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Babies Hear Syllables in the Womb
Lots of expectant fathers will put their mouths on their pregnant wives’ bulging tummies and talk to their unborn children. Some may think it’s silly, but it turns out that not only can the babies hear their fathers, they can distinguish between their fathers’ and mothers’ voices.
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), says babies understand human speech as early as three months before birth and can distinguish between spoken syllables like “ga” and “ba”.
Scientists already knew that babies could hear noises in the womb because the ear and the part of the brain that allow this are formed by around 23 weeks’ gestation. But they didn’t know if babies could distinguish between different noises and react accordingly.
This study confirms what one MOST mom already knew. Treika Morgret’s triplet boys were born at 34 weeks. She was too weak after delivery to visit them in the NICU until three days later. One of her sons was busy kicking his feet in his isolette when she spoke to him for the first time. “All of a sudden, he went still,” Morgret said. “We could tell he was thinking, Wait! I know that voice! I haven’t heard it for a while, but I recognize it! It was amazing. I really felt like he was my child at that moment because he knew me. He was listening for me.”
To carry out their research, scientists studied a dozen sleeping newborns born between 28 and 32 weeks’ gestation. They used powerful non-invasive scanners to analyze the babies’ brain signals while they played different voice recordings.
The study points out that while the findings are interesting, life experience is crucial for language development. Read the full article here.
Resources: Rocky Mountain Learning Systems
May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month
About 1 out of 3 women pregnant with multiples reported in the MOST Medical Birth Survey a diagnosis of high blood pressure or preeclampsia. Signs and symptoms can be subtle. Do you know the signs and symptoms? Visit The Preeclampsia Foundation for info (English and Spanish). If you are an expectant parent of high-risk twins, triplets, quads or quints (or more!) find out more information in MOST’s book: Expecting Multiples: A Comprehensive Guide as early in your pregnancy as possible.
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