An Unborn Baby Learns While in the Womb

unborn babyDid you know that unborn baby learns while in the womb? I did some research and I found some interesting facts. A new study shows that the unborn baby not only hears his/her mom, but may understand her and is already learning language from her.

One mother shared about how, when she is shopping, she talks to her unborn baby. I guess her fellow shoppers probably thought that she was crazy. Far from it. In fact, what she is giving her baby is a foundation for language development.

It is believed that babies begin to absorb language when they are inside the womb during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy — which is earlier than previously held. I also discovered from my research that newborns can actually tell the difference between their mother’s native tongue and foreign languages just hours after they are born. So moms, remember that your unborn baby is listening, learning and remembering during the last stages of pregnancy.

If a mother sits in a movie theater with state-of-the-art sound or walks by a noisy construction site, odds are the fetus will react to all the noise by kicking or shifting around. It is said that around the seventh and eighth month, a fetus’s heart rate slows down slightly whenever his/her mother is speaking, indicating that mom’s voice has a calming effect. Experts says: “Mothers shouldn’t try putting earphones on their bellies and playing music because it’s already noisy in there,” The experts continues by saying, “Learning the mother’s voice and her vowels happens naturally as the mothers speak,”

It is suggested that mothers recognize the importance of not only to talking to their unborn child during the last trimester of pregnancy but to continue to talk to her newborn from the moment of birth to help facilitate language development.

What are the benefits of mom reading and talking to her unborn baby?

Here are 6 benefits for the unborn baby to learn in the womb:

1. It helps you bond with your unborn baby
2. Your voice has a calming and soothing effect on your unborn baby
3. When you are reading, you are relaxed and this relaxes your unborn baby.
4. Your unborn baby is beginning to learn language
5. Your unborn baby is getting to know your voice.
6. Your unborn baby is more likely to read after birth.

What a wonderful way of contributing to the development of an unborn baby. Not only does the mother provide the nutrition for the baby but has the ability to contribute to the baby by reading and talking to her unborn baby.

There are many resources out there, one is Windows to the womb: Revealing the Consciousness from Conception to Birth.

If you would like to leave your personal review or experience or you have any questions, please do leave them below. I would love to hear your feedback!

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16 thoughts on “An Unborn Baby Learns While in the Womb”

  1. I really enjoyed your article on redaing to an unborn baby iced what they learn in the womb because you are so very right, they do begin learning about you while they are growing.

    I especialll liked your list of benefits: The calming effect, the recognition of tour voice, the desire to read once out of your womb.

    All very true. unborn babies do gather some incredible information,

    Thanks for putting this post out there for others to see.

    1. You are welcome, Debra. It is so good to know that mothers can contribute to the development of their baby like this. Thank you for your comments.

  2. Hi,
    Thank you for an interesting post, Before I heard about the reactions of an unborn baby to his/her mothers voice but the point that it will help the baby to be familiar with the language was completely new for and also interesting, would you please tell me the size of this effect in percentage if there is any?
    Best wishes and good luck.

    1. Hi Kaveh,

      In my research I found that when mothers read to their unborn babies, it has a significant positive effect on the development of the unborn babys’ brain and their ability to familiarize themselves with words etc. .It is said that they pick up the rhythm and melody of the speech, rather than individual words. And so when they are born, since they were read to, picking up the language is much easier. Thank you for your interest in this issue.

  3. Sound waves are incredible, they can even put out fires!
    I absolutely believe babies can hear everything we can hear, albeit a bit muffled, I am sure they can hear non the less.
    Ask any mother like the article said that has walked by a noisy area, the baby does respond.
    Thanks for the article, it was a very interesting read. :)


    1. Hi Shawn, Babies have the capacity to hear sounds and moms can impact their lives by providing positive sounds. Reading to them is one way to do this. Thank you for your comments

  4. Hi,

    I didn’t really talked a lot to my baby when I was still pregnant. Do you think it has a relationship as to why she is a bit delayed talking now that she is already 22 months old? I mean, I’m not rushing her to learn talking. But I can’t help to compare her speech progress with some of my friends’ babies who are almost the same age as her. And their babies can now communicate clearly!

    1. Hi Pitin, Thank you for stopping by here. I am sure you are enjoying your baby. I am no expert in speech development. I suggest you schedule a conversation with your pediatrician and a speech-language pathologist. All the best.

  5. I loved your article, I did. The baby can hear all kinds of things while in the womb. Mothers have been known not only to read to their babies while in the womb, but also to sing, or let them listen to soft music. It has always been beneficial. I know it was for my children.

    1. Hi Kristena, Thank you for your comments. The Kindle has some amazing books for pregnant moms and the book, “Windows to the Womb: Revealing the Consciousness Baby from Conception to Birth” – is one of them.

  6. Hey Rodney, great article here.

    I see mothers talk to their unborn babies at home before, and I always though it is based on the instinct of the mother to want to connect to their child. However, after finding out that there are substantial benefits to the babies, I think mothers should talk even more!

    However, I was just wondering if the spoken language use by the mother would make a significant impact? Say for instance, if the mother uses her mother language (non-English), does that mean the child would speak and read better ONLY in that language?

    Thanks and all the best!

    1. Hi Farhan,

      Thank you for stopping by here. I wish more mothers would talk to their unborn babies as this benefits them. About the language issue, I have no doubt that when the mom speaks to her baby in her mother language, it does help the baby to develop much more easily to that language. I also state in my article that it is suggested that mothers recognize the importance of not only to talking to their unborn child during the last trimester of pregnancy but to continue to talk to her newborn from the moment of birth to help facilitate language development. I hope this helps. All the best!

  7. Thanks for the informative article. I had heard that unborn babies still in the womb could pick up things from the mother, but not to this extent. We really are still discovering more all the time about how these babies can form the beginnings of their senses and personalities at these early stages.It is a fascinating subject and makes a lot of sense.

    1. Hi Johnny,

      You are welcome. Thank you for stopping by here. I also found this research fascinating. My son and daughter-in-law will be having their first baby next month and I encouraged them to read this post. I was encouraged to learn that mom was practicing some of the suggestions in the post. I have no doubt that when my grandchild arrives, his senses would have been formed while he was in the womb. By the way both of them are into music.

  8. I used to talk to my unborn babies all the time during my 3rd trimester. Once my babies were born, my Mom was amazed at how they reacted to the sound of my voice. No matter where I was in the room, if they heard my voice, they would immediately try to turn to the sound of my voice. The world is a strange and overwhelming place for a newborn and the sound of mama’s voice is the one constant they’ve had since before birth so it’s no surprise that it provides comfort and security to our little ones when they hear it.

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