Through the nine months of gestation in the womb, foetuses can already feel and experience a great deal of what is happening in and outside of his mother’s body. Here are some insights from science about babies in utero that are share-worthy:
Sense of smell and taste
Contrary to the popular belief that the ability to smell was founded on breathing in air, babies can already start to smell while in the womb. The amniotic fluid which flows through baby’s oral and nasal cavities enhances his sense of smell, as smells are able to cross this medium through odour molecules. Between 11 and 15 weeks is the time when his nose is formed. By 27 weeks, he can even feel the difference in the amniotic waters when the expectant mom eats spicy food although with a time lapse of 2 hours. He might respond by hiccupping, which will appear to be baby spasms for mommy.
Sense of Touch and moving around
Most expectant mothers are excited to feel their babies’ movements during pregnancy. At about nine weeks, the foetus starts making its first involuntary movements but you won’t be able to feel this until a few weeks later. The child might explore the uterine lining and even push off the walls of the womb with its feet. Even at the fetal stage, babies might also react in tandem with their mother’s actions – research done with ultrasounds show that fetuses bounce up and down when their mothers laugh.
Sense of Hearing
Eager fathers and mothers who want to give their child a head start might allow their yet unborn child listen to the works of child-genius Mozart or Bach. Research has found evidence of sounds having a surprising impact upon the fetal heart rate: a five second stimulus can cause changes in heart rate and movement which last up to an hour. (Sleutel, 1988) Closer to everyday experience, the fact that mommies feel a kick or prod in their tummies when daddy is close by is evidence that he or she recognises the voices which are increasingly familiar to him/her.
Sense of Sight
The sense of sight in utero is the most difficult to study and quantify. However, we know that in the womb, eyelids of the foetus remain closed till around 26 weeks of pregnancy. The foetus also responds to light projections on the abdomen by heart rate changes or movements. (Aida Salihagic-Kadic). The fact that fetuses react by shrinking away from needles or using their fists to protect themselves from the needle barrel is also evidence of prenatal use of vision to detect where needles are entering the womb, during medical procedures when fetal reactions are captured on ultrasound.
Even in the womb, babies seem to understand and experience the world more fully than we imagine, and their as yet formed faculties giving them access to this world through the five senses. Understanding these sensory perceptions in utero deepens our appreciation of the miracle of life even more! Log on to http://www.mybabygift.com.sg/baby-hampers.html to browse and shop for gorgeous hampers for newborns and toddlers of friends and relatives.