Mom-to-be Karen McMartin doesn’t have to wait for a sonogram to get an idea of what her child is going to look like.
The pregnant woman can see an outline of her baby on her burgeoning belly. She discovered the print on her tummy when she was just 25-weeks pregnant and some colleagues at her hair salon were making jokes about her protruding belly button.
[Click here to see picture of McMartin's pregnant stomach with the "imprint" of her child]
The British citizen explained to The Sun about her unique baby bump:
“I was in the staff room on a break. We were actually having a laugh at my belly button sticking out and checking for baby movement.
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“Then Karen who owns the salon came in and said, ‘Oh my God, I can see a face.’ She took a picture and we’ve been showing it to folk ever since.”
Twenty-five year old McMartin, who already has a daughter Chloe, 2, with her husband David, added: “No one can believe how clear it is. You can see a nose, mouth and eyes -- even the cheeks.”
Her boss Karen Monan, 45, who is the owner of the Kazmark salon in Irvine, Ayrshire, said: “Karen was lying back and I was having a feel of her bump.
“Then she lifted her head up and all of a sudden the shape of her tummy changed -- and this face just appeared.”
What everyone is seeing is not actually the face of McMartin’s unborn child, but an illusion. The Sun spoke to medical expert Dr. Carol Cooper who explained that the “face” was actually a trick that was caused by her swollen belly button, an old bellybutton piercing, veins and stretch marks.
She added: “The paler area that forms the ‘face’ may well be the baby’s back.”
Illusion or not, it still makes for a pretty cool picture.