Since ages, and as a tradition, a pregnant woman is often advised and encouraged to read educational or religious books, ever wondered why?
The preparation for your baby’s life on earth begins in the womb itself with nature’s complex mechanism at play.
Your baby’s hearing develops approx. 24 weeks in the womb, and the first sound they learn is your voice which helps to develop their bond with you. Studies have shown that a baby’s cry on the day of birth is in the accent of their mother tongue.
For those who live in a myth, let me tell you, the womb isn’t exactly the quietest place to hang out! Not only your baby hears your sound but also the sound of: stomach growling, heart beating, the blood gushing, the occasional hiccup or burp but they also hear noises from beyond. Example; if you walk by a noisy market or sit in a movie theatre with state-of-the-art sound, the baby inside will react to all the uproars by kicking or shifting around.
Your baby is pre-wired to absorb lessons from everyone and everything you interact with, while still resting in the womb.
Inaudible or not, unborn babies seem to develop a fine ear for certain sounds.
Moreover, when you eat while you’re pregnant, the flavors of the food enter the amniotic fluid your baby swallows. Unknowingly, you pass-on your likes and dislikes to your baby.
Apart from the sound and taste, you will be surprised to discover that your emotions also leave a remarkable impression on your baby’s mind.
It is observed that fetuses may learn from high amounts of maternal stress that the world is not safe.
So, now that you know your baby is capable of learning inside the womb, the baby’s all-set to continue early brain development from the moment they leave the womb.
Long story short, babies begin to engage many of their senses to learn about the world around them during the last trimester of pregnancy—or even before.
Baby’s eager to investigate whatever they get their hands on, this fun starts before birth. As early as 20 weeks, the fetus reacts to what’s around them.
All this shows that a baby isn’t just passively waiting to be born but already building important skills and developing a strong bond with one of the most important people in life—the mother.
Nature has created a system to accomplish this in its infinite wisdom. You are your baby’s habitat.
In proximity to you, the baby will begin to sense the warmth of your tissues, your smell which is unique for the baby as it associates to the amniotic fluid. Your smell, voice and heart beats are all sensory inputs that notify the baby it has arrived home.
As a social engagement system response, babies lift their head to look at you by hearing the familiar voice, which is involuntary and is the same for adults.
Well, your womb is a learning playground for your baby and a lot is happening inside, so provide the best exposure that you can while pregnant to your Babies, who are born learning.