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Babies smile over carrots and scowl over kale inside the womb

Fetuses in the womb scowled after their mothers ate kale but smiled after they ate carrots, according to a new study of around 100 pregnant women and their fetuses in England.

The study offers a rare look at how fetuses respond to flavors in real time.

The researchers gave the participating women capsules containing powdered versions of the two foods. Thirty-five women consumed the equivalent of one medium carrot, and 34 women consumed the equivalent of 100 grams of chopped kale. The remaining 30 women didn't consume either.

Twenty minutes later, ultrasound scans showed that most of the fetuses exposed to the kale flavor seemed to grimace, while most exposed to the carrot appeared to be laughing. The control group, meanwhile, didn't have the same responses.

"We are the first ones who could actually show on an ultrasound scan the facial expressions in relation to the food which the mother has just consumed," said Nadja Reissland, a co-author of the study and the head of the Fetal and Neonatal Research Lab at Durham University.

Previous research has shown that the amniotic fluid surrounding a fetus can have different smells or flavors depending on a pregnant person’s diet.

A 2001 study also found that infants who were exposed to the flavor of carrots through amniotic fluid or breast milk showed fewer negative facial expressions in reaction to carrot-flavored cereal than infants who hadn't had those previous exposures. But the study examined the infants' responses only outside the womb.

The fetuses in the new research were at 32 to 36 weeks’ gestation. (An average pregnancy lasts 40 weeks from the last menstrual period.)

An image from the FETAP (Fetal Taste Preferences) study showing a grimacing reaction to kale flavor.Fetal and Neonatal Research lab, Durham University

The ultrasound images suggest reactions similar to those of kids or adults who taste something bitter, Reissland said, but it's not known whether fetuses actually experience emotions or dislikes in a similar manner.

The grimaces in the ultrasounds "might be just the muscle movements which are reacting to a bitter flavor," Reissland said.

She added, however, that fetuses are known to make facial expressions.

"If you look at it from 24 to 36 weeks’ gestation, their expressions become more and more complex," Reissland said.

Dr. Daniel Robinson, an associate professor of neonatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, who wasn’t involved in the new research, similarly cautioned that people shouldn’t interpret the ultrasound images as showing the fetuses' happiness or distaste.

He noted, however, that "there is the notion that newborns and infants will have a preference for sweeter flavors, and there are evolutionary ideas behind that."

In designing the new study, Reissland and her team chose powdered kale and carrots over juices or raw vegetables for a few reasons. For one, powder made it easier to ensure that each participant consumed the same number of calories. (The women were also asked not to consume anything containing carrots or kale on the day of the scan.)

Reissland said the capsules were also used because some pregnant women couldn't stand the flavor of kale, and the researchers were worried that their negative reactions would influence the fetuses' responses.

"I had a number of people in the lab, and I tried to give them a kale juice to drink, and you should have seen the expressions," Reissland said.

Third, the capsules helped prevent the flavor from getting too diluted while it was being processed in the body.

"The bitter flavor gets into the small intestines and then into the mother’s blood and then into the placenta and the amniotic fluid," Reissland said. "This process seems to take around 20 minutes, and what you then get is a specific reaction of the fetuses to that flavor."

Reissland thinks her study could improve our understanding of how exposure to flavors in the womb affects eating habits later in life. If a fetus repeatedly tastes kale in the womb, for instance, that baby may be more likely to tolerate — or even enjoy — the flavor once it starts eating solid food.

Robinson said scientists have already found that exposure to different types of foods in the first few months of life "can help with willingness or acceptance of foods later in infancy. "

"Diet during pregnancy is really important and influential on the health of not just the developing fetus, but the future for that child," he said.

Mothers who have healthy diets while they are pregnant may also find that their babies are less fussy eaters, Reissland said.

"If we can actually get [children] to like green vegetables and to perhaps not like sweets that much, it might help with regard to their weight gain and their weight balance," she said.

Aria Bendix

Aria Bendix is the breaking health reporter for NBC News Digital.

40 Hilarious GIFs Of Babies That Prove They're Total Comedians


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by Kristin Manna

Not only are babies cute AF, they have quite the sense of humor. The best thing is they have no idea how funny they are. It could be because babies have no filters, and they're so new to the world that everything they do is just too adorable. So adorable, in fact, that parents started making hilarious baby GIFs to showcase just how silly their little ones really are.

Whether it's a baby sleeping in a funny position, sneezing up some spaghetti, or even dancing (I mean come on, who doesn't love a dancing baby?), we know that kids do the cutest things. Doesn't matter what they're doing, because as long as a baby is doing it people go nuts. Right? No one thinks you're cute when you spit up peas, but if a baby does it, it kills.

Thankfully, parents these days film their kids 24/7, which means plenty of opportunities to catch them in the act. You can save these videos until they're all grown up to embarrass them at some future holiday dinner, send them to America's Funniest Home Videos, or you can even take it a step further and make that priceless moment into a GIF. Who knows? Maybe it'll go viral (talk about embarrassing your kid).

In the meantime, before you go turning your kid into an internet sensation, check out some of these hilarious babies GIFs that will not only make you laugh, but warm your heart too.


Hair Play

TFW your hair just won't do what you want it to do. Don't worry, kid — in a few years that hair's gonna be long enough to rock all sorts of crazy styles. For now, baby clips it is.


So Many Smooches

Aw, these guys are bonded for life. I bet this little one didn't expect to get such a big kiss in return. Can you say unbelievably adorable?


Sneeze Attacks

This poor little one woke himself up by sneezing. Hey buddy, we've all been there. Though I can safely say we're not as cute doing it.


Silly Spaghetti

"Don't put that in your nose," is a line you'll hear yourself repeating endlessly for the next few years. Good to know sometimes things don't end up in their noses on purpose.


All The Right Moves

Is this kid not the perfect wedding date? This tiny dancer has some serious moves for a toddler. Please, little master, teach us your ways.


Brain Freeze Fun

At some point or another, everybody learns the hard way what happens when you sip way too much cold stuff way too fast: a terrible brain freeze. I feel this kid's pain.


What Sorcery Is This?

Nothing is cuter than watching your little one experience such wonders of life as an automatic garage door for the first time. The simplest things surprise them. Just wait, there's more to come.


Twinning Is Winning

Parents of twins know the special power that multiples seem to have: Twice the cuteness, obviously. (And twice the sneezes!)


Lights Out

Most babies can fall asleep anywhere, even in the middle of laughing. Oh, the joys of being too young to experience insomnia.


The Gas They Pass

Whose kid hasn't done this? This flatulent fellow had the most fun when his parents put powder on his bum, making this GIF feel like a cartoon come to life.


Feeling Themselves

If you're in need of inspiration, scroll through some GIFs of kids who are living their best life. This mini mover and shaker is a great example for anyone who needs to learn how to love themselves and let go.


Target Practice

That's some aim, kid! Parents know the feeling of suddenly being covered in vomit all too well. Whether your'e cleaning it off your child or your own self, it's a reality you can never get away from.


Snuggle Buddies

Pets and kids love napping together (and they don't care whose bed they're in).


Spin Cycle

So what if your baby is too small for rollercoasters? This little daredevil is having a blast. (Let's hope it didn't end with vomit.)


Sour Surprises

They say you should always be introducing your kids to new kinds of foods, but I think this little guy is done with lemons for life.


Boss Baby

Kids rule the world. So, let them speak their minds, even if you have no idea what they're saying.


Boy Band

Quick, someone gets these babies on MTV! Wait, does MTV even have music anymore? Either way, these talented tots are destined for stardom.


Try, Try Again

Doesn't something about this GIF remind you of a cat? Like babies, they drive themselves nuts when a mysterious object is in their face. (Though a cat would have pounced on that spoon in a second, TBH.) Hand-eye coordination skills don't come easy.


Play Hard

It looks like someone's dad has been watching a lot of Pokemon. Whether they're acting out a video game or a superhero movie sequence or a Star Wars scene, dads are just big kids at playtime.


Splish Splash

It's kind of gross when you think about it, but kids love drinking from garden hoses. Whaddya gonna do?


So Close, But So Far Away

What an adorable, yet cruel, game to play. Still, at least this kid isn't running through the sliding door. What a great way to teach them that they can't just walk through to the other side.


All Downhill

You want your kid to be safe, but... look how much fun he's having! Hey, this is probably the only time in their lives where they'll enjoy taking the stairs. So let them enjoy it for now.


Young Love

Okay, maybe the love here is one sided, but that's what makes this GIF even cuter. This pup should have played hard to get.


Messy Mess

Talk about a waste of baby powder. These parents would be better off getting this kid his own fog machine, because this is a little director is the making for sure.


Do You Lift Bro?

"I'm the king of the world!" Well, of the playroom, that is. Looks like there a new Rock in town.


Who Took My Cookie?

Poor guy doesn't even know what hit him. One minute he has a cookie, and the next? That bunny sure is quick. I bet Easter will be this baby's least favorite holiday.


Dizzy Dude

How has this kid not thrown up yet? Ah, if only you could go back in time and run around in circles without getting the worst headache of your life.


New Phone, Who Dis?

Someday, you'll be begging your kid to put down her phone. Right now, it's still cute.


Sister Love

Kids are no-nonsense. If they want something, they go for it. Even if that means pushing their sister out of a moving car.


Scream For Ice Cream

Grown-ups love ice cream, too, but kids love ice cream. I want to be on whatever level this kid is on.


I Spy

Cue James Bond music. When you've got a mini secret agent on your hands, it's time for a new baby bed.


Jiggle Joy

It's really not fair that adults aren't allowed to delight in the joy of a jiggling belly like these babies. Tight abs are overrated.


All The Feelings

In just moments, a baby's face can express almost every emotion. (The most helpful is learning which one is their poop face.)


Tagging Along

This kid has some junk in her trunk (and by "junk" I mean an adorable puppy). Thank goodness diapers provide a soft cushion for falls.


(More) Sour Surprises

Once again, letting your kids try new foods is important... mostly because of those faces they make.


Tell It Like It Is

I don't know what's cuter: This baby's face, or his hair. Either way, he's not about to fake a smile for you. If you're looking for a real, honest opinion, you should probably consult a baby.


Rocking Out

You can tell this kid is going to be a future rock star. Just look at his rhythm! All you need are the right toys to bring out your child's inner metal head.


Classic Poop Face

While toddlers can get sneaky about what's going on in their diapers, babies don't have the skills to keep their poop on the down low (especially if they get a little red-faced in the process).


Sliding Dirty

When life is so simple, sliding on the floor feels like a thrill. Plus, who needs to mop when your kid can crawl around in pajamas? This is killing two birds with one stone.


GIFs "Passion". Stormy kisses, hugs, fire of love.

  • 09/07/2017
  • GIFs, Kisses

Passion is when you simply “rip off the roof” from the desire to possess a person here and now. When both of you are burning with desire, and cannot deny yourself the fulfillment of it. It’s not so easy to convey the fullness of this feeling in a GIF, but we tried. Where passions seethe, the skin boils from kisses, hugs squeeze bodies, and nails scratch the back, there are our Passion GIFs. We have already collected a selection of gif-animations with passionate kisses. This compilation will be even hotter.

How to download GIFs

  • Click on a GIF to play it.
  • Click on it with the right mouse button, or hold it with your finger if you are on the Internet from a mobile device.
  • In the window that appears, click "Save as ...".
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Tender passion between a guy and a girl.

Passionate kiss by the light of live fire

The guy hugs the girl with strong arms on the slender back

The guy removes the girl's dark hair from her face and kisses her passionately

Couple love games

Passionate kiss of a guy and a girl at a party

The girl rolls her eyes at the pleasant caresses of the guy

Boy and girl passionately kissing in bed, something will happen soon!

The girl surrenders to the power of passion, enveloping her and the guy

Do you like kissing in the sea? When water caresses the body, and then a kiss

The guy was overcome with desire at the sight of a half-naked girl

A rain-soaked couple kisses when they get home

Passion on the hood of a car in the rain

Bits of burning passion from just one night of a beautiful couple

The couple kisses under the fall of festive sequins, as if in a dream

A bearded guy kisses a pretty brunette lying on her back

Passion suddenly came on and the couple barely managed to reach the bed

Girl Initiated Kiss

The guy gets up to kiss his beauty

Gentle and passionate kiss in the sauna

A guy with a sword tattoo on his side threw a girl on the bed

Passionate kiss in water

Desire girl hurriedly undresses handsome guy

Passion is to hug his buttocks with a leg

A beautiful couple kissing against the backdrop of a city at night

A girl, filled with passion, kisses a guy on the stomach.

Passionate scenes in a couple's bedroom.

The guy passionately kisses the girl and in a fit of passion turns her over.

The girl pulls the tie out of the guy's shirt and knocks him down on the bed. And what happened next - a secret!

A girl jumps on a guy during a passionate kiss.

The girl jumps on the guy and they all jump onto the bed together.

A girl is being undressed by a passionate guy in front of the bed.

Before we only had black and white gifs. But this one does not need any additional distraction in the form of a black-and-white filter. She is full of passion even in this form.

Another kiss in the rain.

The man passionately kisses the girl on the neck, hugs her hand.

Mr and Mrs Smith are one of the most passionate couples in the world of cinema.

The girl runs her hand passionately over the man's abs

A girl throws a glass from the table during a passionate embrace with a guy.

A man passionately bites a woman on the back.

The dress fell victim to passion.

Passionate kiss of an indecisive guy and a girl with very big and beautiful eyes.

The couple's passionate intimacy is captured in this GIF.

Bedtime scene from the famous series "Friends"


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Crying while eating - Pediatrics - 29.02.2016


anonymous, Woman, 29years old

Child 3, 5 months old, every feeding after a minute, the stomach starts to hurt, was on guards, I thought I would transfer to the mixture everything will work out, no, he eats 40 g and his stomach hurts, the rest is only in a dream up to 60 g, nothing more, after eating the stomach also hurts, gas, farts and cries during farts, the anus is red, in the analysis for candida dysbacteria 10 to 4, clostridia 10 to 4, lactobacilli 10 to 7, bifidobacteria 10 to 7, there are no more deviations, gaining weight poorly, 1 month 800, 2 months 600, 3 months 500, I'm afraid we won't get it at 4. While taking Diflucan, it got better, but a terrible allergy appeared, my daughter began to eat and gain weight, the drug was canceled, everything started again, help with advice, stool 1 time per day , clearly in the morning, the first portion is hard with greens, the second portion is mushy yellow, we eat a mixture of frisopre. We take normoflorins all the time. Please give an answer, can Candida prevent the child from eating calmly, there is no lactase deficiency.

Aizikovich Boris Leonidovich answers


There is no food better for a child than mother's milk!!! Now we need to understand and think what is happening. Examine the child, show the gastroenterologist, if it's real, return breastfeeding

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