Babies cry in the womb and 18 other surprising facts I learned when I became a dad | The Independent First came the awe and elation at my wife’s pregnancy. We were finally starting a family! In the next moment, an “Oh s—t!” panic sunk in. To counter the fear of becoming new parents we both read. And read and read and read. We rounded up about a dozen science-backed books, scanned countless research studies, downloaded pregnancy apps, and shared hundreds of articles with each other over the following months. During that flood of information, a handful of surprising facts floated above the rest, and I’ve collected them here.