Several weeks ago when Luke would get home and start talking about his day, Nug would begin to move or if he started talking close to my tummy I’d feel the baby wake up. We both liked to think it was because he could already recognize his Dad’s voice and from the reading I’ve been doing about fetal development in the womb, this just might be the case.
At around week 24ish the little being inside has fully developed the ability to hear. In fact, noises that he hears regularly probably won’t phase him once he’s out in the big, bad world – so Nug’s going to be into house music and hard-core ganster rap (Luke and I have very different tastes in music). I’ve also noticed movement from him each morning after the ‘Ohm’ in my morning practice – a yogi baby!
At our HypnoBirthing class last weekend the instructor encouraged us to play the HypnoBirthing meditation track out loud rather than through headphones all the time. This was so that the baby would hear it too and therefore the sound will become familiar and comforting.
This brings me to ponder if there’s there anything I can so that’s beneficial to Nug’s development while he’s in the womb? I’ve been reading a lot about it to figure out how important it might be and whether or not there’s any point to it.
Right from conception the baby’s neural pathways are firing and forming – the little guy is busy right from the get-go. Research shows that later in pregnancy the baby’s heartbeat will respond to different types of music, slowing down for calming, classical tunes and speeding up when the tempo does. After 28 weeks babies even start to dreaming – although it’s hard to imagine what the heck they’re dreaming about…
Some ‘experts’ feel that it’s never too early to start stimulating your baby’s brain, or to start an ‘education’. They say playing music, talking, reading to the baby and gently pushing your tummy are all good ways to do this.
So as per usual there are different schools of thought on this subject. Some feel that the baby has enough work to do growing and developing in the womb without having to deal with to have to deal with being woken up, poked, prodded, and pushed.
The obvious thing to me seems to be that there can’t be any harm in talking to him. The ‘love’ hormone Oxytocin is produced when you feel connected to your baby so talking and singing to him can only be a good thing. I’ve had to really let go of any inhibitions and basically ramble on about anything, from boring day-to-day stuff, to the book I’m reading or the bizarre stream of consciousness in my head. Sometimes I’ll ask him questions and then hope that I might get a little kick or a wiggle as an answer. Mum bought him his first book the other day, Jack & Nancy by Quentin Blake. Luke and I took turns reading it before bed, it was lovely.
I also feel that we live active, noisy, energetic lives so getting him used to loud music, talking, laughing and moving around is imperative for him – I’d love him to be able to sleep in a not-so-quiet environment. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to take him when I teach yoga too, as he’s been with me all this time as I teach. I’m sure that the dulcet tones of my voice will send him off to sleep in the back of my classes. Wishful thinking? We’ll see…