What Babies Learn During Pregnancy

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By Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CCCE and Tracy Wilson Peters, CCCE, CLD, CLE are authors of “The Greatest Pregnancy Ever: Keys to the Mother/Baby Bond”.  <http://www.thegreatestpregnancyever.com>

According to Bruce Lipton in Biology of Belief, all of the information babies receive from their mother in the womb serves as a special lesson plan for adapting to their new world. Mothers are teaching their babies about their world throughout their pregnancy, via special neuropeptides sent through the placenta, which Candace Pert refers to as “Molecules of Emotion”. This is the basis for the bond between a mother and her baby and is the beginning of the school of life.

The placenta acts as a highly advanced communication device between the two. Whatever a mother experiences, her developing fetus experiences also. If a mother feels anxiety or stress, her heart rate increases, adrenaline spikes and cortisol increases as she moves into a state of fight or flight and the fetus experiences this as well. The March of Dimes reports that chronic stress in pregnancy can lead to health problems in the mother, such as preterm delivery, high blood pressure and other medical issues. It can also lead to a baby who cries more, sleeps less, and is anxious. Conversely, when a mother has joyful, loving, and compassionate emotions, it helps to contribute to a healthier womb environment. Less stress leads to healthier development for babies.

This unique communication between a mother and baby is how the baby’s emotional intelligence or EQ is created. In Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence, he acknowledges that a healthy EQ is more important for long-term happiness throughout a lifetime than a high IQ.

The realization that you are your child’s first teacher can empower mothers to make better choices, which include learning stress reduction techniques, eating healthy foods and practicing conscious decision making. Mothers have the power to change the world when they choose to teach their babies lessons of love during pregnancy.

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