10 Things Babies Do In The Womb All Day

What do babies do in the womb all day? If you or your partner is pregnant, you might be curious about what that little guy or gal you’re anxiously awaiting is doing to pass the time (other than those 3 AM karate practice sessions and dance parties, of course!) Today, we’re going to check out a little more about what life is like for the sweet little person growing inside you. You just might be surprised at everything baby’s doing in there!

Ever wonder what babies do in the womb?

Ever wonder what babies do in the womb?

What Do Babies Do in the Womb All Day?

You’ve probably never thought quite this much about someone you’ve never met! And while you may have several ultrasounds during your prenatal checkups, the time you’ll actually get to see what your baby is doing in there will only amount to minutes at most. Thankfully, doctors and scientists can tell you all about what that tiny person growing inside you is up to when you’re not looking.

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  1. Let’s Eat, Baby!

Once any feelings of morning sickness have passed, you may have noticed that growing a whole new person makes you very hungry! That’s because your baby’s eating a little bit of everything you eat via the placenta, which delivers nutrients and oxygen and eliminates fetal waste matter. This is why it’s so important to follow basic food safety tips for pregnant women, like ordering your burger or steak well done and washing all fruits and vegetables thoroughly before enjoying. Interestingly enough, what you’re eating during pregnancy may actually affect your baby’s food preferences later on, so heap that spinach onto your plate now!

  1. A Womb with a View

Those beautiful baby blues (or greens, or browns!) began developing early in your first trimester, possibly before you even knew you were pregnant. By the end of your second trimester, your baby can open his eyes! It’s true that there isn’t much for baby to look at in the womb, but he may respond to a bright light, like a flashlight, pointed toward your tummy. But don’t worry about visual stimulation! Once your little one is here, he’ll be fascinated by the fun, colorful baby rattles and other toys you have waiting for him.

  1. Do You Hear What I Hear?

Like your baby’s eyes, those little ears start growing in the first weeks of pregnancy. During the second trimester, they’ve developed enough to detect sound outside the womb. And of all the things baby hears, Mom’s voice is the clearest. Now’s a great time to start playing music and singing to your baby! And if you work or otherwise spend time in a very noisy environment, it’s worth investigating the possibility of switching to a quieter one to protect your baby’s hearing.

  1. Hic—Hic—Hiccup!

Do you sometimes notice fetal movement that seems way too rhythmic and regular to be kicks or punches? It’s entirely possible that you’re feeling your baby hiccupping! It’s always a good idea to check with your doctor if the movement concerns you, but hiccups are usually normal fetal behavior. And they’re likely to continue once your baby’s here, especially when she’s eating. If she’s not bothered by it, chances are there’s nothing to worry about.

  1. Before You Count Kisses, Count Kicks

When you feel those first few kicks, you may wonder if that’s what they really are. They can be pretty faint and feel more like little flutters or bubbles than active baby feet. But as your baby grows, you won’t have much doubt about what’s going on in there. Your practitioner will recommend that you count baby’s kicks, as this can help identify potential problems. If you’re new to this, check out this helpful chart for keeping track of your baby’s daily (and, oof, nightly!) activity.

  1. Thumbs Up, Baby!

Thumb sucking is a common childhood habit, and babies waste no time in getting started. You may have even seen your baby chowing down on one of his cute little fingers on an ultrasound. Here’s what’s really interesting: the hand your baby prefers in the womb very well may indicate his right- or left-handedness. Are you concerned about this habit continuing when baby is born? Pediatricians will reassure you that it’s generally not a problem in your child’s earliest years.

  1. Super Slumber Party

What’s your baby doing the most when she’s growing inside you? She’s actually spending the majority of her time snoozing. If pregnancy and life have you feeling exhausted (very common!), try to sneak a nap in when it’s possible. A common piece of advice for new parents is to “sleep when your baby sleeps,” and there’s no better time to catch a few Zs than when your body can take care of baby on autopilot. That pile of laundry can wait!

  1. Dream Big, Little One

This is (as you can imagine!) a very difficult phenomenon to study closely, but researchers now think it’s possible that your baby has his first dreams when he’s still in the womb. It’s a pretty sweet thing to consider, since you’ve no doubt been dreaming of the day you’ll meet this amazing little person for months now. If you’re preparing your baby’s nursery for many more nights of sweet dreams, check out some basic crib safety tips, like zipping your little one up into a cozy sleep sack. It’s a great way to provide baby with the snug feeling of a traditional swaddle without having to worry about a loose blanket in his sleep area. Sleep tight, sweet baby!

  1. Growing All the Time

One of your baby’s most important jobs in utero is to do lots of growing—both up and out. It’s hard to imagine, but in the 38 weeks between conception and your due date, your little one grows from nearly invisible to somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 inches long and eight pounds (with lots of room for variation, of course!) Are you curious about how big your baby might be today? Check out this week-by-week fetal growth chart. Each week, you can usually compare your baby’s size to that of a different fruit or veggie.

  1. Turn, Turn, Turn

Babies twist and turn quite a bit when they’re on the inside. If you’re getting close to your due date, you may be concerned about the position of your baby. The best course of action, as always, is to talk to your doctor. He or she may be able to physically help your baby into the safest position for delivery, which is head-down and facing away from your belly. You may even find that your baby turns on her own right before she’s ready to be born.

Now that you know a little more about what your baby’s doing in your womb all day (and night!), you might feel a little closer to her. You also might feel a bit reassured by what can often seem like very strange happenings in your belly. More than anything, you’re probably anxious to meet your precious boy or girl and see all of these adorable and funny behaviors for yourself. If you’re noticing things like kicks, hiccups, and flips, it won’t be long before that big day. Congratulations!

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