Moms-to-be generally can’t wait to see their baby on screen, but ultrasound images can be unpredictable. One TikTok user who was excited to see her “little angel” at her 20-week scan has gone viral after the experience turned out to be more devilish.
User @sophiemelissa shared her ultrasound scan on July 25—and it has already racked up more than 1.5 million likes and 20,000 shares from giggling TikTokers.
The video begins with a photo of Sophie smiling and holding her bump while on vacation, as happy music plays. It then cuts to a printout of Sophie’s ultrasound, which shows a terrifying face staring up at her, accompanied by creepy music.
On average, women have two ultrasound scans during pregnancy, the first between 10 and 13 weeks gestation and another at 20 weeks. However, if the pregnancy is considered high-risk, they may be offered additional monitoring. The first ultrasound is used to determine viability, the number of fetuses and how far along the pregnancy is, while the second is to examine the anatomy and discover the sex.
The use of the scans for gynecological and obstetrics purposes was pioneered by Dr. Ian Donald, a British physician, in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Ultrasound scans became a standard part of pregnancy care in the 1970s.
Sophie’s video prompted hilarity from TikTok commenters. “Ve…ve..very cute…” wrote Nuts.
“‘Mother, I crave the souls of the innocent,'” joked starting wars is cringe.
“Vecna – is that you?” wrote Zaxhuss, in a reference to the villain from Season 4 of Stranger Things.
Lo suggested that Sophie “douse it with holy water.”
In follow-up comments, the mom explained how she got the unusual front shot of her baby’s face, rather than the standard side profile.
“Every single baby face looks like this on an ultrasound at 20 weeks,” she wrote. “[It’s] just rare they look straight at the scanner, also rare to get given the photo!”
She added that she “nearly choked when [the photo] was handed to me.”
In a video posted three days ago, Sophie confirmed that she had given birth to a boy named Bodhi. Her son was born prematurely at the end of January, weighing just 1.7 pounds, and had to spend 90 days in neonatal ICU. He is now at home with his parents and his mom describes him as “a lovely boy who had to fight hard to be here.”
Sophie isn’t the only one to be shocked by a spooky ultrasound scan. Last year, several moms added in-utero MRI scans of their babies’ faces to a Twitter thread, with the results both horrifying and hilarious.
Newsweek has reached out to @sophiemelissa for comment.