Your Fetus As An Active Learner
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.
Recent research indicates that the growing fetus is more than an
unfeeling organism, but that it is actually an active learner!
Experiments done with fiber optics, for example, show that the fetus
turns away when light is shined on it; other studies show an increase in
heart rate and changes in the movement in the fetus when loud music is
played, or when the mother is experiencing states of stress. These
observations suggest that even before birth there are specific behaviors
being modified and changed in response to experience, and that the fetus
is in the process of learning all about them.
You can take advantage of these findings and use your pregnancy as an
opportunity to begin the process of educating your child.
- Sing or hum softly to your fetus; the sounds provide an introduction
to rhythm and tone that will be important to later language development.
- Avoid highly stressful situations which can expose your fetus to
hormone levels that block pre-natal learning.
- Finally, pursue your own learning activities, whatever they are.
While the fetus will not learn directly from these experiences, your own
mental attitude will be a kind of comfort and security to her that will
provide her with the basis for a positive attitude toward learning after
she is born.
Programmed and Hosted by
The Parenting Resource Center on the Web.
Last modified: Oct 24, 1995