When a child starts learning is a controversial issue. Annie Murphy Paul explains to us how learning begins in the fetus, through the 9 months that the mother carries her baby. Babies learn voice, language, taste, culture and many more characteristics within the womb. Before being born, a fetus learns about the life that they will have as they are born and as they grow up. It is important for mothers to be aware that they can enrich their babies and shape them into the people they will become.
A mother’s stress level and way of life during those 9 months can determine the child’s growth and lifestyle in their future survival. A mother’s sense of responsibility is what determines if the child will grow healthy and live a long life. What this means is that a mother must be responsible in her behavior and lifestyle while pregnant. i.e. drugs, alcohol, caffeine, stress, etc. Staying away from unhealthy and damaging lifestyles for your baby is ESSENTIAL if you want your child to grow into a healthy life, with the proper diet and proper manner of life. Annie also talks about an experiment done on pregnant women who encountered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during the disaster of September 11 and how their children grew to be susceptible to PTSD.
For all your women out there, is important to understand this effect in order to prevent any negative contributions to your future child’s life. Hope that this is not going in from one ear and out from another because as many pregnant women out there do not take these things seriously, studies have show them to be true. Take your health seriously, if not for yourself, then do it for the child you are bearing or will bear in the future. BE HEALTHY, BE SAFE!