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What can my baby sense in the womb?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
You may think, as your baby grows inside of you, that he's floating around in a muted, dark place that's basically the wet and warm equivalent of solitary confinement. While it's true that your baby doesn't have a tricked-out womb complete with surround sound, wireless Internet, or an oceanfront view, don't make the mistake of thinking that his senses are lying dormant until he's born. In fact, in utero is the exact time when his five senses start kicking in - not only in response to what he needs now but also to help prepare him for all the things he'll need to do once he relocates to the outside world.

Sensory development is one of the more amazing processes of pregnancy - especially because your unborn baby's senses really serve as a proxy for his overall brain development. While senses manifest themselves through such things as mouths, ears, eyes, noses, and fingers, the real sensory magic happens in his brain.
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