The Baby's "Water of Life": Amniotic
Amniotic fluid is specially produced
for the baby; it ensures that the organs are prepared
to function after birth. The baby, as it were, practises
with the amniotic fluid to become accustomed to the
outside world by regularly ingesting it. In this way,
its tongue begins to perceive bitter, sweet, salty and
sour tastes. Afterward, the saliva glands begin to function.
The amniotic fluid ingested by the foetus begins to
prepare the intestines for their absorptive function,
and it makes the kidneys function by creating the necessity
for the constant filtration of this same fluid from
the blood. The fluid absorbed from the kidneys is transmitted
back again to the amniotic fluid, without contaminating
it, because the kidneys have the ability, distinct from
their later function, to filter and sterilize the fluid
ingested by the baby. And this fluid, as when you clean
a swimming pool, is continually purified with the help
of a few other fluids.
Without amniotic fluid it is not possible for
a baby to develop in the mother's uterus. This
fluid has been produced flawlessly from the
time of the first human being until today. This
invalidates the claim of the evolutionists that
this development occurred by changes which happened
stage by stage over a period of time.
In the same period along with these developments, digestive
fluids begin to be secreted in the stomach in order
that the digestive system may be fully prepared.40
And the cells in the
baby's newly formed intestines acquire the ability to
distinguish between sugars and salts and later to return
particular waste products to the mother's blood. In
this way, both the intestines and the kidneys are put
into action. The amniotic fluid is ingested by the intestines
of the foetus once every three hours, that is, eight
times a day and is returned to the mother via the blood.
As much fluid as is ingested is released to the pool
of amniotic fluid both from the mother's womb and from
the lungs and kidneys of the foetus where it is produced.
In this way, the amount of this fluid, so vitally important
for the foetus, remains constant. Because of this perfect
system, the digestive system of the foetus is put into
operation without any harm to the foetus.
Synchronized with the growth of the foetus, the amount
of amniotic fluid increases, reaching about 30 ml at
ten weeks, 350 ml at five months, and 1 litre by the
seventh month. At the moment of birth however, the amount
of fluid falls to half a litre.41
The amniotic fluid not only prepares the digestive
system for the post-birth period, but also ensures that
the baby may move more comfortably in the mother's womb.
The foetus floats in this fluid like a rowboat tied
up in a harbour. In this state it can move very securely
in the mother's womb. At the same time, this fluid protects
the foetus from any physical trauma from outside. Pressure
applied on the fluid from any direction is dispersed
equally in every direction protecting the foetus from
any harmful effects. For example, if the mother runs,
the jolts produced have no effect on the baby; it is
like a cork shaken in a container filled with water.
The most perfect protective system possible has been
created for the foetus; every kind of danger has been
foreseen and precautions taken.
The presence of amniotic fluid is also important for
the health of the mother. This fluid fills the whole
womb, so as the foetus grows and gains weight, no pressure
is exerted on the womb itself. If this fluid were not
present, the growing foetus would weigh the uterus down
and the counter-pressure exerted by the uterine walls
would make the normal development of the foetus impossible.
This special fluid provides another vital necessity
for the foetus: a constant temperature. It is known
that fluids distribute heat evenly. The amniotic fluid
is recycled continually and has a constant temperature.
The heat needed for the development of the foetus is
distributed equally in every direction.
If there is a single problem with the production of
this fluid, with its continuous purification or the
adjustment of its volume, the natural development of
the foetus is impaired. For example, if the amount of
amniotic fluid is less than required, or if it is not
present at all, a series of abnormalities begins to
appear. Limbs wither and become deformed, joints fuse,
skin loosens and, because of pressure, the face is deformed.
The most serious problem is that the development of
the lungs is impeded and the baby dies immediately after
TINY HAIRS PROTECTING THE BABY
The baby developing in the
mother's womb is protected by the amniotic fluid.
But if the baby spends too much time in this
fluid, it will suffer damage. But this does
not happen. The baby's body has an excellent
defence against damage by this fluid. In the
fifth month, tiny colourless hairs cover the
baby's body. These hairs remain on the baby's
body for three or four months. Before birth
they cover the baby's body almost completely.
Because of these hairs, the amniotic fluid will
not be able to damage the baby's skin. It it
is clear that the presence of these hairs is a
special precaution taken to protect the baby.
In the development of the baby in the mother's
womb there is no deficiency in any detail. This
system is organized so that no problems will
occur and it is only one of the manifestations
of the limitless creative power of God.
All this shows us that from the first human being until
now, the production of amniotic fluid has continued
flawlessly. Without it, a baby could not develop in
its mother's womb. This fact completely discredits the
evolutionists' claim that development occurs stage by
stage over a period of time. If one single stage in
the creation of a new human being did not occur, for
example, as we said just now, if the production of amniotic
fluid were deficient, birth could never take place and
the human race would never have come into existence.
Therefore, it cannot be claimed that amniotic fluid
began to be produced over a period of time when the
need for it arose. This fluid must exist along with
the baby. It is impossible to claim that such a fluid,
which has such important functions, was formed in a
moment by chance. To say that a complex organism came
to exist in a moment is to say that this organism was
created. It is impossible for chance actions to calculate,
determine needs, to select the things appropriate for
these needs and apply them at the right time and in
the right place.
It is clear that God creates the amniotic fluid and
the systems to which it is connected. He too determines
the amount of amniotic fluid required.
God knows what every female bears and
every shrinking of the womb and every swelling. Everything
has its measure with Him. (Qur'an, 13: 8)
Lux Flanagan, Beginning Life, Dorling Kindersley, London,
1996, p. 64
41. Keith L. Moore, The Developing
Human, W.B. Saunders Company, PA, 1982, p. 126
42. Science et Vie, March 1995, No.190,