Back when I was pregnant with my son and preparing for our first "meeting" of sorts, I wasn’t really considering what a baby thinks during an ultrasound. If I’m going to be completely honest, I was mostly worried about his general health and well-being (and his sex because, yes, we were a family that was stoked to find that out as early as we could).
Logically, I knew he still had lots of growth and development ahead of him so I was willing to give him a pass on, you know, contemplating the intricacies of the universe, communicating the mysteries of life from the womb and via the work of an ultrasound technician, or simply letting his parents know he was trying to figure out what the hell was going on. I was too busy trying to decipher black lines from more black lines and figuring out if he was healthy or not (with my non-medical background). I think that's standard ultrasound operating procedure for any new mom, right?
Still, now that I’ve had time to process (my son is almost two and a half), I can’t help but realize that there are some aspects to pregnancy that seem normal to us in our fairly-educated society, that probably seem a bit strange to the uninformed and unborn. Imagine if babies could understand ultrasounds. Imagine if they knew they were on display for the world to see (well, technically, there were only a few of us in that room. But by “world,” I mean, “anyone who sees the photos”), while still the size of a small piece of produce. If that were possible, here’s what I think would be going through that baby’s mind: