SHEROES 25 Apr 2017 . 6 min read
It won’t be unfair to say that pregnancy is probably one of the best experiences in the life of a mother. Every week, as you flip through a new chapter in your pregnancy journal, your baby develops a little and learns some new things. It then would be legit to say that the learning process begins right in the womb and never truly ends.
Here’s a list of 10 amazing things your baby might be doing right now in his very first home:
It goes without saying that even unborn babies require oxygen to survive and thrive, which is provided by the umbilical cord. However, even during this time, the babies practice breathing so as to equip them with the necessary life skill that will help them once they’re out of the womb. This practicing begins as early as the ninth week of pregnancy. You would be amused to know that your baby’s first breath is elicited by the abrupt variation in environment and temperature as s/he steps into the world.
Opening and closing eyes
If you’re planning on being the very first visual of your baby, let us break the bubble for you. Well technically, your baby will open her/his eyes even before s/he is born. Somewhere around 27th to 28th week of pregnancy, babies begin responding to light signals, even though they do not have much to see in their very first home. This has been proven by scientific studies wherein unborn babies were seen stirring away from light that enters through a mother’s belly button.
Smiling is something that we learn right from the womb; after all it is another essential life skill. Sonographers have proven with the help of 4D scans that unborn babies begin practicing the art of smiling from around 26th week of pregnancy. So if you’ve been waiting to see the toothless gums of your newly-born munchkin, hold on, as your baby will soon shower you with that heart-warming smirk.
For what it’s worth, babies begin practicing the art of shedding tears in the womb itself. If you just had a minor heartbreak reading this, take note that crying is an important function for babies as they must cry right after they’re born, so as to indicate that oxygen has reached their brains and they are healthy.
Moreover, until they learn to speak, they use crying as a communication tool so perfecting it in the womb is crucial. Many studies have shown that unborn babies even display a quivering bottom lip while crying in the womb!
The thought of your baby peeing inside you might not really be the best thing you would have read today, especially when you’re making endless bathroom trips at the moment. However, you must get used to your baby peeing because soon it is going to be all over your bed, sofa and any place imaginable. In order to learn this necessary skill & expel waste, babies begin urinating right in the womb, by the 12th week.
The flavours of some food items that expecting moms consume can be well discovered in the amniotic fluid. Flavours like ginger, garlic, anise and sweet have been proven to change the flavour of amniotic fluid. Some scientists also hold a notion that this is a natural way of bracing up the child for various flavours he is going to eat after being born.
Take note that the personal favourites of your unborn baby will be sweet flavoured foods as every time you consume something sweet, he will swallow more of amniotic fluid. When you eat certain foods, the flavours can be detected in your amniotic fluid.
Studies have shown that somewhere in the third trimester, babies begin listening to outside noises and even react to them with a jerk or a kick. Even though they may not be able to understand what you’re saying, they are still all ears and so you can use this as an effective means of bonding with your baby.
Inside your womb, things can get pretty boring for your little bundle of joy. Moreover, growing & developing is such a hell of a task. Many ultrasound images of developing babies have shown them yawning inside the utero and if you happen to be lucky, you might just catch a glimpse of it yourself!
Your baby can learn hiccupping early in the initial few weeks. However, as your baby’s hiccups might be too mild, you might not be able to spot them until the last few weeks of pregnancy. While a number of women do not feel their baby’s hiccups throughout pregnancy, others might feel them daily in the later stage.
Kicking, twisting, wriggling & more
Your little daredevil learns to use his reflexes right in the womb, as it is his first playground. A number of baby movements like quickening, twisting, swirling, wriggling and punching might become a daily occurrence for you in the middle stages of pregnancy, especially after you consume a light snack. However, during the last few weeks of pregnancy, these movements might reduce as their will be lesser space for the baby to perform movements. You can also keep a count of your baby’s kicks to make sure that everything is good inside the womb.
This article was originally published on Mom's Community