A baby inside your belly is not just sitting there waiting to be born. Every moment of womb time is taken up by growing, developing, learning, and changing and that’s just BEFORE making his or her way down the birth canal and out into the world.
A baby in the womb is doing so many shocking things. Not only are they learning to move their fingers, toes and limbs (something we all feel so distinctly), they are also sometimes dreaming, sometimes yawning, sometimes sucking their thumb, and a million other truly astounding things. Here are seven amazing things your baby can already do when he or she is inside your belly:
When you sneeze, it scares your baby! He or she may startle from inside the womb to the sound of mom sneezing or a dog barking or any other kind of loud, sudden noise. You may have felt it and not even known what it was. How cool is that?
My daughter was sucking her thumb before she was even born, something I learned early on in the pregnancy when we looked in and there she was, sucking away! Now, 6 years later, she is still going strong.
A baby’s sense of smell starts to develop in the womb. Amazingly, they will even jump at the smell of cigarette smoke. By the end of the first trimester, a baby can smell the foods his mother eats. How incredible is that?
There is nothing cuter than a baby yawning. Except a baby yawning INSIDE the womb. How adorable is that? It’s not a shock, though. Things have to get kind of boring the old mama belly. Yawn away, little one.
It is said that babies have rapid eye movement in the womb in the later months that indicates that maybe (just maybe) they are dreaming. What does a fetus who has never seen anything dream of? This is what I wonder.