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Can my baby hear before she's born?

Can my baby hear before she's born?
Submitted by American Baby Team

Your baby's ears begin to grow when you're about eight weeks pregnant and are completely formed by about 24 weeks. But your baby can start hearing her first sounds -- like your heartbeat or blood whooshing through the umbilical cord -- around 18 weeks, when the bones of the inner ear and the nerve endings from the brain are developed enough. She may even be startled by loud noises!
By week 25, your baby can start to hear your voice and your partner's, and will soon start to recognize them -- so this is a great time to chat your baby up and read to her. Another interesting fact: Research shows that a baby's heart rate often slows down when her mom is speaking, a sign that she not only hears and recognizes the sound, but is calmed by it. Your voices will sound a bit muffled to your baby -- about as well as you hear under water -- because the ears are still covered with vernix, the thick, sticky coating that protects the skin from becoming chapped by the amniotic fluid.
You may notice your baby's movements change in response to sounds -- like a sudden kick after a door slams, for example. In fact, some doctors suggest getting your baby accustomed to sounds she's likely to hear as a newborn (like the vacuum cleaner or dishwasher) now, so they won't be as likely to wake her up or make her cry once she's born. --Karin A. Bilich

The answers from our experts are for educational purposes only. Please always refer to your child's pediatrician and mental health expert for more in-depth advice.

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Your baby can hear you properly from the 6th month of your pregnancy. I know this because I did talk to my baby before he was born as my mother in law told me that fetuses can hear things outside the tummy as much as we do hear things happening next door. Hence it helps the yet to be born baby to recognize his mother's voice and hence he feels safe and protected. I came across this blog a couple of days back which also talks about the same issue in brief. Do read it http://goo.gl/UQthJ
Submitted by das_gayatri
yes the baby can hear
Submitted by desireeerik
how can you tell your having a boy or a girl is it true if belly is high its a boy and low is a girl? or is it the other way.
Submitted by 96cowgirl
im 15weeks and this is my first child and im barely showing is that a good sign?
Submitted by 96cowgirl
yes they can
Submitted by shomper15