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10 Amazing Facts About Belly Buttons That You Never Knew

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I bet you haven't thought about your belly button too much. Aside from making sure you keep it clean and whether you have an "innie" or "outie," the belly button tends to fall to the wayside when it comes to parts of our body that require attention.

Little did you know that belly buttons are strangely fascinating and there are some fast facts you should know about this unique part of the human body.

1. Your belly button is your first scar.

The belly button is formed from scar tissue that was left over from when the umbilical cord that joined you and your mother's placenta was cut. After you were separated, the stump that was left behind fell off, leaving you with your belly button.

2. Only 10% of people have "outies."

Belly buttons start out as "outies" and most pop in to form "innies." For 10% of the population, this never happens.

3. Your belly button type is determined inside the womb

Whether you have an innie or outie depends on how the skin grows around the cord inside the womb. If your skin folds in or out to make an innie or outie, this happens during the healing process.

4. A pregnant woman's belly button can change

As her womb expands, often it can turn a woman's belly button from an innie to an outie. This can be an uncomfortable process in the first pregnancy, since the skin is very sensitive, but desensitizes over time.

5. Plastic surgeons can do boob jobs through the belly button.

The only scar left behind from the surgery is inside the belly button so there are no marks on the breasts like with traditional augmentation.

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