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Old Oct 16th, 2009, 11:39 AM   1
Vega80
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Can Baby feel mom's emotions in the womb??


Hi ladies,

Does anyone know if a fetus can feel or sense their monther's emotions as she's experiencing them? I tried googling this question to hopefully find some research but can't seem to find anything.

I've been having several (severe) angry spells this week and I'm worried that Baby can sense the negativity. Things that used to just irritate me now send me off into a full blown Rage Spiral of Doom, like idiot drivers on the commute home, my boss catching a mistake I made (I'm being overly dramatic btw). I'm not one to outwardly express emotions so I sit and stew in rage for awhile.

I just don't want my Baby to be raging at the world right out of the womb!!



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Old Oct 16th, 2009, 11:43 AM   2
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I've been told that they can sense our emotions, like how we handle stress during pregnancy helps determine how they handle stress outside of the womb - so I try really hard to stay calm, especially when driving because I am the exact same way - and really, even if he can't feel what I'm feeling... it's healthier for me to just stay calm and relaxed so it's a win/win



 
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Old Oct 16th, 2009, 11:44 AM   3
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I sympathise with the anger. I'm not sure is the answer, I would imagine they can but don't keep hold of them although my mother says that as she was a neurotic preggy lady she has bred a neurotic daughter me.... not sure if I believe that.

are there some nice things you can do for you to chillout in the eve? sing songs to baby etc etc?



 
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Old Oct 16th, 2009, 11:47 AM   4
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my mum was/is calm, fair, relaxed... i am angry, neurotic and have a temper! so i'm not sure either x



 
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Old Oct 16th, 2009, 11:47 AM   5
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when we feel different emotions our body releases certain chemicals... baby is stimulated by these chemicals just as we are. Thats why stress isnt good when pregnant. Its a good question, I'd be interested in finding out more on this but there isnt a lot of info out there unfortunately... I find laughing lots sends my little man into a kicking frenzy lol



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Old Oct 16th, 2009, 11:53 AM   6
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Thanks guys... I'm just so worried at the thought that I'm doing some premanent damage to my baby. I'd much rather be sad as it's easier (for me at least) to bring myself around to a happier, more peaceful place. It's harder for me to talk myself down from being angry. No time like the present to practice, though.



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Old Oct 16th, 2009, 13:01 PM   7
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Well, different emotions release different chemicals in your body. While, I don't think it does any damage to the baby, the baby probably does feel some sort of physical effects from it. I'm not sure what physical effects those would be since it's really hard to tell what you are feeling physically from anger as opposed to what you are feeling emotionally. Just remember that anger is a natural emotion just like happiness and sadness. Nature is a pretty smart cookie so I'm sure that your body and the babies body have ways of dealing with any of the physical effects.



 
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Old Oct 16th, 2009, 13:18 PM   8
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when we feel different emotions our body releases certain chemicals... baby is stimulated by these chemicals just as we are.
That is what I found when I researched a while back...



 
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Old Oct 16th, 2009, 13:28 PM   9
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when we feel different emotions our body releases certain chemicals... baby is stimulated by these chemicals just as we are.
That is what I found when I researched a while back...
This is why orgasms are great for baby! Who doesn't love an endorphin high?



 
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Old Oct 16th, 2009, 14:48 PM   10
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I am right with ya sista! I try my best to stay calm but I don't think that 'bottling up' your emotions helps very much either, I'm striving for a healthy balance of 'calm' while still expressing my emotions.

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