by Anai Rhoads
Your baby can see, hear, taste and feel the intimate world you have provided around him or her. Playing soothing music for your baby helps release endorphins that help baby relax.
In only the third month of your baby's life in the womb, his or her hearing is starting to develop fully. Around mid-term, you will begin to feel your baby's reaction to certain noises. You feel a kick or a poke when daddy is around, telling you he or she recognises that particular voice.
Loud noises can startle baby, so speak softly. This will help baby feel secure and safe in the environment your womb has created specifically for your baby's well being. Amniotic fluid muffles sound, so do not be concerned if you are put in a position where you are upset or shouting. Some researchers claim that normal emotions the mother experiences in day-to-day life, can help the unborn baby to adapt once born.
As far as light -- yes, your baby can see in the womb. Just as when we lie out in the sunlight, and close our eyes. You baby actually sees shades of red and orange in bright light. Around the fourth month, your baby may begin reacting to the light, by turning away or towards it.
A few things you can do to help baby adjust go as follows:
- Your baby eats what you eat, and reacts as you react. Make an effort to keep baby calm by being calm yourself. Think positive and peaceful thoughts.
- Stroke your belly, and speak softly to your baby. These months are very special, and you will never get them again with this particular baby, so make the most of it. Allow your partner to join in with this bonding process.
- Move with ease. The movement you make as you take a slow walk, puts baby in a sleepy state. After he or she is born, the similar rocking motion will be used to put baby to sleep.
Anai Rhoads is a medical and political researcher/writer with a particular interest in the sanctions on Iraq and the wider effect of racism's influence in the Middle East. A vegan since 2000, she is a dedicated supporter of activities which promote animal and human rights. Originally from Greece, she now resides in Virginia, USA with her husband and their two dogs, Bijou and Eva.
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