Sign in
Download Opera News App

Relationships Parenting Wedding





Why It's Not Scientifically Possible for a Baby to Remain in Mother's Womb for 8 Years

One Ngozi Stephens shared a testimony on Facebook on how an unidentified woman was delivered of a bouncing baby boy after allegedly being pregnant for 8 years.

She shared the testimony to show how good God is. To me, the testimony sounds too good to be believed.

How is this possible? Has this ever happened before? As far as records are concerned , it has not been documented that it had ever happened before.

If it is true, it must be the first time that it had happened.

A close look at the picture of baby reveals that the baby looks like a normal 9-month-baby.

The question is: did the baby stop growing in the mother's womb after 9 months?

Scientifically, can a baby stay alive in the mother's womb for 8 years?

According to scientists, a normal, healthy pregnancy can last until 42 weeks. That is, 14 days after 40 weeks.

Term is considered to be anywhere between 37 and 42 weeks. So any baby born within that range would be considered to be full-term.

There are some increased risks to the baby in pregnancies that continue beyond 42 weeks, and it is for this reason that midwives and obstetricians will recommend an induction sometime between 41 and 42 weeks. In practice, this tends to be around 10 days after the due date.

Many hospitals will recommend a test called a CTG at around 41 weeks – this stands for cardiotocography and is the electronic measurement of the foetal heart rate and uterine contractions.

Other hospitals will recommend an ultrasound. Both of these tests can be used to reassure you that all is well with your baby and that it is safe for your baby to be born at around ten days past your due date.

The reason that midwives and obstetricians are reluctant to induce for reasons other than medical necessity is that a number of inductions will lead to a caesarean, and this can create immediate problems for the mother and baby, and also problems in subsequent pregnancies. It’s also true that women tend to have shorter, less painful labours when we wait for labour to start on its own.

Most hospitals will not allow a pregnancy to go past 40 weeks and 10 days for this reason before they induce. Some hospitals will allow you to continue with careful monitoring to 42 or 43 weeks.

42 weeks is the longest that it is considered to not be a risk to the baby or mother. After that you have two things that can happen with increasing risk; the baby can grow too big to birth normally, or the placenta can detach without going into labor and the baby may die.

This is why mothers are typically induced shortly after their due date, or may have a Cesarean delivery.

The longest pregnancy recorded was 375 days. However this was measured by the mother's last period, and there is not a record of if she could have skipped a period or had longer cycles (as some of us do).

What is your opinion on this? Is it possible for a baby to stay in the mother's womb for 8 years and still remain a baby?

Content created and supplied by: timashem (via Opera News )

Ngozi Stephens


Load app to read more comments