Reading is a very crucial habit every child must possess to make a mark during a lifetime. Getting familiar with reading books and teaching the habit helps the child’s brain to assimilate things much quicker. However, one may wonder what impact reading baby books can have at the prenatal stage. Without a doubt, reading calms body tension because it requires concentration and focus. However, the most important thing is that it improves the bond between the mother and the baby; it disperses the body tension, resulting in a smarter baby.

Reading a baby book stabilizes the mother’s emotional state. According to the National Institutes of Health, maternal emotions have a large effect on fetal development, and they conclude the following:

  • It increases awareness of the fetal development
  • Prenatal enrichment such as talking, singing, and reading stimulates the baby in utero, and they serve as a means of enhancing the baby’s development.

As a mother, you might think the only benefits of reading to your unborn children are bonding and relaxation, however, it has been scientifically proven that reading to an unborn child helps the baby develop quick language learning. Here are some importance of reading baby books during the prenatal stage:

Reduce Anxiety and Maternal Stress 

Recently, in one of its online articles, the American Academy of Pediatrics opined that prenatal anxiety and stress might result in some specific illness and antibiotics intake after birth. This means that pregnant women should always rest a lot and involve themselves more in activities that bring peace of mind. Reading aloud has been touted as an ideal means that benefits the developing fetus, making the mother calm her senses and ensure good well-being.

It is a means of Bonding Behavior Practice

Reading aloud to a baby in the utero by the mother helps to relate to the child directly. It also helps the mother stay in a positive state of mind during pregnancy in which the baby is the primary beneficiary. While women mostly confirm the feeling of bonding during pregnancy, reading or talking aloud or talking to the baby creates the picture of what the baby will look like after birth. The reality is that reading is a means of bonding between the mother and the unborn child.

Improving the Unborn Child’s IQ

In the University of Oregon, a study discovered that when pregnant women were doing a form of talking that involves playful words recorded towards the end of their pregnancy, their baby could recognize words and their variation after birth. This was discovered and confirmed through the babies’ neural signals displayed by the babies that listened to the record, which means they know pitch and changes in vowels among the fake words. This record played to the babies helped them to show the best response. This suggested that utero is the first place for language learning.


Books to Read during Prenatal

  • Guess How Much I Love You by Anita Jeram and Sam McBratney
  • Safe and Sound by Jean Roussen
  • I will always love you by Caroline Pedler
  • The Belly Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthalis
  • I’ll always love you by Paeony Lewis
  • What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Neil Karp
  • Love You Forever by Robert Munch
  • The Pregnancy Countdown Book by Susan Magee, Kara Nakisbendi M.D.
  • Primal Moms Look Good Naked by Peggy Emch

The purpose of reading baby books during the prenatal period is to live healthily. As an expectant mother, it is advisable to take reading seriously. While taking precautions and doing your prenatals regularly, you must have peace of mind and calm nerves to ease pregnancy tension. Reading is a viable solution.

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