It seems as though even in the womb, children want to get to know their mothers—but obviously, they have never been exposed to the world outside of their moms' bellies. Because of this, communicating through touch works better than trying to speak to unborn babies.
In a small new study published in , researchers discovered that touch was by far the more effective medium of communication for getting a response from the fetus.
The test was designed for mothers to attempt to communicate with their unborn babies in three different ways: through voice, by reading books to their tummies, through touch, by firmly stroking their own bellies, and by lying still. Out of the three options, developing children were most likely to respond when their mothers rubbed their baby bumps.
"Overall results suggest that maternal touch of the abdomen was a powerful stimulus, producing a range of fetal behavioral responses. Fetuses displayed more arm, head and mouth movements when the mother touched her abdomen as compared to maternal voice in situ," wrote the researchers.
Even though they cannot speak or see, fetuses can clearly make connections that are deeper than we know. So tell the soon-to-be mothers you know that if they want to have a conversation with their wee ones, they should save their breath and just rub that belly.