What sounds can your developing baby hear?
You might not think it, but it’s a noisy world for your developing baby, with vibrations from your voice, your heartbeat, blood rushing around and your stomach rumbling. If your developing baby hears an unexpected noise outside of you, he may react by blinking and remaining motionless for a moment, while his heart might also beat slower.
Use sound to bond with your developing baby
And while you’re soothing his world, take time out for yourself to relax – even if it’s only for a few moments each day. Your body needs more rest during pregnancy so sit somewhere comfortable, take some deep, slow breaths, and listen to some peaceful music. Then, just relax – you’re doing something that’s good for you, and for your developing baby too!
Good nutrition is one of the keys to sensory development. You can help support your developing baby’s growing brain and body by providing all the nutrition he needs for his development. Aim to have at least four servings each week of food that is high in DHA (an omega-3 fat), such as salmon or sardines. If you don’t eat fish, you can get omega-3 fats from foods like flaxseed, walnuts, dark leafy green vegetables, squash, canola oil, broccoli, cauliflower and papaya1.
At this stage of rapid fetal growth, it’s recommended that moms should also be taking a prenatal multivitamin to make sure they are also getting enough of those essential nutrients like vitamin D and folic acid2. Prenatal vitamins are available at most pharmacies, but ask your obstetrician or gynecologist if they can recommend a brand for you.
Your developing baby can now hear you and outside noises. In fact, sound levels inside your womb can reach 70 decibels – similar to the sound of a vacuum cleaner! That’s one noisy neighborhood your developing baby is growing in!
Your developing baby is expanding his skill sets too
2American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. FAQ001 Nutrition during pregnancy. Downloaded from http://www.acog.org/-/media/For-Patients/faq001.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20151020T0906455547. Accessed on October 2015.