For generations, new moms and dads to be have been talking to their new fetus as it grows and develops - some won't admit it, but we all have done it!  Well, new research is proving that not only can the baby hear you, but he or she can understand and even begin to learn and remember things!

Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images
Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images

The science behind the study states that the sound-processing part of the brain begins functioning in the last trimester of pregnancy - so during the last three months of the pregnancy, your baby can hear and start to form sound memories!  This, coupled with the idea that a mother's abdomen actually carries sound very well, ensures that all of those premature lullabies aren't wasted!

It's important to note that there is no evidence that drilling your fetus with multiplication tables or reciting Shakespeare will benefit the baby down the road.  So don't feel like you need to go crazy to make sure he or she gets into Yale!  And, playing music or yelling too loud can actually damage the baby's ears!  So be cautious!

I just thought it was nice to hear that something new mommies and daddies do instinctively does actually have an impact, even if it's just getting used to the sound of our voices!



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