Talk to Your Baby in the Womb -- He Is Listening!

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pregnant womanIf you're like most moms-to-be, then you've spent a fair amount of time with your head hunched over, talking to your baby in the womb as if he or she were already here. And chances are you've felt a little bit crazy or even embarrassed for doing it when someone catches you, right?

As it turns out, you're way ahead of the curve as far as getting a jump start on your newborn's learning, because a new study shows that babies hear and learn from their mother's voice in utero.

During the last 10 weeks of pregnancy, babies start absorbing language, and that's why they are able to tell the difference between their mother's spoken language and other foreign languages just hours after they are born.

The mother's voice gets amplified by her body, which is how the baby is able to hear her. Pretty cool, huh?

Although, there is some disappointing news. The author of the study, Patricia K. Kuhl, PhD, says that the baby cannot hear other voices, like dad's. (Aww.) She also adds, "Mothers shouldn't try putting earphones on their bellies and playing music because it's already noisy in there. Learning the mother's voice and her vowels happens naturally as the mothers speak."

When I was pregnant with my son, I never went so far as to put earphones around my belly, but I did play music occasionally, and I talked to him all the time. And when I say all the time, I mean ALL the time. I told him all about whatever I was doing during my day, how I couldn't wait to meet him, and I told him about various family members and friends I couldn't wait to introduce him to.

And as weird as it sounds, right after he was born and the doctor placed him in my arms, he looked at me with his eyes open wide almost as if to say, "Hey, lady. I know you."

I mean, I can't really say for sure whether or not he recognized me by the sound of my voice, but it's sure nice to think that we shared an early connection right from the start.

That being said -- talk to your babies, moms-to-be! And don't be the least bit fazed by people giving you strange looks or wondering who in the heck you are talking to. Your little one can hear you, and he/she is listening, and that's all that matters.

Have you been talking to your baby throughout your pregnancy?

 

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shann... shannipoo714

from the day he was born my son would try to look at me when he heard my voice. of course he wasn't very successful at first :-) . even my mother and the nurses were amazed at the one day old baby trying to lift and turn his head to find me

alway... alwayscurious

When my daughter was born, after they wrapped her up and put her on my chest she was mighty upset. I told her to chill cuz we were all done and she stopped and lifted her head up. Granted, she had her eyes closed and covered with that goo they put on, so she didn't actually look at me, but I was startled cuz she seemed to actually recognize and respond to my voice. It was that moment I realized that she was actually mine and we already had a bond. I well never forget that moment.

Now she's 7.and usually ignores me altogether lol.

nonmember avatar HeartMama

I know they hear us and recognize voices. My oldest was born with critical heart defects. When he was under sedation on a ventilator after his first heart surgery at 4 days old, any time he heard my voice he would fight the sedation meds and try to turn toward my voice... pulling the vent tubes with him. He remained in critical condition for weeks, and never reacted to anyone's voices except mine and my husband's. He's almost 13 now and doing great.

Wheep... Wheepingchree

reading this made my heart melt. i loved telling my daughter about my day while pregnant. I hope I get pregnant again soon!

indig... indig0rose

I'm sorry, but I don't buy the whole "baby can only hear mommy" bs. My fiance has a deep voice. We already have a nine year old. Both of which are very boistrous. My son reacts to daddy's voice, big brothers voice, and even grammy's differently. U can't tell me otherwise. I have personally felt him shift closer to daddy's voice when spoken to. I have also felt him startle when daddy's loud laugh breaks a silence.

nonmember avatar Momma D

I'm with Indig0rose on this one! The whole part about not hearing sounds that come from outside of Mom's belly is complete BS! My partner carried our son, and I layed my head on her belly and talked to him all the time. And he too would startle when a sudden loud noise broke the silence. When he was born, it was by way of an emergency c-section (he didn't like the pitocin one bit!). As soon as the nurse said it was ok, I rushed to his side as he was screaming. And who wouldn't be after such a shocking experience. As soon as I spoke to him, he instantly stopped crying, turned his head to face me and made eye contact. Yes, true eye contact at less than 5 minutes old. The nurses and doctors all stopped and stared in amazement. He could even lift his head by the time he was a week old. He's two and a half now, and still very advanced. But yeah, he knew my voice very well, and was comforted by it from the instant he was born. So I think this woman should have her Ph.D. revoked until she completes some more research.

two_moms two_moms

I'm with Indig0rose on this one!  The whole part about not hearing sounds that come from outside of Mom's belly is complete BS!  My partner carried our son, and I layed my head on her belly and talked to him all the time.  And he too would startle when a sudden loud noise broke the silence.  When he was born, it was by way of an emergency c-section (he didn't like the pitocin one bit!).  As soon as the nurse said it was ok, I rushed to his side as he was screaming.  And who wouldn't be after such a shocking experience.  As soon as I spoke to him, he instantly stopped crying, turned his head to face me and made eye contact.  Yes, true eye contact at less than 5 minutes old.  The nurses and doctors all stopped and stared in amazement.  He could even lift his head by the time he was a week old.  He's two and a half now, and still very advanced.  But yeah, he knew my voice very well, and was comforted by it from the instant he was born.  So I think this woman should have her Ph.D. revoked until she completes some more research.

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