Remembering Life in the Womb

A young child, who knows enough words to communicate, can describe their life in the womb.

454b3dbf2f360a7e1f50813c2946b938The day Melissa turned two, her godmother dropped by to celebrate her birthday.                                   Since Melissa was very articulate for her age, her godmother wanted to try an experiment she had about read in a hospital newsletter.                                                                                                           The article stated that if you asked a young child, when they knew enough words to communicate but before they were too old, they could tell you about their life in the womb.       So we decided to test this premise.

Melissa was very tiny but smart, so she startled people with her clear diction and large vocabulary. This particular day she was standing on a chair behind the kitchen table, playing with a new doll. During the conversation she answered mainly with one word sentences because most of her attention was on her toy.

I felt a bit foolish as I asked my daughter, ” Melissa, do you remember when you were in mummy’s tummy?

She answered, “yaaa.”

So then I wondered if she remembered any details, “What was it like?”

Again Melissa could only spare a one word answer,”Warm.”

“What else was it like?” I questioned.

To which Melissa answered quite succinctly, “Dark.”

“What could you see?”, I probed.Melissa was frustrated by my dumb question, ” Nothin; it was dark!”

So I scrambled, “What did you do in my tummy?”

Melissa said nonchalantly, “dwimming.”

I checked to make sure I understood her, “Swimming?”

Melissa nodded.

“Did you like living in my tummy?”, I wondered.

Melissa nodded again.

Then I thought of a really good question, “Do you remember coming out, being born?”

Melissa scrunched up her nose and sighed, “yaaa.”

“What was it like?”

Melissa stopped playing, looked up and said in disgust, “Like a B.M.!!!”(a bowel movement).

That answer shocked me into silence. I looked over at my sister-in-law.

She raised her eyebrows and said one word, “Wow.”

2 thoughts on “Remembering Life in the Womb

  1. What an amazing — and funny — conversation. Of course, now I’ll have to interrogate my toddler tonight to see if she remembers anything about life in the womb. Maybe my sis and I were jumping the gun when our youngest sister *swore* she remembered “being in Mommy’s tummy.” 🙂


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