Navel Gazing: Innie Or Outie?

04/04/2013 19:00 | Updated 22 May 2015
Child next to mum's pregnant tummy and outie belly buttonRex

Did you get an innie or an outie? How about your children? Do you think your belly button is the cutest thing around or do you hide it away?

Here we find out what makes a belly button one of the rare 10 of the population – or an outie? And are you worried about what that could mean for your child's self image in the future?

I have an innie and, until I fell pregnant, I never gave my belly button much more thought than a quick scrub in the shower. Once my belly had extended beyond what I thought humanly possible I was a little startled at how different it looked when it stuck out. And I am not alone. The belly button has taken off in the public eye once again thanks to new surgical techniques designed to "repair the problem" (if you can be bothered!) and, of course, fashion.

With the rise of the shirt and the drop of the jeans, the belly button is increasingly exposed to the world and many people who have outies feel incredibly self conscious. This type of belly button has long been thought of as unattractive, as something to hide, and yet these cute little bumps are as rare as anything. The statistics state that an outie belly button is only bestowed on somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of the human population.

These little links to our time in our mother's tummies are not technically known by the terms innie and outie either. Doctor

However, the innie is more likely to gather lint, especially if you are a man and prone to hairiness.

Although, according to a recent study undertaken by scientists at North Carolina University, the amount of bacteria that grow in a navel is the same no matter what size or shape your belly button may be, and that not many people remember to wash them.

So perhaps we should be less focused on shape and more aware of keeping our first scar nice and clean instead...

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