7 Behavioral Traits of Mother that Affects Unborn Baby

Behavior during pregnancy affects unborn baby. Mothers need to realize this and make amendments to their behavior accordingly. This is not about changing yourself entirely but having slightly different perspective on life and day to day activities.

Here’s how your behavior during pregnancy can affect baby:

  1. Drinking and Smoking

Consumption of alcohol and smoking are bad for your baby. Moms who indulge in smoking and drinking give birth to underweight babies. These elements are known to suppress appetite which negatively affects the growing baby.

One of the most dangerous effects of alcohol is that it causes a baby to stop breathing. The baby breathes liquid only once all traces of alcohol had cleared itself out of mother’s system. The total time taken for one shot (example Vodka) to clear up is an hour (even more in some cases). So it is better to stay completely away from alcohol. Alcohol consumption during conception and pregnancy can increase risk of malformations of face, head, lips, ears, and eyes. It is important to monitor pregnancy week by week symptoms to detect anything wrong.

Smoking will makes a baby breathe faster to be able to get more oxygen. This suppresses their diet.

  1. Your Diet

This is about what you eat prior to conceiving. Dietary habits right before and around conception is also crucial for the growth and development of baby. Hence, it is important to have a healthy diet comprising of fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, dairy, and lean meat once you start planning to conceive.

  1. Things You Listen to and Hear

Your baby listens to and hears all that you do. Babies start hearing at around the 18th week. By the 28th week, baby also starts responding consistently. Babies hate loud, thumping sounds. So make sure you subject them to very calming, gentle sounds. You may sing lullabies to your baby.

  1. What You Say

Your baby can understand what you say. So speaking to your baby is a great way to establish a connection and bond with baby. If the act makes you feel silly, just remind yourself that the baby can hear you. Speak to the baby and imagine a response.

  1. What You Feel

This is exactly what they feel! So if you feel anxious, scared, startled, or sad, it will affect your baby. So make sure you are always happy. Being surrounded by negative emotions may be damaging for their personality. They will start preparing to enter a world full of fear and stress.

Additionally, higher levels of cortisol circulating in mother’s system will expose them to toxic and acidic environment. This has a negative impact on baby’s growth and also result in several health related challenges. Research has revealed that anxious and stressed out mothers are more likely to give birth to babies with allergies, eczema, hay fever, and asthma.

  1. Your Thoughts

Baby knows its mother’s inner thoughts. They know them. To be precise, your thoughts serve as radio for babies. As a fetus, the baby is aware of constant thoughts drowning her mother’s mind. It helps them to learn about the environment they are going to grow up. So they prepare accordingly for their survival.

  1. Speech Style

Sound of your voice is very important for the baby. When inside the womb, ears of babies are more accustomed to high pitched sounds. So it is important that fathers make extra efforts to establish conversation to baby. They can get close to the bump and speak louder.

On the other hand, mothers must be fully aware of the impact of their voice on baby. Very high pitch, alarming voice can make them dread their own mother’s voice. Soothing voice will be more pleasurable for the baby.


The above mentioned list is aimed at helping and motivating moms-to-be to change/improve/rectify behavior during pregnancy. Making a few changes to your behavior during pregnancy will promote healthy growth of child.

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