08/10/2013 at 10:20
Using 4-d scans psychologists found, for the first time, that foetuses were able to predict, rather than react to, their own hand movements towards their mouths as they entered the later stages of gestation compared to earlier in a pregnancy.
The team of researchers said that the latest findings could improve understanding about babies, especially those born prematurely, their readiness to interact socially and their ability to calm themselves by sucking on their thumb or fingers.
And they said the results could also be a potential indicator of how prepared babies are for feeding.
The researchers carried out a total of 60 scans of 15 healthy foetuses at monthly intervals between 24 weeks and 36 weeks gestation.
Read the article here: http://tyneandwear.sky.com/news/article/84555/revealing-new-pictures-babies-learn-to-anticipate-touch-whilst
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