Baby’s Brain Development: Always Speak to your Unborn Baby
Conversational Prenatal Education
Speak to the Fetus when it is in the Womb
Speak to the fetus with a calm, gentle voice as you stroke the side of your stomach gently with your hand. This action is highly recommended by experts and has become almost synonymous with prenatal education.
Speak with a Clear Voice after 5 Months of Pregnancy
During the early stages of pregnancy, start to speak with a soft and clear voice while patting the belly as a sign of communication with the fetus. After five months of pregnancy, the fetus’ senses will be more developed, and it will begin to perceive its mother’s emotions, voice and external sound.
Traditional Prenatal Education
The earliest mention of prenatal education was stated in the book titled “Biographies for Women” and it says that “good prenatal education begins by not giving an evil eye, not listening to vile words and speaks without haughtiness.” Hence, one should be wary of what they say to a pregnant woman. Furthermore, places such as the market and funeral home should be avoided. Family members who have been to such places recently are advised to stay away from the pregnant woman. A pregnant woman should read more, avoid consuming unhealthy food and avoid overeating to prevent edema. Everyone around should maintain a harmonious atmosphere as well. These are all basic prenatal care that ought to be observed.
French linguist Dr. Afoliete Thomas Rees said “The words spoken by the mother while the fetus was still in her womb, serves as the basis for its speech and language”. This shows that fetus begins learning languages during pregnancy and it is necessary for the mother to speak to it frequently. According to Dr. Thomas Rees, he mentioned that if a fetus did not hear any speech during the pregnancy, it could result in the child developing difficulties in learning languages.
Mention the Fetus’ Name More Frequently
Speaking to an unborn fetus may be a slightly awkward thing to do. You can try to relieve that awkward feeling and create some intimacy by mentioning the name of the fetus. If you have yet to name the baby, you can always start by calling it “baby” or giving it a nickname. Although mothers are encouraged to speak to their fetus, avoid telling the fetus irrelevant content. Try to emphasis on the fetus’ presence, its parents’ emotions and it is loved. This dialogue filled with joy and affirmations have positive effects on both the mother and the fetus.
Dialogue provides Excellent Stimulation for the Fetus’ Brain
In order to give birth to an emotionally stable child, the mother needs to provide positive stimulation for its brain development during pregnancy. For example, if the mother appreciates and marvels the beauty of nature, this ‘awe’ from the mother is a form of positive stimulation for the fetus. Hence, the mother’s environment plays a significant part in molding the fetus’ character.
Fetus Loves the Voices of Its Parents
The sound vibrations coming from the mother echoes through her body and cells, hence rendering it louder than other sounds the fetus hear. The mother’s mood will also be conveyed directly to the fetus via hormones, so the mother should always maintain a calm demeanor. It is also believed that low pitch sounds like the father’s voice will be transmitted to the baby through the amniotic fluid, which will sound soothing to the fetus. Therefore, it is crucial that the father speak to the fetus regularly as well.