A new look inside the womb

A new look inside the womb

What has technology wrought? Well, in this case, it has given a look into the womb that refutes the lie that unborn children are only clumps of cells. Using 3D ultrasound, we see pictures of a 12-week-old unborn child “walking” in the womb, and another one yawning.

The images have shown:

  • From 12 weeks, unborn babies can stretch, kick and leap around the womb – well before the mother can feel movement

  • From 18 weeks, they can open their eyes although most doctors thought eyelids were fused until 26 weeks

  • From 26 weeks, they appear to exhibit a whole range of typical baby behaviour and moods, including scratching, smiling, crying, hiccuping, and sucking. Until recently it was thought that smiling did not start until six weeks after birth.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli

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