Do you think the baby feels our emotions?

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Do you think the baby feels our emotions?

I've seriously been crying for 2 weeks ever since we found out our dog (who I love like a family member) has cancer and today we had to put her down. It was the hardest thing I think I've ever done, which I guess I should frankly be grateful for, but I feel like I have been so sad especially in the past few days and crying a lot and I worry that the baby is feeling it too. I really don't want him to have to experience grief before he is even born! The other day my DS said to me "mommy, the baby is crying in your tummy." Who knows, he may have just been talking the nonsense that 3 year old's do sometimes, but it made me start wondering if the baby is picking up on or feeling the same emotions that I am. I think that now that this dog ordeal is over, I will start to feel better. I think having it hanging over my head for 2 weeks was really taking a toll and the anticipation of having to put her down is worse than actually not having her here anymore. Although I really miss her already.

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Joined: 04/30/07
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I am so sorry for your loss. :bighug:

If the baby feels your emotions, I'm sure it won't have any lasting effect. He is still pretty little and won't remember this, especially when he is born and you start giving him all your love in person. Try not to feel guilty, you have a lot of hormones causing emotional upset right now, in addition to the actual emotion you feel from your loss. It's understandable, normal, and just part of life. Hope you feel more at peace in the coming weeks!

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Feels our emotions? I dont think so, but I do think that our emotions effect baby, as they do effect our body chemistry. So I dont think that your sadness would make your baby sad, but baby can probably detect a difference in your body, and the way his 'home' feels.

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"ftmom" wrote:

Feels our emotions? I dont think so, but I do think that our emotions effect baby, as they do effect our body chemistry. So I dont think that your sadness would make your baby sad, but baby can probably detect a difference in your body, and the way his 'home' feels.

I agree with this ^^^ I am so sorry for your loss. My dog that I had for 12 years got cancer and it was one of the hardest things I ever had to do when we finally put him down. I hope you can find some peace in knowing your pup is at peace now. (((((HUGS)))))