Did you know that your baby-to-be can detect sound, listen to music and even recognize your voice in the womb?
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You knew you had somebody on board as you saw that positive pregnancy test. But when does it dawn on your baby that there’s a Mom, too?
There’s no way to be sure of that, but we do know that babies’ ears are fully formed by week 18, and babies in utero do appear to start physically reacting to sounds with faster heartbeats around 20 to 24 weeks. As you get into the 3rd trimester and you’re better able to detect movement, you may notice your baby jumping at sudden loud percussive sounds. In the 3rd trimester, try lying in the bathtub and hitting the side of the tub with a metal spoon: you may see your belly jump at the vibration.
You may even be able to influence your baby to like the kind of music you do before birth: studies have found that babies who listened to music in the womb are soothed when they hear the same familiar tunes postpartum. Newborns also recognize familiar voices. Not only can your fetus hear, but she may even be able to “see” a little bit, too. A baby-to-be’s eyes become active at about week 21, and by week 29 she’ll begin to open her eyes and look around. Try lying down and holding a flashlight to your belly, and see if your baby kicks at the light source.