Babies have senses in the womb | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 12, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:27 PM, November 12, 2017

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Babies have senses in the womb

We very often talk about child, teenage and adult psychology, but rarely talk or think about foetal psychology. Having a healthy child in all sense probably is the biggest gift from the creator.

Behaviourally speaking, there is little difference between a newborn baby and a 32 week old foetus. A new wave of research suggests that the foetus can feel, dream, even enjoy. At term, a foetus behaves almost exactly as a newborn and it continues to do so for the next 12 weeks.

By nine weeks, a developing foetus can hiccup and react to loud noises. By the end of the second trimester it can hear. Just as adults, the foetus experiences dreams. Among other mental feats, the foetus can distinguish between the voice of the mother and that of a stranger, and respond to a familiar story read to it. Even a premature baby is aware, feels, responds and adapts to its environment.

Scientists found that the foetus listens to mother’s heart bit and gurgling sound of the stomach around 20-24 weeks of gestational life. At around six weeks they start sucking and at about 16 weeks of gestational life they start tasting. Awake or asleep, the human foetus moves 50 times or more each hour, flexing and extending its body, moving its head, face and limbs and exploring its warm wet compartment by touch. It touches a hand to the face, one hand to the other hand, clasps its feet, touches its foot to its leg and its hand to the umbilical cord.

So, it is obvious that during pregnancy the environment should be very congenial, smoking and alcohol intake should be avoided. Emotional outbreak should be avoided as foetus reacts to all emotions of mother.

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