Ah, the joys of pregnancy. Nothing beats that moment when you’re able to hear the first heartbeat and feel the fluttering kicks of your little baby growing healthily inside of your belly.
From week 0 till week 40, have you ever wondered what else your baby is doing inside your womb? Certainly they must be doing something else besides floating in your womb and sleeping all day, right?
As research goes, your baby is having quite the party in their own little cubby space in your belly. No, they don’t sleep all day because they’ve got a whole list of fun activities to do before the day ends. And it’s not just them in their own world too — sometimes you’re part of their daily regimen, especially so when they hear you or your partner talking or singing softly to them. By week 22-24 of your pregnancy, their hearing senses would have developed well enough to recognise your voices and they may even respond with fluttering little kicks when they get all happy and excited!
Let’s find out what your little one is up to during your 40 weeks of pregnancy, shall we?
Yes, your baby sleeps most of the day. That’s not surprising at all, seeing as that that is when your little one goes through the most growth and development when they’re asleep. However, you may be surprised to learn that your baby isn’t sleeping for hours at one go, whether it’s at night or during the day.
In fact, although your baby spends about 95% of the time sleeping, they’re really just taking ~90-minute naps very often. We’re talking about sleeping for 90 minutes, waking up for 5-10 minutes, and then going back to sleep again. Of course, they can also get woken up suddenly when the surrounding is too noisy or when you’re exercising (such as walking or running).
Talk about exercise, you probably already know that babies love swimming in their mother’s womb. Your baby gets more and more active towards your 8 months along. Besides being a swimming champion, your baby is also a champ at flipping around, turning somersaults, and kicking and punching too!
You can feel it when they’re having fun and actively moving about during the pregnancy. Some mothers say the kicking feels like light fluttering, while some others say it actually feels like something ‘quickly crawling across their skin, but from the inside’.
Your baby often swallows the amniotic fluid surrounding it inside the placenta to maintain a balanced level. The fluid contains many vital components such as nutrients, hormones, and infection-fighting antibodies that pass from your body to theirs. Besides, it’s also good practice for their respiratory and digestive systems as they grow inside your belly.
Need a bit of an immunity boost for you and your baby? A hot cup of TYT Cold-Pressed Ginger with Red Dates should warm you right up and provide you with enough energy for the day besides strengthening your immunity system too!
Did you know that in your early pregnancy, the amniotic fluid used to be just plain water from your body? However, as your baby grows in your womb, the water is gradually replaced with your baby’s urine. That’s right, as weird as that sounds, your baby is swimming in their own pee, but only by definition.
As we’ve found out before this, babies swallow amniotic fluid to stimulate their digestive system. It’s then all excreted back out as ‘urine’ into the placenta afterwards to maintain the balance of the fluid levels.
Babies love playtime. You might have seen ultrasound photos of the little ones sucking on their thumbs and fingers in your belly, but have you seen photos of them swinging their umbilical cord around?
Since the umbilical cord is the only thing with them in the placenta that they can feel and touch, it’s their favourite toy to play with. They have lots of fun spinning and swimming around the cord — although sometimes it may lead to some emergency situations where the umbilical cord accidentally gets wrapped around the baby’s neck. That’s why ultrasounds are really important to make sure your baby isn’t getting into trouble before they’re even born.
At around 14 weeks, your baby’s ears are developed enough to start hearing low-frequency sounds from their surroundings. They hear your heartbeat, your stomach rumbling, and eventually, the soothing sound of your voice. By week 25-26, they’ll even be able to distinguish and respond to your voice too!
Sure, you can turn on some Mozart and hope for more brain development and an IQ boost, but researchers haven’t been able to prove that it works. Besides, the more you and your partner talk to your baby in your belly, the more they will recognise your voice as soon as they’re born. So, sing them lullabies, read them some children books, and talk to them whenever you feel bored or lonely. This helps to strengthen the bond between you and your baby (and your baby daddy), especially after they are born, when they recognise your voices.