Your baby, even when in the womb, has preferences. A new study published in PLOS One found that fetuses move and respond more when their mothers touch their own stomachs than when they talk to the babies from outside the womb, according to Time magazine.
Specifically, researchers found that when mothers touched their stomachs
fetuses showed “more arm, head, and mouth movements than when the women did nothing or when they spoke to the baby,” Time reported. “Although it is speculative to suggest, it might well be that the increases in arm movements in response to maternal touch are also directed responses towards the source of the stimulation,” the study’s authors wrote.