Prenatal Memories: My Daughter Remembers the Womb ... or Does She?

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I want to share an interesting and sort of freaky conversation I had with my 5-year-old recently about becoming a mom. I'm not pregnant; I just wanted to know my daughter's thoughts on the matter of motherhood, with Mother's Day 2010 coming up and all. (And because I thought this would be a subtle way of finding out if I'm going to get any good gifts.)

She knows that babies grow in a mommy's tummy, but other than that, no one -- myself included -- has ever explained about having babies in the detailed physical sense. What she said made me truly wonder more about the theory of prenatal memory.

This was my mini-talk with her:


Do you remember when you were in Mommy's tummy?

Yeah, it was dark.

What else was it like, what did you hear, anything?

I heard your heart beating all the time. And I felt very safe.

What did it feel like?

It was wet.

What were you doing?

I was lying down.

Did you eat?

No, I drank.


Milk I think.

Now about those presents ... I mean ... why do we celebrate Mother's Day?

To give something to Mommy.

Good girl. Now, what do you think Mommy would like? What present are you and Daddy going to get her?

We're going to let you cook.

Uh, is that really the present Mommy wants?

Yes, because you are going to make cupcakes.

For who?

Me. Because you love me.


She has it right, doesn't she?

Do you think children really have memories of being inside the womb or are their perceptions all coincidence and good guessing?

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