What Happens If You Inflate Your Belly Like a Balloon?

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

Inflating your belly like a balloon is dangerous and could cause damage to your internal organs. It can also lead to stomach ulcers, heart disease, bowel obstruction and more. If you have a serious urge to inflate your belly, it’s best to talk to a medical professional about why this is happening.

The most common way to inflate your belly is through a procedure called abdominal wall repair surgery. During this procedure, surgeons make an incision in the abdomen and then pump carbon dioxide gas into your abdomen to inflate it. This allows the surgeon to see your internal structures more clearly and gives them room to work. It’s important to have this procedure done by a qualified, experienced surgeon.

Another way to inflate your belly is by breathing incorrectly. Breathing incorrectly, or what’s called chest breathing, doesn’t use the primary breathing muscle – the diaphragm. When you breathe correctly, your chest rises with inhalation, which makes the lungs expand to take in oxygen and the diaphragm contracts to lower itself with exhalation. This type of breathing is also more difficult for your body to do in the long run, because it uses secondary muscles that tire easily and don’t offer optimal oxygen delivery.

If you have a lung condition, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder or asthma, lying down can put pressure on your lungs and make it harder to inflate. This can cause symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath. It can also make your lungs more sensitive to irritants, such as smoke or pollution, making it even harder to inflate the lungs and get the air you need.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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