Prenatal Stimulation For A Smart Baby
By Olivia Lim and Safia
Most parents think that parenting only starts after baby is born,
but current research is proving otherwise. From the moment you learn
that you are pregnant, you can start to stimulate and communicate
with your baby.
Think of the womb as your child's first world, so whatever he
experiences in the womb will shape his expectations of life after
birth. This means that the prenatal period (time between conception
and birth) is the critical time to establish the basic architecture
of the brain and build the foundations for its future potential.
Also, research in the field of prenatal stimulation found that
external stimulation such as stroking the unborn baby through the
belly, playing soft and melodious music, as well as light and
vibrations are pleasurable to the baby.
Baby learns life's first lesson in the womb
When a mother actively engages her unborn baby in prenatal
communication and stimulation, she is actually creating a conducive
womb environment that will create a positive influence on her baby's
According to Dr Thomas R. Verny – the world's leading expert on
the effects of prenatal and early postnatal environment on
personality development – prenatal stimulation bodes well for
healthy fetal development.
"Every minute, there are new brain cells being formed in the
unborn child. And as the new brain cells are being formed, pathways
or circuits are being formed along the lines that help assist
communication for whatever the child the needs. For example, the
child will obviously need to breathe, the child will need to move
when he is born, the eyelids will need to open and close; so all
these organs and all the nervous tissue that supply these organs has
to start developing long before birth.
It's the same thing with the brain circuits. The more you
stimulate a child's skin, or the more you stimulate its auditory
nerves (hearing) the more those pathways will develop and become
stronger so that when the child is born, he or she is better
prepared for the world."
5 prenatal tips to shape your child's future today
Here are some suggestions on what you can do today to stimulate
and communicate with your unborn baby:
Converse with your unborn baby
One of the simplest ways for you to do that is to start
communicating with your baby as if he or she is already present
with you. Treat your baby as a conscious being. Begin talking,
singing or even humming to your baby. This will help them get used
to your voice and begin to recognize language formations.
Think about your baby
Although your baby is not physically present with you at this
moment, you can still think about him now and about the time when
you would meet soon. Your baby will be able to sense your loving
thoughts and this will provide him with a sense of comfort, love
Use daily experiences to prepare your baby for life after
The prenatal experience is all about preparing your baby for
life after birth. So it is only fitting that you use normal,
everyday experiences to share with your baby. It is all about
showing your baby your lifestyle and the world that he will be
born into. Make an experience out of the little activities in your
daily life. Talk about your experiences to your baby no matter how
mundane or ordinary it may seem to you. Remember, what seems
ordinary to you is certainly not ordinary for your baby!
Reach out touch your baby
You may have noticed that you frequently rub, pat or touch your
tummy throughout the day. Perhaps it is because we unconsciously
know that this is one way of physically reaching out and
communicating with the unborn baby. You can touch your belly in
different ways and explain the difference of each touch to your
baby as you do that i.e. patting, stroking, rubbing and so
on. You can make tummy-rubbing a frequent daily exercise as you
shower, while you are using an anti-stretch mark cream on your
tummy and even patting your tummy in time to the music you are
Keep stress at bay or under control
Maternal stress has a direct and negative impact on the
formation of your baby's personality even as early as in the womb.
You see, your baby is totally dependant on you for all of his or
her needs, including physical, psychological and emotional
content. You have to remember that your baby is still at an
extremely fragile and fertile state of development, so you have to
be careful about the kind of environment and influences that you
are creating for him or her.
While it may take some time for you to get the hang of
communicating with your unborn baby, rest assured that it will get
easier as you continue to practice some of the suggestions above.
After a while, it will become as natural as your performing your
other normal, everyday routine. And the best part is, studies have
shown that parents who engage in prenatal stimulation report having
a closer and strong bond with their children. So take the time to
stimulate and communicate with your baby during your pregnancy!
The authors of this article are also the Founders of
http://www.brightbellybaby.com These 2 friends, Olivia, a
professional writer and Safia, a registered nurse, are
passionate about creating a stronger awareness among expectant
mothers on the importance of prenatal stimulation. They have
just created an audio CD featuring an interview with Dr
Thomas R. Verny which is available on their website.
Visit their website to listen to excerpts of the CD or
learn more about prenatal stimulation by signing up for your FREE Prenatal Stimulation Email Course at