at best called a fetus. In the earlier stages of pregnancy (during the first 4-5 months of pregnancy), it's called an embryo. Though embryos are technically alive, they can't really be considered living things. Certainly not in the same sense as a baby (or a toddler or a child or a teenager) is a living thing. Embryos are basically just a weird collection of cells. They're also not as pretty as they are made to look on illustrations, they're actually very ugly (ever looked at a ultrasound picture?). But most importantly, they're not capable of surviving independently. Of course you could say that about a newborn baby too but it's not quite the same. You could leave a newborn alone for a day and - though it would be a very mean thing to do - the baby would survive it. An embryo is more like one of your inner organs. If you cut out your liver and leave it on a plate for a day, you can't put it back inside because it will have died off due to the lack of blood circulation. So, it really depends how you define the phrase "it's alive". If you believe that everything that has a functioning heart is alive, you'd have to start counting around the 12th-14th week of pregnancy. However, you should know that the thing you have inside of you after 12-14 weeks still has very little to do with an actual human being. This is why it makes more sense to simply start when the fetus is actually born and thus becomes a baby.

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What Guys Said 8

  • Maybe because we celebrate BIRTHdays and not conception days.

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  • Because they are not on their own while gestating. Once born, they have to feed and pee and poo and breathe all on their own. While gestating, they are not independent, nor are the outside on their own.

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  • I've wondered the same question for years. Probably because the gov can't own them or babies until they're born.

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  • Because women kill babies

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  • because a birthday is a BIRTHday, not a concievedday. Also it is hard to tell what day someone is conceived, so would you pick? What a headache.

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  • because they are not alive until they leave the womb

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  • Stop it! You're just trying to make me a year older. No!

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  • Because then the pro-choice people would have to admit that unborn babies are actually alive.

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What Girls Said 3

  • That's actually a good point

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  • Thats the whole argument of when does life begin...

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  • Because the count starts at birth.

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