Pregnancy is probably one of the best experiences in the life of a mother. Despite of all the discomforts, sleepless nights, nauseous mornings and endless hospital visits, the moment you think about your little bundle of joy, it’s hard to not smile & light up with joy. Every week, your baby develops a little and learns some new things. Isn’t it exciting to wonder what your baby may be doing all this while in your womb? Ready to find out about the things a baby does in the womb? Read on!
It may sound surprising but breathing is one of the most amazing things a baby does in the womb. It goes without saying that every living being needs oxygen to survive. Unborn babies are no different. Though they are supplied oxygen from their mommies by the umbilical cord, they begin to practice breathing right from the womb itself. This equips them with the necessary life skills that they will need 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 babies first breath is initiated by the abrupt variation in environment and temperature as they step into the world.
If you’re planning on being the very first sighting of your baby, then let us gently break the bubble for you. Because 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.
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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, your wait is almost over, as your baby will soon shower you with that heart-warming smile. Isn’t it wonderful to know that the baby is already practising how to spread joy? In the list of many surprising things, smiling is one the of the things that a baby does in the womb.
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, don’t worry! Crying is an important function for babies as they must cry right after they’re born, 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 good for them! 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’d want to know! Especially when you’re making endless bathroom trips at this very moment. However, you must get used to your baby peeing because soon it is going to be all over your bed, sofa and every place imaginable. In order to learn this necessary skill and 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 discovered in the amniotic fluid. Flavours like ginger, garlic, anise and sweet have been proven to change the “taste” of amniotic fluid for babies. Some scientists also hold a notion that this is a natural way of preparing the child for various flavours he is going to eat after being born.
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. That’s why some mommies also believe that what you eat during pregnancy, those foods – the child grows up to enjoy more.
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.
Cooped up inside your womb, things can get pretty boring for your little bundle of joy. Moreover, growing & developing is one big tiring 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.
Your little bub learns to use his reflexes right in the womb, as it becomes his first playground. A number of baby movements like 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 move around. You can also keep a count of your baby’s kicks to make sure that everything is good inside the womb.
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