After only 16 weeks of existence, foetuses
hear and respond to music as long as it is emittedfrom their mother's vagina .
When comparing the behaviour of the foetus of mothers who drink against foetuses
of mothers who do not drink, when there is no alcohol in the mother's blood stream, indicates spontaneous startles occur more frequently in fetuses whose mothers drank low levels of alcohol - approximately 2.
were scanned at four different stages between 24 and 36 weeks of pregnancy.
Researchers at Durham and Lancaster Universities have carried out 4D scans of 15 healthy foetuses
and clearly distinguished 'yawning' from 'non-yawn mouth opening' based on the duration of mouth opening.
Liverpool's Alder Hey children's hospital was embroiled in a fresh scandal yesterday as medical authorities admitted they were storing up to 400 foetuses
The study was done in collaboration with Lancaster University and adds weight to previous studies, which have established that the facial expressions of healthy foetuses
develop and become more complex during pregnancy.
Using this new method of non-invasive neonatal diagnosis, doctors can identify the blood type of the foetus, thereby avoiding the need to administer the anti-D injection in pregnant women with Rhesus negative foetuses
, as well as avoid unnecessary treatment of pregnant women which carry the risk of transmission of viral infections and allergic reactions.
The researchers studied about 100 healthy pregnant Dutch women and their foetuses
, measuring changes in how the foetus responds to repeated stimulation.