Yes, pregnancy is not the magical time you envisaged. It involves leg cramps, backaches, stretch marks and nausea. But in spite of all these discomforts you cannot but help feeling fascinated by the life that is growing inside you.
For all those of you out there who are currently struggling with various unwelcome symptoms of pregnancy, here are a few facts about your baby inside to make you smile.
1. Your baby can taste the food you eat: Garlic, ginger and sweets are known to change the flavour of amniotic fluid. When you eat these foods the flavours can be detected in your amniotic fluid. From as early as 15 weeks your baby will show a preference for sweet flavours by swallowing more amniotic fluid when it is sweet, and less when it is bitter. So your taste buds are probably rubbing off on them as you eat!
2.Your baby cries silently in your womb: Yes, this can be a little disconcerting to know. But it is a scientifically observed fact that babies exhibit a trembling bottom lip when crying in there. They were also seen displaying traditional crying behaviour such as opening their mouths, depressing their tongues and breathing irregularly. So please be careful not to startle the little one.
3.Your baby is bonding with you: As you go about your routine business your baby is listening in actively. This is especially true for the last ten weeks of pregnancy. They do not understand what you are saying of course, but they start recognizing your voice. They will also recognize your favourite songs from the tunes if you have been playing them while pregnant. But the flip side of it is that they also react to any stress that you feel. It is seen that your anxiety actually results in subtle and surprising movements by the baby inside. So please do try to relax.
4.Your baby has facial expressions: Yes, your baby is probably practicing their winning smile right now. They have also learned to open their eyes by week 28. They turn away from the bright light with a slight frown and sometimes show their displeasure with a wrinkled nose and a stretched mouth.
5.They are breathing in there: Your baby gets the oxygen they need through the umbilical cord. During pregnancy, but they still need to practice breathing for when they are born. This starts as early as nine weeks. They start going through the motions, practicing breathing and perfecting this necessary skill. Your baby’s first breath, which they are practicing so hard for, is triggered by both the sudden change in temperature and environment when they are born.
Now you are privy to the secrets of what is keeping your baby busy in there. So look out for the signs that only you as a mother can feel. Also, discuss with your doctor how you can help bond better with your baby in the womb.