7 things you never knew babies learnt in the womb

Get a load of these amazing things that bubba is practising even before they emerge from your tummy!

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From the moment you hold your newborn baby for the first time, he’s already been shaped by the environment that he’s lived in for the past nine months or so…in your womb!

Indeed, learning begins way before bubba makes his way into the world. Sometimes, you may feel your little one jab you in the ribs when you gulp down a cold glass of juice, or he seems to do somersaults when he hears daddy singing to your bump. These are signs that your baby is simply developing his senses and practising his newfound skills.

Here are talents you never knew bubba was picking up in utero.

1. Breathing

Ever wondered why that first cry in the delivery room is so important? That’s because the first cry enables your little one to test his lungs for the very first time ― by letting in that first whoosh of air, he’s stimulating breathing. In actual fact, the foetus practises this motion of crying and breathing after just 9 weeks of gestation in the womb. He’s preparing for that first big cry that will allow their lungs to fill with air.

Most doctors aid baby with this arduous task by using suction to clear his throat and lungs. He may also be rubbed down gently, so that the stimulation would encourage your baby to give a good yell!

The first cry enables your little one to test his lungs for the very first time ― by letting in that first whoosh of air, he’s stimulating breathing.

2. Tasting

Long before your peewee gets his first taste of breastmilk, or his first mouthful of pumpkin purée, his taste buds would have to get used to the various flavours in your amniotic fluid. According to one study, a baby’s exposure to a certain flavour while in the mother’s womb raises the likelihood that the baby will enjoy that particular flavour during weaning when he takes solid foods.  

It’s also been proven that babies are predisposed to like sweet flavours more than salty, bitter and sour flavours ― they swallow more amniotic fluid when their mummies take sweet stuff!

3. Smiling

You shouldn’t doubt that you caught your baby in the middle of a smile during the 4D imaging scan. We now know that babies practise different facial expressions, even in utero! From about 26 weeks, your baby will start exercising those facial muscles, perhaps even giving a wide grin. Just know that those first smiles don’t really mean that bubba is happy ― they are reflex smiles, similar to his jerky limb movements in the first few weeks of his birth.