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Happily married with two tots ( J 10/18/08) & ( T 5/03/10)
I watched a show about a study that was done using candy. The mother ate the candy through the pg and when the baby was born would turn their head to the smell of the candy. It does change the taste and smell of the fluid. They lick the fluid, you can see 4d u/s where babies are sticking their tongues in and out.
mom to Reaghan born underwater into midwife's hands 1/17/07 & Myra born surrounded by doulas and midwife at home 1/12/09. Birth Educator, and Photographer, Baby #3 Coming May 2013!
I can tell you firsthand that fetuses can and do taste what you eat via smell/taste of the placenta.
We had a 4D u/s done around week 28 and our little guy was pressed up against the placenta so they told us to go eat something to maybe get him to move.
We went to a bakery next door and I had a chocolate and peanut butter cupcake. We went back 20 minutes later and he was still pressed up against the placenta BUT from the sideview, we could see his teeny but long tongue was out and licking the placenta.
It gave us all a chuckle.
The sonographer said he must have a sweet tooth and she said the placenta takes on the flavor and smell of whatever you have just ingested.
For us, that was the best part of the u/s, seeing him doing his thing in there and licking the placenta to get more chocolate flavor.
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