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almost 30 wks pregnant and baby still not reacting to sound - normal??

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MsNomad Sat 02-Aug-08 07:39:46


time for my first ever message on this great site

I'm almost 30 weeks pregnant now, feeling great, zero complications and baby kicking happily away. It just doesn't seem to react to sound. Now I don't expect junior to start dancing polka everytime I hum a little tune. But when the firealarm goes off in my office at around a million decibel RIGHT above my head (it really is very, heart attack inducingly noisy!) I get no reaction whatsoever from the baby.

Is this normal? Many websites say babies start reacting to sound at much earlier than 30 weeks. Perhaps mine is reacting but in a much smaller way than what I can feel?? Or simply has nerves of steel?

I know it's extremely unlikely there is anything wrong with baby's hearing, but just can't help wondering sometimes.... anybody else out there who experienced the same at this stage of pregnancy?
thanks in advance

MadamePlatypus Sat 02-Aug-08 07:43:17

Wow, a whole new thing to worry about! I never even knew that babies were supposed to react to sound so didn't look out for this with either of my children.

If its any consolation, I think that both my children would sleep through a fire alarm if sufficiently worn out. Not sure how they are supposed to react before birth.

yousaidit Sat 02-Aug-08 07:48:48

I'm pg with second dc, also 30 wk, and with both pg never notced any reaction to sound! TBH, I thuink only diff i notivce is tha moving lulls my bump, then sitting down or going to bed is fidget time!

yousaidit Sat 02-Aug-08 07:49:37

Ps, our dd when she was about 6m slept through three storey fore alarms going off in our house!!!

Buckets Sun 03-Aug-08 06:00:20

Nope, never had a noticeable reaction to sound in 3 pregnancies! Don't worry about it.

seeker Sun 03-Aug-08 06:12:21

My dd reacted to a very loud firework a month before she was born - I remember it 12 years later because that was the only time either of mine reacted to sound at all. I wouldn't worry even slightly about this.

You'll find whole new vistas of other things to worry about on mumsnet, though - welcome!

belgo Sun 03-Aug-08 06:14:37

I also never knew the baby was supposed to react to sound during pregnancy, and am now 31 weeks pregnant with thrid child.

MsNomad Sun 03-Aug-08 08:22:31

Thanks all!! Really sounds like there's nothing to worry about at all then.

Bumperlicious Sun 03-Aug-08 08:58:52

I didn't know anything about reacting to sound either. As long as it is moving I wouldn't worry.

lollipopmother Sun 03-Aug-08 10:49:54

Nope, don't think mine has ever reacted to sound, well she might have done once during the latest Batman film but I just assumed it was coincidence - I am 35+3.

biglips Sun 03-Aug-08 10:51:14

my first child never reacted to sounds but my 2nd child did whilst i was pg with both.

PortAndLemon Sun 03-Aug-08 10:51:28

Neither of mine ever reacted like that. I'd get increased kicking when listening to music with a strong beat, but nothing that specific.

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