How your thoughts and emotions affect your baby

What a mother is thinking can transmute the fetus in different ways – Hippocrates and Serenus


India being a land of spirituality places a lot of emphasis on the time of birth of the unborn child. There lies a belief that the bond between the mother and child is pre-ordained. There lies a deep-rooted belief that the baby chooses a particular womb to be born in.  Hence, the pregnant mother is advised to keep a watch on her thoughts, emotions, and habits for the sake of her unborn child.

So, how do thoughts and emotions affect your baby?

Eastern philosophy – As per the scriptures, it is said that the mother’s positive or negative thoughts and emotions leave a mark on the baby’s mind around the third or the fourth month of the baby’s development. This causes a change or development of a certain type of personality in your baby.  Researchers have also supported this theory, saying that a baby is calmer when the mother is calm and when the mother raises her voice or fights with her partner, the baby flinches in the womb.

Your receptive placenta –  Studies conducted by the Institute of Heartmath on placental DNA, showed that the structure of the placental DNA changes with emotions. When the participants felt positive, the DNA would unwind and lengthen and on feeling negative, the DNA would tighten up and become shorter, thus switching off some of its codes (though it can be reversible when the thought turn from positive to negative). This shows how receptive the placenta is and how any thought good or bad influences the baby! Always have happy thoughts.

Oxytocin in mother’s blood – The more good you feel, your baby picks it up by the amount of the “feel good hormone”, oxytocin, flowing into your blood.

Subconscious development of the baby –  Soon after conception, the embryo has consciousness. The baby stores all the emotions and thoughts that you and your partner feel and prepares itself for the new environment after birth.

Your relationships –  Any bad relationship, especially the one between the mother and her partner, puts the unborn child at risk of psychological and/or damage by 200% more.

As much as we can dismay all this as hogwash, there is no denying that there is some truth to how our thoughts affect us, so why would it be any different for the child growing inside of you. Just like the womb offers nourishment to the growing child to grow physically, the mother’s thoughts and emotions serve mental food influencing the mind and cognitive abilities of the fetus. We suggest you to try to start thinking happy thoughts and keep at it!



Dr. Aishwarya Rajeev has completed her MDS degree and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is an avid reader and loves to teach and write!

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