Prenatal stimulation is a technique that uses various stimuli such as; sound, (especially musical sounds and a mother’s voice), movement, pressure, vibrations, and light to communicate with the baby before birth.
The baby learns to recognize and respond to the different stimuli, which encourages physical, mental, and sensory development.
Studies by leading child development researchers such as Thomas R. Verny and Rene Van de Carr have revealed that stimulated babies exhibit enhanced visual, auditory, linguistic, and motor development. In general, they sleep better, are more alert, confidant, and content than infants who were not stimulated. They also show superior learning capacity and calm down when they hear familiar sounds they heard while in the womb.
Babies that were stimulated by their mothers before birth showed greater confidence, were more active at birth, and experienced better success at breastfeeding.
Stimulated babies and their families showed more intense bonding and greater family cohesion. Prenatal stimulation provides a lasting foundation for loving communication and healthy parent-child relationships.
A number of studies have shown that yes, prenatal stimulation does seem to have a favorable effect on intelligence and IQ. One example is the study “Project Family” conducted by Dr. Beatriz Manrique. Stimulated babies tested at the age of 3, on average, scored 14 IQ points higher on the Stanford-Binet scale than children who were not stimulated.
On average, stimulated infants consistently scored higher than the non-stimulated control group on the Braselton scale for neurological development and behavior, and the Bailey scale for mental and motor development.
Most importantly, prenatal stimulation techniques teach parents how to provide a safe, loving and exciting environment that will encourage their child to learn and grow.
Babies can benefit from stimulation as early as the third month of pregnancy. At this point, they begin to perceive spatial orientation and tactile stimuli.
Yes. Once babies develop hearing in the fifth month, music is excellent for aural stimulation and to soothe the baby.
However, mothers can give their babies the emotional benefits of music even before hearing develops at five months. Mothers who set aside time to relax daily by listening to music also help their babies feel calmer and happier. Pregnant women and babies share hormones, so there is a close connection between the emotional well being of the mother and that of the child she carries.
While over-stimulation may not harm the baby, it can cause confusion and undermine the benefits you are trying to achieve. When babies become overwhelmed by too much stimulation, they stop responding. Moderate levels of stimulation produce optimal results.
Experts have identified a critical period of 33months (9months of pregnancy+ the first 24months of the child) during which a specific part of the brain is open for stimulation, after which it closes forever.
During this period, infants crave for inputs as they have a biological need to learn.
Also 80% of the brain development is over before the child is 3years old.
Sharon Begley, after interviewing several neurobiologists, wrote, With the right input at the right time, almost anything is possible. But if you miss the critical period, you’re playing with a handicap
It aims at increasing the infant potential by enhancing the expectant mother.
It helps pregnant mothers to deliver well balanced children by acquiring certain skills and learning certain prenatal and infant stimulation techniques and by properly focusing and channelizing their thoughts and actions.
Your child gets lot of stimulation at a very early stage which helps a lot in his / her brain development.
Your child .becomes more balanced – emotionally, physically and mentally.
Your child develops grasping power, concentration, appreciation of arts, decision making and problem solving skills at an early stage.
When the child grows, you will see that he/she is much ahead off in all aspects than the children of other Mothers who have not practiced such enhancement techniques.
Shristi program helps you to deliver a well balanced child.
You acquire many beautiful skills and gain wider knowledge on pregnancy care, fetal development, stages of labor, delivery, child care, parenting techniques, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises and a lot more.
You learn physical exercises which helps you deliver normally.
You also learn various breathing techniques for different stages of labour which relaxes you and also energizes you during labour.
It is a once in life time opportunity to design your child as and how you want him/her to be. Dream, think and act on it in a more focused manner. You can be a proud mother of a born genius!
It aims more at the mental and emotional development of the fetus. You spend 45 hrs during the course of your pregnancy for learning and practicing these stimulation techniques. It is practically not possible for a gynecologist to spend so much time with every expectant mother, even if she is willing to do so.
This is like the one stop shop where you get all that you need for your child during pregnancy.
Advices of Yogis, gynecologists, pediatrician, psychologist, dietician, beautician, etc., are all compiled and brought to you under one program. You needn’t approach them individually which will involve lot of time, strain, and money.
Shristi takes care of the mental, emotional and spiritual development of the fetus so that many beautiful skills and special talents become inborn in the child.
It is an opportunity for you to meet lot more expectant mothers who sail on the same boat as you do and exchange your experiences and views and solve more practical problems , more than being a get- to-gather.
You take up a very interesting concept of ´ learn while you play ´ and also ´ educate the fetus as you play! ´ Besides widening your knowledge, it also teaches problem solving and decision making skills to the fetus so that these skills will become inborn skills to your child so that your child could strive for greater heights from a raised platform.
Of course a lot! There are a lot more living examples too. As how an architect designs his building,you can actually design your baby as and how you wish the baby to be. For example Padmashree Kamala Hasn, the well known actor was designed to be an artist by his mother during her pregnancy. She voluntarily exposed herself to dance, music and play during the whole term of her pregnancy and kept thinking about her wish to make him a great artist. We all know how it worked!
Even great epics depict how Pragaladh learnt Vedas when his mother was learning them from saint Nerada when she was carrying Pragaladh or how Arjuna acquired most of his skills even before he was born!
Yoga work wonders on your health and your capability to have a smooth pregnancy.Smooth pregnancy and a natural childbirth are just some of the benefits of yoga. But more importantly, yoga does wonders on the physical and mental development of the child in the womb.Ensuring a healthy baby is every woman’s dream and yoga helps you do just that.
Yoga exercises – These gently work on the reproductive organs and pelvis to ensure a smooth pregnancy and a relatively easy childbirth. These ensure optimum supply of blood and nutrients to the developing child in your womb.
Breathing or Pranayama – These powerful techniques ensure abundant supply of oxygen and a better life force for you and your child. These methods work on your fitness during pregnancy.
Meditation – As a therapeutic tool, meditation will help you resolve the deepest of neuroses, fears and conflicts, which are so common during pregnancy. Meditation brings with it an incredible awareness, which helps you connect with your child in a way that is impossible to explain.
Deep Relaxation – Yoga nidra (Yogic sleep) is particularly effective during pregnancy for physical and mental relaxation as well as for childbirth preparation.
To get the phenomenal benefits of yoga on your pregnancy, practice these easy routines regularly. Not only will you be on your way to a delightful pregnancy but also you will give your child an opportunity for best development. Good luck and go ahead!
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