An infant's first cry may occur not in the delivery room, but in the womb, researchers have found.
With the help of video-recorded ultrasound images, the investigators found that a group of third-trimester fetuses showed evidence of "crying behavior" in response to a low-decibel noise played on the mother's abdomen.
Fetuses showed a "startle" response to the noise, along with deep inhalations and exhalations, an open mouth and a "quivering" chin --- all signs of crying.
The behavior, seen in 11 fetuses, began as early as the 28th week of pregnancy.
[ Reuters Health, Sept 9 2005 ]
I wonder how they would react to a mother's grumbling stomach. Maybe it's a bad idea to have a sick stomach when you're pregnant. It might give your baby a lot of "noisy moments."
And if there's discomfort, there must be happiness, too. The study above lends credence to findings of other studies that show that babies can remember music they heard in the womb more than a year after birth.
Have you heard about the Mozart Effect? It says that music can influence our development. Can classical make babies smarter? Presently, there is still controversy over this, and more studies are needed to come up with a definite conclusion. But many researchers believe that playing music to babies in the womb, helps build the neural bridges along which thoughts and information travel in the developing brain of the young.
If I were a baby inside my mother's womb again, I think I'd prefer classical music over my mom's stomach sounds. Whether it makes me smarter or not, at least I can say, my stay in the womb had been a pleasant one. 'Just a thought.