before birth

United States
May 17, 2007 1:49pm CST
I have heard that it helps a childs develop and makes babies more alert at birth when you talk, sing, read and play music for unborn child. Did any of you do this while you were pregant? Do you think your baby was more active and alert due to this? I did all of these things when I was pregant and my son was very active and alert right after birth. I even had family members come to me in recovery and told me that my son was trying to get out of his bassinet. he had his legs thrown over the side of the thing!! The nurses all told me that he was the most active and alert child in there. They said he would just move his head whereever he wanted it to go and looked in the direction of voices when he heard them!! What do you think?
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@kuting (887)
• Philippines
21 May 07
yes i think that doing things such as reading, talking and playing music while babies are still inside the womb has a great effect when they are born. i did all this things when i was pregnant. back then, i was reall lonely coz his fathr abandoned us. i would talk to my baby as if he's a grown up. i constantly tell him that mom loves him so much and even if there's only the two us, i'd do everything i can for him and he has to help me. i tell him that im hoping he would make it easy for both of us, the delivery and his temperament. i also played a lot of classical music so that he'd be a quiet baby. when he was born, the nurses said that he's the quiet one in the nursery. even when we were already home, he would cry only when he's hungry and i am the only one who could hear his soft cries. now he's 6months and he becoming more curious of his surroundings. all the time, he keeps people around him happy with his feats. he's a really happy baby.
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• United States
21 May 07
congrats on the new baby!! yes, mine is more of a wild child. not to much quietness around here!! but both me and my husband are pretty loud people!! our son definattly knows he has a voice and he is only 3 mo.
@kumbarn14 (729)
• Pakistan
19 May 07
You are right do everything good when you are pregnant brings a great effect to the baby and also watch TV, avoid watching unwanted movies but education,great researches, something people have achieved in life. Even reading your holy book and practising some holy events. I am a Muslim I fasted for 30 days,one whole month, which gives so much of blessing to the baby and also pray 5 times a day during the holy Month of Ramazan.I have a son very adorable, with the blessing of Almighty Allah he is a Private Pilot.
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• United States
21 May 07
yes, i do believe that their is some truth behind it!! thank you for your responce!!
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
18 May 07
I'm not really sure either, i mean, whenever i drove anywhere the music was always up nice & loud for me, i used to bop while driving along. I cant say i read to my belly but i did talk to it - i'm not much of a singer but i'm sure i was singing along to all my favourite songs when they played! My daughter is quite advanced for her age & was very alert when she was born, she had amazing neck muscles at birth & would try to lift her head from the moment she came out. I cant say it's because of the music or anything but i guess anything's possible!
• United States
18 May 07
yes i anything is possible. how old is your daughter? she is so cute!!
@archer1811 (1099)
• Philippines
18 May 07
yah? i did that also to my son, maybe what you're saying is right, my son is so active and smart this result shows specially now that he is going to school.. he also loves music in fact when he was still a baby he cant sleep without music..
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• United States
18 May 07
that is great!! i hope that his love for music continues!!
@fei1123 (56)
• China
18 May 07
I don't know much about this.But I have known something in the tv and the web.I think before you have a birth,you can listen to some music and often walk outside.And you should eat something heathy.
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• United States
18 May 07
yes, that is very true!!
@chardyme (1633)
• Philippines
18 May 07
i heard about it too, i think it is true. my wife was pregnant before and she is going for cesarian, but then her sister told her to play music on her womb and it work, she made a normal delivery when her labor came.
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• United States
18 May 07
kudos for her!! unfortually the music did not work for me. I tried singing to my little boy while in labor because i was not progressing needless to say i think we got way to excited from the singing i ended up doing an er section because during singing he turned and got the cord wraped around him 3 times!!
@MisterPlus (1917)
• Philippines
18 May 07
My sister did the same thing too . She let the baby listen while in her . Now the boy is very bright and he could read really read at 4 years old.
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• United States
18 May 07
wow, that is great!! smart child!!
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
17 May 07
From the time I found out I was pregnant with my son, I talked to him all the time. I listened to a lot of music while I was pregnant, too. I still read to him every single day, and talk to him as well. He's 15 months old now, and talks in complete sentences. He likes to pretend to read the paper with me. He will identify animals or say girl or boy from looking at the pictures in the newspaper. I don't know if it had anything to do with reading and playing music to him when I was pregnant or not. But I know it couldn't have hurt anything! I will probably do the same thing with all my children. Of course, when I have another one, I will be reading to my son anyway, so the new baby would hear that, too.
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• United States
18 May 07
yes they will. are you planning on haveing another soon?
• United States
17 May 07
I was in my first semester back to school while I was pregnant. I would read my books aloud and do my homework. I think that it did make her smart at one year she is very intelligent and she understands almost everything I say. I think that it is important anyway to read to your children when they are young. They absorb so much at this age.
• United States
18 May 07
yes they do. it is amazing the stuff they pick up!!
@syndibee (799)
• United States
17 May 07
i think when you do these things it helps with the bond and connection you share with the baby. now i don't think a baby in womb knows if it's being sung to or read to or anything but i do think they hear the voices around and i believe they can feel the caresses of their parents when they are pat or rubbed through their mothers abdomen. i do believe that the interaction before birth does make the baby more curious about the world that they enter right after birth. i believe that all babies are also very alert at birth. i wonder how many mothers the nurses say such things to just to build the mothers pride. i've never worked in a hospital nursery so couldn't begin to interpret how all babies are right after birth. i only have the experience of my own and a couple of friends and family members babies, all were very alert the first several hours after birth before they got tired. i think the endophrines and adreneline released during child birth have alot to do with this process.
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• United States
18 May 07
yes, i do also believe that it helps with the bond and yes you could be right about the rest!! I guess it is one of those things we will never really know the truth to!!
• United States
17 May 07
I did all of this with both my pregnancys. I dont really know if it makes a difference But i think so. My kids seem toi be that much smarter than other kids. They both walked before a year and were talking sentences at 18 months. Maybe it does Help.
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• United States
17 May 07
i think so to my baby is only 3 mo and is trying very hard to crawl and i give him any day now untill he really gets the hang of it and is up and gone. he is also saying hey and dada already!!
@diillu (5128)
17 May 07
I just don't know about this but it is true that after the baby becomes six month in womb then they start to feel mothers emotions such as when they are happy,sad ..etc..and just like you said reading,playing music..etc helps alot..!!!
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• United States
17 May 07
thanks!! just is one of those things you hear and you wonder if there is really any truth behind it. i figured that if i could get enough moms to respond i might be able to figure it out!!
• Norway
22 May 07
This is just bullshit because an unbirth child wont notise anything.
• United States
22 May 07
they do notice stuff. babies know their mothers voice at birth.