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Does talking to someone who isn’t born yet sound like paranormal activity? NO! This is backed by evidence which shows that the baby responds to external stimuli such as touch, sound and even smell. While it may be difficult to have a riveting conversation with your unborn child, the baby’s ability to receive external stimuli makes it inconsequential. Their senses are heightened and have a good idea about the world around them through you. Everything that you experience is something that they would feel as well because of the physical connection.
Why Talking to Your Baby in the Womb is a Good Idea
- Helps to Stimulate Hearing in the Child: Studies have shown that development of the ears starts early on in the pregnancy at week 25. Unlike vision which is poor, as the fetus cannot have access to the outside world, hearing is something that can be developed. The tiny hairs that are beginning to grow inside the ears during this time are tuned into the world outside to get stimulated. A word of caution, avoid exposing your baby to a noisy environment as sounds over 60 decibels can hamper auditory development.
- Helps In Developing Oral Communication: Would it be unbelievable to think that a baby can remember words that have frequently been used by you? One study certainly thinks and goes on to say that it can help build communication due to familiarity. This isn’t surprising because learning any language involves a lot of listening. You can even watch television programs of different languages and make them a multilingual even before they are born!
- Helps Your Baby Get Familiar With You: Just because they reside within you doesn’t mean they’ll get to know who you are. You would need to communicate with them on a regular basis, share with them your hopes and fears, and they will listen. A study conducted showed that infants were able to figure out the emotions that their moms were going through. Is it possible that someone can be familiar with the emotional make-up of another without being familiar with them? No, your unborn child is always listening and communicating early on can help them understand who you are as a person.
- Helps Establish a Bond With the Baby: Bonding with unborn baby is not something that you can pick up from any book. It is something that you must experience by talking to him/her every day. Talking will strengthen the love you already possess and help mentally prepare you to become a parent.
- Helps Strengthen the Relationship With Your Partner: Spending just a few minutes talking to your baby can also be a relationship building exercise. Couples who are busy with their daily life can spend time with each other. With the relaxing environment, some couples even open-up and talk about unresolved issues in a calm atmosphere.
Best Ways to Communicate With Your Baby in the Womb
- Talking: This might seem a little strange, if not comical. How to talk to your baby in the womb? It’s simple, just talk to them the way that you would to anyone else. You could do something as simple as getting into the habit of wishing them in the morning. If you hear a loud sound that is unpleasant, verbally reassure your baby that it is nothing and that they are fine. When you are happy about something, make sure that you let your baby know about it too so they can share your joy.
- Painting: Did you know that painting can be two-way communication between you and your baby? During your first trimester, get paint supplies, close your eyes and create whatever you want, keeping the baby in mind. This is a way where you can connect with your baby by expressing the inner artist in you. Now, moving to the third trimester, you can let them paint. Sounds crazy? Well, that’s exactly what six moms from Belgium did! They stuck some paint brushes to their bellies and allowed the baby’s movements create paintings. In fact, their unborn babies were so effective, that they managed to spread awareness about the risks babies face during birth.
- Dancing: It might seem odd to think that dancing and pregnancy can be pulled off together, but it can! Express yourself through dance and music, but be sure to do it within your limits. It helps reduce anxiety and the happiness you feel while dancing will be picked up by your child. Don’t be surprised if your baby starts dancing back as this footage from a 4D ultrasound has shown just that!
- Music: Since we know that an unborn child has an acute sense of hearing, why not take advantage of it through music? A study conducted has given rise to the concept of ‘The Mozart Effect’. It says that exposing individuals for 10 minutes to classical music can improve their spatial reasoning skills. Exposing your child to the same could be your way of communicating concepts that children learn when they’re born! Who thought your child would have their first lessons so early!
- Flavourful Food: Studies show that by the time a foetus is around four months old, they have a well-developed sense of taste. This means that you can go for dinner dates with just you and your unborn baby. Get to connect over your favourite foods and try out exotic (but baby friendly) foods that you’ve never tried before.
- Aromatic Food: The sense of smell and taste are intimately connected as any foul odour warns us against rotten food. This role of smell is compounded in a foetus that smells the food in the amniotic fluid. A study showed that it plays a powerful role and even decided in shaping their food habits. You could share some of your favourite sweet-smelling dishes and let them know what you like.
- Get the Family Involved: You’re their universe and rely on you to help them make sense of this world. However, you may not always be there with them, and they would need to learn to trust the people around them. Get your partner involved so that they both get acquainted. If you have a toddler, let them have regular meetings so that they understand who the other is. If you have a dog, they’ve already figured out that you’re pregnant. Let them nuzzle away at your belly so that they can both interact with each other.
- Baby Shower Introduction: When your due date is close by, assemble all your closest friends and relatives and invite them over for a baby shower. During this time, you could introduce your baby to those who make it. Ask your guests to talk as well so that the baby can hear them and be acquainted with their voice. Your child will be able to pick up the tone, making them understand the dynamic you share with other people.
- Massage Your Belly: Who doesn’t love a good massage? Make a ritual out of it by bringing out the oils and creams at a convenient time to begin the bonding. If you have the time, you could pick out some essential oils that appeal to you and mix it for aroma/massage therapy. Recruiting your partner to give you belly massage can make it into a family affair. A study conducted showed that children would sometimes reach out to respond to the touches. One of the most extraordinary findings of this study was that the child could differentiate who was touching the belly. Researchers came to this conclusion because babies respond differently when the stomach is touched by the mother, father and a stranger.
- Yoga: Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean that you’re constricted to home, and you can get busy with other things in life. You can practise yoga in pregnancy too. Yoga is a way where you can declutter your mind from everything else and focus on you and your baby. The visualisation exercises that you will be doing can help you reconnect with your baby. As they are inside you, you must rely on all your other senses to listen to your baby. When was the last time they pushed against your belly? Have you been giving too much stress to your child? There are plenty of yoga exercises that you can do such as pregnancy yoga that is safe for you and the baby.
- Hypnobirthing: This is a birthing technique that relies on self-hypnosis rather than medication. However, the practice is flexible and allows medical intervention when the pain is unbearable. Stress hormones released by the mother, have been known to affect unborn babies. During or before labour, anxiety or fear of the labour process can be a form of unintended communication for the baby to be under stress. Hypnobirthing focus is to remove that fear and relax the body. This helps you concentrate on your child and communicate with them that everything will be okay.
Learning to communicate with someone who is inside you can seem awkward at first, but once you start, you’ll never stop. This is the closest that you will be with your child so savour every moment with them. Eat, dance, pray and enjoy life together because life is short. Before you know it, they’ll be going to school, and after a few years, they’ll be adults.
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