For the first time scientists at the Institut Marques in Barcelona have shown a fetus is able to detect sounds, and furthermore, that they respond by moving their mouths and tongues.
It is accepted that an unborn baby’s ear is fully developed at week 16 of a pregnancy.
But, until now experts did not believe a fetus could hear until week 18, at the earliest but more commonly nearer 26 weeks.
Dr Marisa Lopez-Teijon, who led the study, said the findings show a fetus responds to music transmitted intravaginally by moving their mouth and tongue, ‘as if they were trying to speak or sing’. (Read more from “Amazing Video Shows Babies ‘SINGING’ in the Womb” HERE)