Amazing 4-D Ultrasound Captures Baby Yawning in the Womb
by Steven Ertelt | London, England | LifeNews.com | 11/22/12 12:27 PM
A British doctor has capture an amazing 4-D ultrasound photo of a baby yawning in the womb. Fetal development pictures like this help people understand exactly what is taking place in an abortion — the destruction of human life.
In past studies, scientists couldn’t tell if unborn babies were merely opening their mouth or yawning. But, as an NPR report indicates, “Nadja Reissland, a researcher at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom, used a more detailed ultrasound technique to get images of fetal faces that could distinguish a true yawn from just an open mouth.”
“They seem to open their mouths widely much less often than they yawn,” Reissland says.
From the report:
What’s more, she found that yawning was common at 24 weeks but then dropped to zero at 36 weeks, according to a report by Reissland and her colleagues in the journal PLOS ONE.
Reissland believes that fetal yawning may somehow help trigger brain maturation, by acting as a kind of self-stimulation for the developing fetus.
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“It could be that yawning is something which you need in order to have a functioning brain, which is a hypothesis,” she says, adding that she would like to compare yawning in healthy fetuses, like the ones she studied, with yawning in fetuses that have medical conditions.