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Old Aug 21st, 2009, 03:59 AM   1
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Is my baby deaf?


Hi ladies,

Is there someway of knowing if your baby is deaf before its born? I am just curious as the other day I was helping my hubby cut wood with a very noisy circler saw (he was doing the cutting, I was just supporting) and every time he finished the fire alarm wood go off and NO movement from baby at all.

It may have been because I was standing up and I do tend to feel more when I am sitting/laying down but I have some hearing loss and my half brother is completely deaf and make me wonder.

My hubby and I discussed it and are both completely fine if it was deaf and would just learn to adapt (ie sign language) but if there was some way of knowing we could better prepare for it.

We havenít discussed it with anyone else and I know the hospital do checks when baby is born but do birth centres?

As I say this baby will be loved whatever happens and if she/he turns out to be deaf then we will adapt and help them as best we can, ideally I donít want my children to face any challenges in life but thatís not how life works so I am not going to dwell on that, but if there was some way of knowing now then at least I could prepare better and maybe start learning baby sign language now to be better prepared for when she or he is born.

Thanks ladies, also please share if your baby reacts to your voice or outside noises and when, I am currently 24 weeks.

Thanks x x x



 
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Old Aug 21st, 2009, 04:10 AM   2
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Kaden has quiet times and happy hour he does respond to some noises (especially when i had the mri scan) but alot of the time he doesnt take much notice....think he is usd to the noise of our house! dog barkin, kian shouting, me and my horrible singing!

I no this doent help u in anyway but i didnt want to read and run, im sure ur baby is fine hun



 
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Old Aug 21st, 2009, 04:13 AM   3
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I went to a pretty loud festival three weeks ago with pumping music (so right around 24 wks) and couldn't feel the baby move at all, which worried me, as the baby just the week before had reaction to a loud siren.

But I was pretty busy, standing up, etc. As soon as we got back to the hotel, and I laid down, I felt her moving. I think at 24 wks, your baby can still "hide" in parts of your womb that makes feeling movement harder.

Even now, I sometimes feel her move much more than other times...

As for reacting to voices, I can't decide with my LO as I usually talk to her when she starts kicking. And she hears my voice all day, she'd be sleep-deprived if she reacted to it each time



 
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Old Aug 21st, 2009, 04:14 AM   4
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Kaden has quiet times and happy hour he does respond to some noises (especially when i had the mri scan) but alot of the time he doesnt take much notice....think he is usd to the noise of our house! dog barkin, kian shouting, me and my horrible singing!

I no this doent help u in anyway but i didnt want to read and run, im sure ur baby is fine hun
It does honey thanks, its really nice when someone takes teh time to read and respound. plus most of me feels its fine, as until yesterday i havent felt anything while standind/walking/moving (this is my first) plus i am only 24 weeks so may still take time to respound, but i guess i will see.

Thanks for replying! Good luck in 3rd trimester, wont be long now



 
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Old Aug 21st, 2009, 04:17 AM   5
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I went to a pretty loud festival three weeks ago with pumping music (so right around 24 wks) and couldn't feel the baby move at all, which worried me, as the baby just the week before had reaction to a loud siren.

But I was pretty busy, standing up, etc. As soon as we got back to the hotel, and I laid down, I felt her moving. I think at 24 wks, your baby can still "hide" in parts of your womb that makes feeling movement harder.

Even now, I sometimes feel her move much more than other times...

As for reacting to voices, I can't decide with my LO as I usually talk to her when she starts kicking. And she hears my voice all day, she'd be sleep-deprived if she reacted to it each time
Thanks, that really helped put my mind at ease. as i say if he or she is then we will adapt but i dont want to start worrying if there is no need too. i work in a school so its prob got used to loud bells and stuff before.

Anyway, thank you so much for replying!



 
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I don't think there is any reason to worry at all... You have a very healthy attitude and I'm sure you'll baby will be fine.



 
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Old Aug 21st, 2009, 04:25 AM   7
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I don't think there is any reason to worry at all... You have a very healthy attitude and I'm sure you'll baby will be fine.
Thank you, i just feel so blessed to be pregnant and have the chance to be a mum then we will deal with whatever we need to. my husbands brother has learning disablities and heart preoblems etc and so there was the possibility of problems like that but so far everything looks ok, and if there was then i am sure between me, my husband and our faith we could cope.

Thanks for your reasurance x x x



 
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Old Aug 21st, 2009, 04:32 AM   8
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Aw - there's so much to worry about isnt there! I know that friends of our's had a baby with hearing difficulties (not deaf but needed grommits fitted) and they learned baby signing - the classes run so that baby learns with you, so I'm not sure its something that can be learned independently by the parents before baby arrives? Might be something to put to the back of your mind for worrying if it does happen - which is highly unlikely.

Can't offer any advice I'm afraid - but my little one doesnt seem to respond to much except sugar and me trying to sleep! There were road works (drilling etc) on the corner of my office's road yesterday and I was being all protective and putting my hands on my tum to drown out the noise (cos... that'll work... duh!) but she didnt bat an eyelid - no fidgeting or anything.

I think they are more cocooned in there than we can possibly imagine.



 
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Old Aug 21st, 2009, 04:35 AM   9
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I remember when i went to fireworks display heavely pregnant with my first child, i thought the loud bangs would make my baby jump but no their was no movement in there and she is fine and has very good hearing. I'm sure your baby will be fine



 
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Old Aug 21st, 2009, 04:49 AM   10
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I think babies do what they want when they want, and not necessarily when we think they should. Mine seems to be more active when it's quiet rather than noisy.

Another thought is.... the noise of a car engine or a washing machine is meant to help get a newborn to sleep, because there are similar noises inside your womb from your body doing its thing. A circular saw (correct me if I'm wrong) is a similar, if not a lot louder, noise so, ironically, it probably made baby more restful!



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