A pregnant mother was surprised when a 4D scan of her unborn child showed the baby girl smiling at the sound of her big sister’s voice.
Aimee Fagan, 27, from Kirkby, Merseyside, said that she and the sonographer were shocked by the moving image scan of her daughter, who is due to be born in January 12 via a planned Caesarean operation.
She said that she noticed the baby smiling every time her three-year-old daughter, Mollie, talked to her bump during the scan in Liverpool baby scanning centre, Before the Stork.
Aimee, who also has a six-year-old daughter, Macy, said that her baby was hiding at first, but gradually moved when Mollie started talking to her bump. “I went in for the scan and the baby was hiding at first and wouldn’t let us have a look at her. Eventually when she did move, my little one Mollie was talking to my bump and the baby just kept smiling,” she said.
Aimee, who is now 30 weeks pregnant with her third daughter, said they thought it was because of Mollie but then the baby stopped smiling when Mollie was told to ‘stop talking for a minute’.
However, when Mollie started talking again, the baby was grinning again if she recognised her sister. “I hope she’s going to be a smiley baby. My other girls are very happy children, which is nice, and they’re excited about having a sister. Hopefully, her smiling at Mollie means they’ll get along well – until the fighting starts! She must be the happiest baby in Liverpool,” Aimee said.
It was previously thought babies learned to smile after birth by copying their mothers, but some experts now believe babies in the womb exhibit facial expressions.