Pregnancy is a wonderful time.
Sometimes it’s smooth – other times it’s filled with anxiety and doubt – and that’s one of the bigger reasons why mothers-to-be, like you, choose to book pregnancy scans (including the 4D scan) to see how your little one is doing.
While you are pregnant, you’ll often forget that there’s a whole world of wonder and beauty beneath your skin – and it’s having the time of its life!
While you endure the strains and stresses of a changing body – your baby can be curling, kicking, crying, and even smiling as you continue to progress through your pregnancy.
Did you know: Herbs such as garlic and ginger can alter the taste of your amniotic fluid (the liquid surrounding your baby)?
Well, here are 5 captivating ways your baby’s senses are developing as it grows in your womb.
Our favourite is number 5!
What flavour is your Amniotic fluid?
Not quite to the palate of true food connoisseurs – your baby can detect flavour and quite possibly the Nando’s Trio Burger you had yesterday evening.
In evolutionary terms, babies become accustomed to the flavours of food he/she is likely to eat.
Research to support this remarkable find comes from a study named ‘Prenatal and Postnatal Flavour Learning by Human Infants’ featured in the Journal of Paediatrics. 
The study found that infants who had been exposed to the flavour of carrots via the amniotic fluid, exhibited less negative facial expressions during their time in the womb, and preferred to consume carrot-flavoured food after birth, compared to babies’ who were not exposed to carrots.
Food for thought: Based on your last few meals – what flavours has your baby been exposed to?
4D scan shows your baby crying
Recognised as being the fifth and most recently observed behavioural state of a baby in the womb – is the baby’s ‘cry’.
It accompanies four other behavioural states being; 1F (quiet sleep), 2F (active state), 3F (quiet awake) and 4F (active awake) known previously in the medical world.
Although potentially upsetting for parents, it is considered normal for babies to cry when disconcerted by low-decibel noise in their surroundings.
With safety in mind, researchers had used an artificial larynx that emits a very low 100hz and 95Db tone to slightly distress the baby – and found ‘crying’ to be exhibited.
The baby began to initiate exhalation movement, along with the combination of an open mouth and depressed tongue.
A series of augmented breaths followed with short significant breaks in breath to depict ‘crying’. 
Here is a video of the ultrasound imaging scan of the baby “crying” in the womb.
4D scan reveals your baby’s stress signs
What may surprise you is that your baby could be showing signs of stress – when you are.
Research by Durham and Lancaster Universities found babies to touch their faces with their left hand in correlation to the mother displaying signs of maternal stress and frustration, despite most babies being destined to be right-handed.
The findings highlight the significance of mothers needing to relax as often as they can during pregnancy – as failing to can cause unnecessary stress on your baby. 
4D scan shows your baby recognising rhymes
From ‘hickory dickory dock’ to ‘Humpty Dumpty’, your baby can recognise nursery rhymes vividly according to one renowned research study conducted at the University of Florida.
Researchers proposed a test where pregnant women were asked to voice a nursery rhyme, repeating twice to their bellies, for several weeks.
What may come as a surprise to you – babies’ heartbeats slowed down significantly when the rhyme was repeatedly rehearsed and continued to lower when a stranger did the same. 
4D scan shows your baby practising expressions
It’s not just kicking, rolling, and tumbling; your baby has all the time in the world to practise facial expressions.
To study the dynamics of babies’ facial movements, inquisitive researchers at Durham and Lancaster Universities used 4D scans to observe 15 babies between 24 and 36 weeks in gestation.
They found babies develop ‘multi-dimensional’ facial expressions recognised as pain, through the movements of eyebrows, nose and mouth at week 36.
However, babies – yours too! – can develop simple, one-dimensional movements in the form of expressive smiles much earlier, from 24 weeks. 
This is precisely the reason we recommend you take a 4D scan towards week-24 into your pregnancy – and not before.
Want to see what kind of facial expressions your baby exhibits?
With a 4D scan at this is my: baby, you certainly can.
A this is my: baby 4D scan will help you discover more than just wonder and beauty.
You will also receive a FREE health check and a full, detailed report of your baby’s wellbeing and growth measurements for you to add to your obstetric notes.
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