When a baby is developing in the womb, everything is hidden from the outside world, so only the unborn baby really knows what he or she is doing in there or how they're reacting to different situations outside the womb. It feels like watching a rose spring out from a bud into its beautiful look and enchanting fragrance. When the baby is growing inside the womb, sometimes they are very active and sometimes they are quiet. One may just be curious to know what the baby is up to in the womb. However, after taking a peek at how the baby is faring during an ultrasound check, there is a desire to just see more and more of what is taking place in the womb. Some moms have seen their little ones waving, others find them in a sleeping position, and some just have their way of letting mom and dad know they are there.
Especially after feeling all the movements, it is an amazing experience to watch as it is suddenly captured on that ultrasound screen. Sometimes the baby just surprises their parents with a movement, which happens on rare occasions, or smiles, or curls up just when the sensor is trying to pick their position. The bundle of joy just keeps enjoying their time in their tiny environment for the next nine months. We checked out a few mommy and daddy stories about the stuff they've seen their little unborn ones do in the womb, especially via ultrasound.
20 The Baby's comfortable: their environment grows with them
Being Claustrophobic can drive anyone crazy especially when one encounters small spaces. To make matter worse, the thought of how the spine and all the bones are curled up without any problem really makes one question, if the baby comfortable in the womb and how do they survive for nine months in the womb. Interestingly, as soon as the baby begins to develop, their surroundings also grow based on their size. The baby has already adapted to their environment and may not understand whether they need to get a bigger space to stretch out or not. As long as all systems are functioning, they can enjoy that space until their last trimester.
19 Mom's stress means baby's stress
In every person's lifetime, it is highly unlikely that fear would miss out. We tend to relate fear with experiences, objects or something unique. There are so many different experiences that may lead one to fear. However, for an unborn baby, fear is connected to stress factors that the mother may be experiencing. Her reaction to fear affects the baby even after they are born. The reflex is noted when the baby experiences the same reaction to what the mother feels, and may eventually relate the stress factors to the mother's stress, and in the real world, they may react to the same thing in the same way.
18 Unborn Babies can have Hiccups
Hiccups are known to be one of the most irritating physical reactions one may experience. At first, it seems fine and it will go away, then later as they increase, once scampers around to look for the quickest solutions to silence them once and for all. With the unborn baby, it is hard to imagine that they may have hiccups from time to time or they may only hiccup after they are born. Moms may feel the hiccups from the baby in the womb, alongside other movements, especially from the second trimester onwards. Although some research may link the hiccups to development of the diaphragm, there is no definite reason for the hiccups. However, some health risk factors may lead to the baby having numerous hiccups like dropping blood pressure or other physical concerns among others.
17 They can open their Eyes!
There is so much beauty in the world, and it never ends. The value of sight brings to light extraordinary things which lead to creativity in humans. Through what we see, skyscrapers were constructed, clothing lines, shoes and many more things have been invented, including solutions that improve productivity. Likewise, there is a cheek desire to know if the unborn baby can open their eyes and see its own environment while in the womb. It is hard to imagine that it may happen, with all the fluid around it, but if you are used to swimming, one of the rules is to keep our eyes open. This may create an understanding of how it works. A baby's eyes develop as they grow in the womb, and by the 26th week, they are completely formed and they are able to open their eyes. They can sense the movement of light on your belly.
16 Babies already have all their emotions and can cry
As a mom, there are so many different emotional outbursts one may experience. Some moms who may not have been so emotional before the pregnancy would assume that they are either hormones or the baby is emotional. However, babies may become emotional based on the external environment, either directly from the mother or things that affect the mother and baby. In situations where there is substance use or smocking of cigarettes, among other harmful substances, it not only affects the baby's development but will also make the baby cry in the womb. Also, as they develop, their reflex to pain also develops which allows them to react to pain inflicting objects. Alternatively, when the environment is somewhat peaceful, babies in the womb tend to smile or express happiness. Sometimes the smile can be seen when taking a peek from the ultrasound images.
15 Baby Talk: They recognize words in the womb
After babies get used to the external environment, they can talk all they want, all day long whether you understand their language or not. The fun part is when you respond to their conversation and they giggle or continue talking. One may wonder if it is an acquired skill from the womb. While in the womb, babies listen to what is happening in and out of their surroundings. They learn to recognize words in the womb, and later mumble the sentences when they are born. Though it may be rare to see a baby talk in the womb, the unborn baby can hear the conversations and language and retain it as they develop. This may help them later when they are born.
14 Baby Sneeze
'Gesundheit' is what we normally would tell someone after they sneeze or simply 'bless you'. However, how do we tell if the baby sneezes in the womb, and how do we respond to it? Sneezing during pregnancy can cause mommy some pain around her belly, but most of the time, it poses no risks to the mother or her little unborn baby. The only thing the baby will feel, Baby Center notes, is a rocking sensation, and this is more than likely comforting to the fetus. The tightening moms feel at this time is just the uterus momentarily clamping up because it is a muscle in nature. So you can sneeze as many times in a row as it happens, and no damage will happen to the little one.
13 They sleep 90% of the time
When moms discover they are expecting a baby, there is some fatigue that comes with it. Some say it is linked to the baby's desire to sleep or take a nap. However, the fatigue and regular nap times are actually caused by the changes in hormonal levels. The baby, on the other hand, has its own time schedule. They spend almost 90 percent of their time sleeping in the womb. Sometimes you'll find yourself asleep, then out of nowhere, the baby starts to play in the womb and daddy may feel a few kicks if he's sleeping close enough to your belly. But other times, mom may be awake and possibly looking out for a little kick or movement, but the baby is probably fast asleep in the womb.
12 The Baby stretching means pressing mom's parts
For one who is claustrophobic, the last thing one may wish for is a small space. All they desire at that point is just to stretch out every inch of the space around them until they feel better. When an unborn baby is stretching, it can feel very uncomfortable or painful at the same time. They sometimes may press on the bladder, which may make you jerk a little. It is part of the baby's movement and can also tell you the position of the baby as they develop. At this time, your belly may also change in shape, like an oblong or sort of square-like shape, as baby stretches his or her limbs. It's perfectly normal too.
11 Even if there isn't much space, they still play
Just when you think it's time to relax and you put your feet up with a sigh of relief, the baby in the womb decides to have a tap-your-it game in the womb. They will begin kicking and having the time of their life in the womb. At some point, one may think the child will be a soccer player or very sporty, although it may be uncomfortable and yet exciting at the same time. As they continue to grow in the womb, there is limited space for them to kick or play, but whatever space they find is enough for them to play, roll around and kick. It is a good sign when they are kicking because it indicates healthy development. This too is perfectly normal.
10 Baby Thoughts develop over time
When the mother has negative thoughts, it leads to a direct response from the unborn baby as well. The brain of an unborn baby begins to develop 5 to 6 weeks after conception. While the brain is developing, the cerebral cortex, which is responsible for the thought process in everyone's brain helps in the baby's cognitive development. As the unborn baby's brain develops, the other organs begin to functions and it begins to move in the womb. The baby is able to learn to recognize words, as Science Mag notes, while in the womb so be careful what you say when you're around a pregnant mom or if you are the one carrying the little one. As the fetus develops, it can hear any sound from the outside world and understand and retain the memories after birth.
9 Touching the bump = communicating with baby
When someone is rubbing the belly, it could be a reaction to pain, discomfort or satisfaction. For expectant moms, there are different reasons as to why moms rub their bellies. Some rub their bellies because they feel some discomfort, or others react to the baby's movement while others use it as a form of communication with the baby. Whatever reason moms rub their bellies, there is a little one in the womb who may go crazy about it. Rubbing the belly usually has a soothing feeling to both mom and baby, and develops a beautiful deep bond between mom and baby. The baby is able to feel the movement of the hand and react to it especially when they are awake, and can differentiate when the mom's touch from others.
8 They're already curious
Kids always have an inborn discovery channel in them. They move from one place to another trying to discover things and quench their curiosity at the same time. If it's not technology, it is some of your utensils or hidden items within their reach around the house. One may wonder where it all began. The baby is interacting with the environment that the mom may be in. They can hear sounds as well as see some little light from the womb. The baby also discovers sucking of the thumb and moving their limbs. They can hear the sounds and voices, which is retained even after birth.
7 They Feel mom's emotions too
As the baby is developing in the womb, there is a great bond between mom and baby. They practically share and do everything. Who knows, even the baby may identify if you have worn designer clothes or not, but that is hypothetical. Even so, baby and mom's bond is so deep such that the baby can tell if they feel loved or not. If the baby can respond to a mother's depression, they can feel love as well. To generate a closer bond and ensure the child feels loved, you can massage the belly, or sing to the baby and just enjoy the baby's company. The baby may also express their feeling by kicking the belly.
6 They can already taste mom's food
As babies grow to toddlers, they enjoy tasting different types of food and picking their preference. Their taste buds will be developing and one can manipulate what they eat until they discover different tastes. However, this did not just begin when they were born. In the womb, the baby's digestive system is developing therefore, they depend on the nutrients from the amniotic fluid. The fluid produces a smell of foods that mom may eat and they can taste what mom has eaten. It could be the reason why they galp so much of something over another type of food.
5 Baby does a happy dance
Whenever we are in a happy mood, we tend to sing happy songs even louder whether we know the lyrics or not, dance, do spontaneous activities that spread joy and much more. Being happy is infectious, in that it makes us spread the cheer in our workplace or social forums. It is likely that when mom is in a good mood, it may directly result in happy baby moods. They may be happy because they have heard familiar voices, or just absorbing your happy cheer. One of the ways to know if the baby is happy is by watching a hilarious program or movie and you may begin to feel a bouncing baby in the womb.
4 How Do Babies Breathe In The Womb
When we get into a swimming pool, we have to hold our breath while underwater. Some may stay underwater longer than others. However, this is quite normal for babies in the womb. They are continuously floating inside amniotic fluid and this goes on for the next 40 weeks. Whenever mom feeds or drinks something, all the nutrients will be fed to the baby through the umbilical cord, Likewise, when the mother breathes in and out, the oxygen flows into her blood system, which then travels to the baby through the cord and into the veins of the baby. As the baby develops, so do the lungs due to the circulation of nutrients and oxygen which aids in development.
3 By 10 weeks they can already smell
From garlic to spinach, ice cream to chocolate, all the foods that a mother can and would eat is digested and served for the baby's delight. Sometimes the food may not go down well and sometimes the cravings may increase the desire for one food item over the other. However, by 10 weeks, the baby's smell receptors have formed and the baby begins to identify their tastes and preferences. Through the amniotic fluid, the tastes and smells come alive for the baby and they can identify their daily menu while in the womb. Eating a balanced diet introduces the child to a variety of foods that he or she will have after they are born.
2 The baby needs the connection of the belly rub
There is a sense of security that one experiences where love and affection abound. It releases self-confidence and self-worth and may lead to an optimistic lifestyle. Similarly, a baby in the womb may understand the level of affection and touch that they may receive when the belly is rubbed, or mom is having a conversation with the baby. When a baby is born, and less affection is displayed, it makes them feel insecure, and may even lead to death. When a baby in the womb does not receive expressions of affection or love, they may become physically and emotionally affected. This is almost similar to where the mother is depressed or stressed.
1 Voice Recognition
When you stand by the swimming pool or where there is mass water, you will realise that you are surrounded by different sounds ranging from wind, swaying trees, people, vehicles among others. However, as soon as you dive into a swimming pool, or submerge yourself into the pool of water, you may realise that the level of noise that existed prior to diving suddenly reduces to almost nothing. When you come up from the water, you realise the noise is still there. Similarly, the baby in the womb is surrounded by amniotic fluid and can hear very little of external noise. However, during the last trimester, the baby is able to hear the voice of their mother. The baby has more contact with the mother than other people and is able to differentiate the voice of the mother from the fathers as well though not as clearly as for the mother.
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