Once a woman is pregnant, she is super excited about getting a lot of stuff for her soon-to-be-born baby. While she picks up the cutest onesies and color-coordinated booties, she makes an honest effort to keep her baby’s choice in mind. Quite obvious, you might say, considering the baby isn’t around to make his/her likes and dislikes evident. But this doesn’t mean that babies do not communicate with their mothers from inside the womb. From tasting the food, seeing light, bumping around, to even hating certain stuff their moms do, babies do a lot inside the belly (1). Don’t believe us? Well then, here’s a low down of such things for your convenience:
1. Mom’s Belly Laughs
A happy mom makes a happy baby. But, if the mother chooses to laugh her belly out, those jerks aren’t certainly going to make him/her happy. It’s like being afloat in a bag of fluid and then being tossed onto a trampoline. That’s probably how your baby might be feeling. Try holding your belly or avoid jerking laughs so as not to unsettle your baby.
2. Consistent Poking
Sure it is fun to poke your baby, especially in your third trimester. It is an amazing feeling to touch your baby (almost) from outside your belly. And, we’re sure the baby loves it too. However, do not go overboard with the poking. You never know what your baby is up to inside the womb. So, when you poke around too much, the baby may soon not be in a mood for it and will begin to move away the next time you poke. Practice restraint is what we suggest.
3. Sudden, Loud Noises
We all know the soothing effects of music not only on babies but adults too. Although babies can only hear muffled noises from inside the womb, they hate sudden, loud noises. So, keep your belly away from that jarring mixer at home or those blaring traffic horns.
4. A Stressed Mommy
Whatever a mom feels, the baby feels it too. If you are too stressed, your hormone levels will go haywire, eventually affecting your baby as well. So, try some relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, exercises or yoga to keep you in good humor (pun intended) – without the jerking laughs though!
5. Too Much Of Peek-A-Boo Lights!
Babies respond from inside the womb when you flash a light on your belly. However, too much of it might actually disturb your baby, especially if he/she is in a resting state. And if your baby is not in a mood, it may even make him/her not react to it at all. So, as much as you love it, keep that flashlight away.
6. Toss And Turn Sleep Time
Just like laughing, tossing and turning in your sleep also causes your baby to jerk a lot. It is certainly not a good feeling, especially if your baby is resting or sleeping. Try turning around very slowly if you really must.
7. Spicy Food
We told you how your baby can taste the food you eat courtesy – the amniotic fluid (2). And, might we suggest, they particularly hate spicy food. Every time you eat food that is too spicy, you may notice your baby move around, and not in a pleasant manner at that.
8. Depressed Mom, Sad Baby
Of course, we said your baby probably hates your belly-laughs. But that surely doesn’t mean that you remain sad. Avoid getting too sad or depressed as it’ll affect your baby too. And yes, your baby does cry in the womb too (3). So, keep your sunny side up, always!
9. Lack Of Space
As your baby grows, he/she will experience a shortage of space. Although there is nothing much you can do about it (except giving birth, of course), you could try to keep yourself stretched instead of cuddling up often.
10. The Hunger Pangs
Like everything else, your hunger pangs affect your baby too. Your baby hates to be hungry, something he/she will communicate with kicks and moves. So, every time you feel even the slightest urge to eat, head straight to the kitchen. You’ll realize how happy your baby is when he/she responds with a loving kick.
We hope this list is an eye-opener for you (if you weren’t aware already). Keep these in mind, for you never know, your baby might carry these traits forward even after birth. That is when this new-found knowledge might surely help you. Have a happy baby!