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Why Do Babies Cry In The Womb? Science Explains

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Your tiny newborn comes into this world crying. But have you ever thought, do babies cry in utero? Heartbreakingly, they do, as proven recently by research. Don’t get too sad, mommy, because what you also need to know is that this is normal, and a part of your baby’s development.

Do babies cry in utero: What do experts say?

New research was conducted at Durham and Lancaster Universities. This research reveals that newborn babies start developing ways to communicate with us when they’re in the womb. And they initially do this through crying.

The studies used ultrasound and detected the grimacing faces of the fetuses. These little ones also displayed complex eyebrow lowering and nose wrinkling. The research included studying the video of 4D scans of eight female and seven male babies in the womb.

Dr Reissland is a senior lecturer at Durham University. According to her, the crying seems to be more related to brain development rather than feelings. But more research is required in this area.

She says: “It is not yet clear whether fetuses can actually feel pain, nor do we know whether facial expressions relate to how they feel. It’s vital for infants to be able to show pain as soon as they are born so that they can communicate any distress or pain they might feel to their carers.”

However, there’s a need to conduct further research to establish a connection between those little crying faces and if they are feeling pain.

Do babies cry in utero: how to communicate with your unborn baby

Indulging in conscious communication with your little one can help you bond with your baby even before they are born. Here are a few useful tips to do this effectively.

1. Reading aloud or speaking to your baby is one of the easiest way to foster verbal communication. Your baby will be able to hear you from as early as 18 weeks if their hearing is developing normally. There are high chances that upon birth, they will recognise your voice.

2. Fun games that include responding to stimuli can also be a great method to develop communication. You can try tapping on your stomach and wait for your baby’s response. They might kick back after your tapping. Retired obstetrician from California, Dr F. Renee Van de Carr shares that babies in the womb learn to respond to a variety of stimuli. That includes touch as well.

3. Music is another extremely effective way to communicate with your unborn child. Playing soft, slow, and soothing music communicates to your baby that you are now going to unwind. Experts share that babies slow down their movements as a response to soft music while loud music can make them kick actively or frequently.

Sources: Pop Sugar, BBC News, Livestrong

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What does a baby do for those nine months in the womb?

When Alexandre Lambert accompanied his wife to an ultrasound scan, he found out exactly what his baby son was up to.

The couple were already delighted watching their little bundle of joy via a standard 2D scan, then 3D stills.

But nothing could prepare them for meeting him via a 4D scan, and they were so excited by what the technology revealed, the also shared it on YouYube.

“First we were amazed by the quality, we had never seen a 4D scan before.

“The first thing I said to my wife was: ‘Wow! He looks so much like your brother!’ Funny, because even now people are still saying that about him!”

A 4D scan shows moving 3D images of an unborn baby (time being the fourth dimension), and are perfect for capturing those movements that are otherwise missed.

Baby Lambert was sleeping at the time of the scan, so Alexandre’s wife was told to move around a bit.

Sander’s little boy in 2D, and pulling a face in 4D! (Image: Alexandre Lambert)

What they witnessed was incredible: “They checked again and he was rubbing his eyes! And pulling a sad face, probably because he didn’t like to be woken up.”

“He still pulls that face when he has to do something he doesn’t want to do, like eating something he doesn’t like.”

But their son wasn’t quite done with his live-action debut: “When he started eating and drinking we, including the person operating the machine, were amazed!”

Alexandre’s son is now almost three, and his parents have shown him the precious footage (although he thinks it’s of his baby brother).

Alexandre remains as awed and impressed today by the magic as he did three years ago.

“It really is an amazing technology. Seeing a little person in there doing all of that makes you realize even more how precious that little fellow inside the belly is.”

The video starts with the ultrasound of the couple’s baby, where you can clearly see the little tyke almost grown to its full size.

Then about at 22 seconds, you can watch the 4-D scan of the child and you can see the serene expression on its face as it snoozes comfortably on its side.

Fast forward to 37 seconds, and you can actually see the little one eating! Now that’s something we bet you’ve never even seen before. You can watch the baby grab a mouthful of the food that comes its way and chew it like a happy little chomper.

At 1:13 minutes, you can watch its little face squirm into a half smile, half annoyance as it just relaxes. Probably the mommy had gulped down a glass of cold water and the little one was not pleased!

At 1:33 minutes, the little one looks fast asleep with its tiny head resting on its little arms.

There’s this precious moment at 2:13 minutes where you can look at the little one rubbing its eyes with the smaller-than-pint-sized fingers.

The video ends with the baby falling back to sleep, which we’re sure can melt the coldest of hearts on this planet.

The next time you have a baby, make sure you get a 4-D scan done. You won’t regret it. Watching their little antics when they are inside you will make you appreciate their theatrics all the more when you finally get to swaddle them.

Source: momjunction.com, mirror.co.uk