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Have you ever felt your baby move and push against your pregnant belly and wondered what in the world he or she was doing in there?
I'm beyond thrilled to introduce you to this video shared by Telegraphic Science and Tech. It is, by far, the coolest thing I've seen about pregnancy in a long while.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the video was obtained using "computer-guided ultrasound technologies," which captured the fetus "fiddling with its umbilical cord, turning its head from side to side and stretching in the mother's womb."
I was a bit confused for a moment or two when the mom's belly seemed to shudder, but apparently that's what it looks like when baby gives us a good hard kick!
The idea behind the advanced technology is to "allow screening of foetal abnormalities in an automated and uniform fashion." Statistically, only half of congenital abnormalities are found at 20 weeks gestation. Combining this technology with more advancements (such as equipment designed to keep images clear even as baby moves about) would allow doctors to note complications earlier than ever.
Eventually, though, I have to imagine this kind of advancement might be available even those who are unconcerned.
My own kids are ages 12 and 10, which means I missed out on 3-D ultrasounds becoming common at doctor's offices. Imagine my surprise when I learned that not only can you now get one at the mall, you can do it at home (if you can afford it)!
I've secretly wished for years that I'd been able to have 3-D ultrasounds of my boys done so I could compare their growing features to their in-the-womb likeness. But wow – after seeing this I would absolutely have loved to have a clip of their in utero activity.
Boggles my mind a bit to think that I'm currently 35, and my mom didn't even have the opportunity to find out my sex until I was born. Kinda makes you wonder what the next 30 or so years might bring for pregnancy.
This post was originally published February 11, 2017. It was updated and republished January 13, 2018.
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