Can Babies in the Womb Register a Mother’s Movements?

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It is a well-known fact that babies are phenomenal beings. Several studies conducted over the past three decades have shown that babies, while in the womb, can hear and register their mother’s movements. Some studies have even demonstrated that babies can learn while in the womb. In this article, we will discuss this extremely interesting topic.


“Should I play classical music for my baby while it’s still in the womb?”

Studies have not confirmed whether or not playing classical music will increase your child’s intelligence; however, that doesn’t mean you can’t. If you want to, especially if you can feel your child responding, then feel free! There have been stories of newborns recognising music that was played to them while they were in the womb and falling asleep to particular lullabies, too.

At the end of the day, if you want to then you should. Take care while doing so and don’t play music too loud. If it’s louder than your hairdryer, it can possibly startle your baby. Don’t feel pressured to endlessly have music playing; use it as a way to connect with your developing child. Some babies may enjoy the rhythms and kick in response to the music.


Studies show that babies who are in the seventh or eighth month respond to their mother’s voices. When their mothers talk, the baby’s heartbeat slows slightly which means they are calm.

Speaking to your baby while they’re in the womb can guarantee that your baby will recognise your voice at birth. Studies suggest that if you talk to your baby while they are in the womb, they will already have a bond with you. It will also help them begin their journey to understand how language works by familiarising them with the rhythms and lulls of speech.


Although not all babies respond to touch in the womb, some have been known to. Placing a hand on the stomach can encourage them to engage with the outside world and begin forming bonds with family members.

Touch can help you bond with your child, developing their ability to move – a crucial skill for after the birth. Studies show that children do a variety of things inside the womb, including sucking their thumbs and swinging on the umbilical cord. Some even try to grab the amniocentesis needle when it’s inserted into the uterus. Children of all ages love to move!

Sometimes, when you place your hand, they’ll feel it and attempt to kick it – like a game.


If you eat sweet, sour or bitter food, your child will know. Studies show that what a pregnant mother eats can affect what her baby will want to eat after birth because the aromas and flavours of the food pass through her amniotic fluid. If a mother eats a large variety of different foods, a child will be more likely to accept different flavours.

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Play music, eat lemons and place your hand on your stomach to see if they’ll kick back! All of these things can help you bond with your baby while also helping them learn skills that they’ll need once they enter the world.

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