In a recent video that went viral, a couple captured the moment when their baby was found on the ultrasound clapping to the classic, “If you’re happy, and you know, clap your hands.” Babies begin their lives right in the mother’s ᴡᴏᴍʙ.
Babies have fascinating lives in the w.o.mb that we know quite little about. They can cry, laugh, taste, hear, and do so much more. And they aren’t even born yet.
- Babies sense their mother’s touch.
The urge to keep patting or rubbing your belly is very common as the bump gets bigger. A mother’s touch is the activity that stimulates the unborn babies the most. They respond by moving around. As the ꜰᴏᴇᴛᴜs gets older, you will appreciate the response more.
- Babies can hear and tune into music.
Babies can begin to hear at about 18 weeks into their development. Their hearing gets better and develops over time. In the case of babies, music stimulates their senses and promotes brain development.
Babies are capable of retaining memories of the songs that they have heard while in the ᴡᴏᴍʙ. If you listen to the same songs a lot during pregnancy, those same songs may even help to soothe your baby after birth.
- Babies taste what mothers eat.
What mum eats influences the baby’s tastebuds, which develop in the ᴡᴏᴍʙ at week nine of pregnancy. During pregnancy, the flavours of the food you eat can pass to your baby through the ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ ꜰʟᴜɪᴅ that surrounds them. What you eat may affect the taste of your breastmilk after pregnancy.
- Babies feel a shiver when you drink cold water.
It’s a trick that sonographers suggest you drink a glass of cold water when you want to check if the baby is doing well. The cold temperature could wake your baby up a bit.
- Babies can detect light.
At around 15 weeks of pregnancy, the ꜰᴇᴛᴜs becomes sensitive to the stimulus of light. Their eyes will still be closed at this stage, but they may detect a bright light outside your tummy.
- Babies get the hiccups.
Fetuses experience hiccups as early as the first trimester, but more commonly in the second and third. They’re pretty common. You might experience your baby’s hiccups as little spasms in your tummy. They’ll feel a little different to the usual movements.
- Babies despise smoking.
We know that smoking is not good for mom and baby. Your baby knows and reacts to it. Movement scans detect overt discomfort expressed by babies when their moms smoke. They appeared to move around uncomfortably and moved their mouths a lot.