• Question: when you get butteflies in your stomach what actually is it?

    Asked by katiewilliams to David, Jonathan, Pete, Sam on 20 Jun 2012.
    • Photo: Pete Etchells

      Pete Etchells answered on 20 Jun 2012:

      Great question! You can get butterflies in your stomach for a number of different reasons (like if you’re in love, or if you’re nervous about something), but it all happens in basically the same way. When an emotional response to something is triggered, it releases adrenaline into your system as part of the flight or fight response. This has the effect of diverting blood away from your stomach to more vital areas, such as the heart or limb muscles, and in turn gives you a fluttery sensation!