Can my foetus hear me? Talking to your unborn baby

Most women get used to their pregnant bellies – by talking to the baby within. Beginning in the second trimester of pregnancy, your baby can detect sounds from outside your body.The voices, tunes and noises she hears in utero do, in fact, help her get used to the environment she’ll enter at birth.The louder a sound, of course, the more likely your baby can hear it. The sounds your cutie gets used to in utero will be less likely to startle her after she’s born.Mommy is the clearestWhen you’re pregnant, the clearest noise your baby will be able to make out is yours. When you speak, the sound of your voice reverberates through your bones and the rest of your body, amplifying it. Studies have shown that a fetus’s heart rate increases when she hears her mother’s voice, suggesting your baby becomes more alert when you speak. So reading out loud, carrying on conversations and singing the songs you’ll be repeating to your baby over the coming years will help her to get to know your voice.But don’t despair, Dad — babies also learn to recognize other voices (including yours!) and sounds that they hear often in utero. Researchers have discovered that newborns react differently to words and sounds that were repeated daily throughout the third trimester compared to those they never heard during pregnancy.Noise does have the possibility to cause some developmental damage or hearing loss in a growing baby when it’s loud, prolonged and repeated. So, keep those heavy metal concerts few and far in between.You might have heard that playing classical music to your baby in the womb can boost his or her IQ or give her a foundation for a better education — but there’s no proof that this is the case. That said, there’s also no harm in putting on your favourite tunes - your baby might just learn to love the music.