When you laugh heartily, the one where you’re almost in tears your unborn baby finds it beautiful too. When you’re 6 months pregnant, your baby starts getting affected by your emotions says a research at the Associaton for Psychological Science. Your emotions are so effective that they are a factor that decides your newborn’s attitude towards life. Read how laughing affects your baby:
Your Baby Is On A Roller Coaster
When you laugh, your baby moves up and down physically in your womb. “When we’re watching the fetus on ultrasound and the mother starts to laugh, we can see the fetus, floating upside down in the womb, bounce up and down on its head, bum-bum-bum, like it’s bouncing on a trampoline,” said Janet DiPietro, the Vice Dean for research and faculty at John Hopkins. “When mothers watch this on the screen, they laugh harder, and the fetus goes up and down even faster. We’ve wondered whether this is why people grow up liking roller coasters.”
Your unborn baby starts behaving like a newborn 12 weeks prior to its birth. This means your laughing affects its emotions and physical movement too.
It Affects Your Baby’s Mood
Studies have proved that mothers who are highly anxious during pregnancy have a higher risk of giving birth to anxious or colicky babies. Depressed mothers have 1.5 times higher chance to have depressed 18-year-olds who may also have emotional problems like aggression. This is because your emotions can be passed on to your baby through the placenta.
Try to curb your anxiety and depression by practicing yoga or deep laughter therapy. Deep laughter therapy lifts your mood and changes your body too.
When you laugh, you inhale more oxygen. this in turn increases the endorphins being released to your brain. Furthermore, laughing releases muscle tension and stimulates blood circulation. The long-term effects include an improved immune system, pain relief, increased personal satisfaction and a more relaxed life.
Your Baby Is Getting To Know You
Just like you’re trying to get to know your baby while it’s inside you, your baby makes note of your voice, the sound of your laughter and memorises them. Your baby tries to pick on your personality and when you laugh, your baby’s heart rate slows. Similarly, when you speak, sing, cry or laugh your baby gets familiar with your emotions and tries to get to know you better.
When You Can’t Laugh
Sad days are inevitable in all our lives. It’s okay to occasional sad or bad days, they don’t have nay long-lasting effects on your baby. Try to calm down and relax with a hot mug of chocolate if that helps. Sometimes, a long shower, yoga nd some pampering may help you get into a better mood. Try to laugh as much as possible, the sound of your laughter pleases your unborn child.