06 Aug TED TALK Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we’re born
This 16 minute video is fascinating and informative. I think pregnant mamas will really appreciate what scientist and mother, Annie Murphy Paul has to say about fetal development within the womb.
SIDE NOTE: Here is my personal favorite bit from an interview with Annie Murphy Paul and Guy Raz, host of TED Radio Hour episode Unstoppable Learning in which they were talking about the impact of a pregnant woman’s diet in relationship to the mental state of the baby.
PAUL: Things like the woman’s diet, the woman’s stress level, even the woman’s, sort of, mental state, these things can be communicated to the fetus, and they are incredibly plastic. They’re incredibly malleable. And they’re already preparing for exactly this sort of environment that they’re going to enter, even before their very first day on Earth.
RAZ: That’s unbelievable.
PAUL: One of my favorite findings is that eating chocolate when you’re pregnant seems to be connected to having a happier baby.
RAZ: Oh, really?
PAUL: Yeah. You know, I researched and wrote this book when I was pregnant with my second child, and I took that as license to eat as much chocolate as I wanted. And he is quite a happy baby, I should say.