Sonogram Captures Baby Kicking Outside of Uterus

Yes, you saw that right.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Dec 2016
A sonogram of a baby's foot protruding through mother's uterus
Photo: The New England Journal of Medicine via Pierre-Emmanuel Bouet, MD

Someone get this kid on a soccer team.

One look at a sonogram shared in The New England Journal of Medicine seems to reveal a fetus kicking his way out of his mother’s womb. What’s going on here? The mother suffered a herniation of the amniotic sac, causing her baby boy’s foot to protrude through the left side of her uterus.

While the rare conidition—ocurring in only about 0.07 percent of pregnancies—can be very dangerous, the mother was only made aware of it because of a routine sonogram taken at her 22-week appointment.

“A 33-year-old asymptomatic woman presented at 22 weeks of gestation with a large herniation of the amniotic sac through the left uterine wall that was detected by routine ultrasonography,” her doctor, Pierre-Emmanuel Bouet, MD, wrote underdeath an image of the sonogram. He adds that the rupture was 2.5 centimeters, or about an inch, long.

After being informed of risks like complete uterine rupture, placenta accreta, hysterectomy and preterm labor, the mother, who had five previous c-sections, opted to continue her pregnancy with close monitoring.

By 30 weeks, the rupture had grown to 5 centimeters, and fetus’s legs and abdomen were in the herniated amniotic sac, outside of the uterus. A c-section was immediately scheduled, and the heathy, 3-pound baby delivered.

Six months later, both mom and baby are doing well.

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