I’ll never forget my first ultrasound that confirmed I was expecting twins: I was nervous-laughing so hard that my belly was jiggling around and my doctor could barely get a picture! It was certainly an unforgettable moment, and a crazy one, and a joyful one.
Well, one viral video shows just how emotional the surprise can be. In this case, the expecting mama is 20 weeks into her third pregnancy (which was already a surprise). She brought sister along for the experience.
In the video, posted to YouTube (with a 43-second clip showing just the highlights on Rumble), the camera focuses on the sister’s eyes as she follows the moving pictures on the screen. She seems genuinely thrilled.
Then, we watch as her eyes start to register what she’s seeing: “Are those two?” she suddenly asks, mouth agape. Then “Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god!” she screams over and over, while covering her mouth with glee and shock. “I was thinking those were two heads!”
Then she delivers the best line in the clip: “Can I have one?! Can I have a baby?!”
Watch the vid here and just try not to smile. How cute is this woman, and can she be my twins’ auntie too?!
This little one is already an internet sensation and is still in the womb! Mom-to-be Jen Cardinal posted her 14 week ultrasound video on Youtube yesterday, and I promise it’s not like any ultrasound you’ve seen before. The unborn baby is actually clapping!
Although the baby did not actually clap seven times like the video shows, “the experience is one I’ll never forget, the baby clapped three times, then the doctor rewound and scrubbed it while we sang,” Cardinal added in a Youtube comment. “No mystery. It was amazing.”
The pair chose to sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It”—an appropriate choice. Cardinal’s unbelievable video already has more than 100,000 views.
Caitlin St John is an Editorial Assistant for Parents.com who splits her time between New York City and her hometown on Long Island. She’s a self-proclaimed foodie who loves dancing and anything to do with her baby nephew. Follow her on Twitter:@CAITYstjohn
We all know that smoking during pregnancy is an absolute no-no for baby’s health. But a new study is literally putting a face to the statistics.
The new research from Durham University as well as Lancaster University and Nadja Reissland, M.D., includes 4-D ultrasound images of fetuses whose mothers smoke compared against nonsmokers’.
It turned out that the unborn babies of the smoker group touched their faces more, which can indicate delayed development. And they also moved their mouths more, which is an action that would be expected to decline during normal development, according to the authors.
And as the pregnancies went on, the differences between the two groups became even more pronounced.
However, the good news is that the babies in the study, which was published in the journal Acta Paediatrica, were all eventually born healthy.
The study’s authors hope to use the images as an educational tool for mothers-to-be in the future, who might be more inclined to stop smoking after seeing the scans.
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Co-author Brian Francis wrote, “Technology means we can now see what was previously hidden, revealing how smoking affects the development of the fetus in ways we did not realize. This is yet further evidence of the negative effects of smoking in pregnancy.”
Because I was expecting twins, my pregnancy was automatically labeled “high risk.” And as such, I had about a gazillian ultrasounds. Like most parents-to-be, my husband and I looked forward to these doctor visits as a chance to see our babies growing inside — and as a way to bring home another cute fridge pic too! (That’s an image from our 12-week visit.)
Ultrasound images are super common, of course, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says they’re completely OK when prescribed by a doctor. But the agency also now specifies explicitly that ultrasounds should only be used when recommended by a doctor—and not just to generate keepsake images or videos.
“Although there is a lack of evidence of any harm due to ultrasound imaging and heartbeat monitors, prudent use of these devices by trained health care providers is important,” says FDA biomedical engingeer Shahram Vaezy in a report on the agency’s website. “Ultrasound can heat tissues slightly, and in some cases, it can also produce very small bubbles (cavitation) in some tissues.”
Fetal keepsake videos are especially controversial because they may be done over a long period of time (as much as an hour), and they provide only the souvenir and not any medical benefit—it’s strictly a commercial pursuit.
The agency says that the long-term effects of tissue heating and cavitation are unknown—and that’s why ultrasounds should not be performed frivolously.
Tell us: Did you (or would you) have any keepsake ultrasound images made?
This unbelievable story will touch your heart: Jenna Gassew and Dan Haley, a young couple living in Pennsylvania, is making sure their unborn son gets to experience a bucket list of fun adventures before his birth on October 12. The reason? Their baby was diagnosed with an incurable birth defect, one that lowers his chances of survival.
After slipping on some black ice two months into her pregnancy, Gassew went to the doctor’s office, where she found out her baby had anencephaly, a rare birth defect where a baby is born without parts of the front brain and skull; CDC statistics list 1 in 4,859 babies as being born with anencephaly each year. The young mom and dad learned about the diagnosis two days before their fourth wedding anniversary.
Even with the probability that their baby would die shortly after birth, Gassew and Haley decided against an abortion and relied on the strength of their Catholic faith. They set out to create a list of things and places they wanted Shane to experience.
Along the way, friends, family, and readers who have been touched by the couple’s journey have showed tremendous support (the page currently has over 97,000 likes) and posted encouraging messages. Responding to the outpouring of love, Gassew and Hale wrote, “We are truly blessed and forever grateful! Shane will be here in a little over a month and we can’t wait to meet him, but it’s quite clear that he has already had an enormously positive impact on the lives of so many people, and that is a miracle all in itself.”