The Nine Months That Made You

The Nine Months That Made You

2011, Science  -   23 Comments
Ratings: 6.85/10 from 222 users.

The Nine Months That Made YouHorizon explores the secrets of what makes a long, healthy and happy life. It turns out that a time you can't remember - the nine months you spend in the womb - could have more lasting effects on you today than your lifestyle or genes.

It is one of the most powerful and provocative new ideas in human science, and it was pioneered by a British scientist, Professor David Barker.

His theory has inspired a field of study that is revealing how our time in the womb could affect your health, personality, and even the lives of your children.

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23 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Naveen

    Where can I watch all episodes?

  2. jason

    Anyone know what the rap/R-&B song is when the girl with no hair and teeth was on, the one modelling? Melanie I believe her name is.

  3. Lydia Smith

    I found this absolutely fascinating. All the scenes of the unborn babies- that was cgi wasn't it? It looks like we are really in there with the baby, but there aren't tiny cameras someone would risk putting in there, are there? Lol, i can't figure it out!...

  4. Charlotte Foreman

    Absolutely amazing photos. How in the world you were able to get them. I'll never know. Keep up the great Work.

  5. Scott Gray

    How about less miraculous talk and more scientific explanation!!!

  6. Stuckonearth

    well this doc was deleted before I had the chance to watch it but it brings up a thought that i have had many times before ... is conciseness an emergent property of a complex system.. if we could construct a computer with the same amount of connections as a human brain would that computer be self aware?

  7. usagioomizu

    Because they were doing these tests on babies that were a month away from birth... I really haven't herd of any abortions being conducted that late. Up until a certain point we don't have a properly developed nervous system to be able to processes outside stimuli and pain. This means it can't know it's alive. It's just like your skin cells, liver cells ect. They're alive and performing basic functions, but no sense of consciousness due to lack of nervous system and brain; or In a fetus' case (Btw they aren't even considered a fetus until 8 weeks) lack of a fully developed brain and nervous system.

    Anyway, great doc. I really enjoyed it although there were a few parts I didn't quite agree with. I can see a lot of parents using this as a cop out for badly behaved kids. "Oh it's not my fault, they were born that way!" Even if your child is born with a certain disposition they can still be parented. People change and learn constantly. I don't have the same temperament I did a year ago because I taught myself how to react better to certain situations. Just like a child who is born with a 'diva' attitude can be taught to emphasize with others and learn the world isn't about them. I think its unfair to children to say, "well this is how you were born so that's who your going to be for the rest of your life" The Human mind is very adaptable.

  8. SpookyCheese

    So how can people believe in abortion after this? Honestly... We really are human at 1 cell.

    1. sknb

      I came to completely the opposite conclusion.

    2. Frances Davis

      Nobody "believes" in abortion. Some have so few options that it is a forced decision. Others just don't want their baby. Either way, it isn't your business. I don't believe in abortion for myself, but I wouldn't try to impose a "belief" on anyone about birthing their own baby. Not my business.

  9. Scott Whitaker

    I guess we we are a collection of cells with self awareness. It is weird to think how we are created or gathered together in our mothers womb. but what breaths the breath of life into us, what starts the first beat of that heart. With all of the scientific discoveries it is hard to believe in an immaculate creator but man, It is also hard to not believe, because the process is so magical and beautiful. How precious the gift of life is!

  10. sknb

    FASCINATING! I was born at 6.7 pounds and a month late. My mother had me at the age of 38 and was very sick during my pregnancy. Both my parents have diabetes. I was told I have 80% chance of developing diabetes.

    I would love to share this with my students - most of who are women of childbearing age.

    Mr. Vlatko, can we have some Spanish subtitles for this? You would really make some adult English students very happy.

    Another note: I LOVE the cross cultural research in India and Saudi Arabia. We need more of this in the world!

    Another note: "The idea that you could build a human resistant to {diabetes} was astonishing". WOW. WHY ISNT THIS BEING SHOUTED FROM THE ROOFTOPS? Was this in headlines? I want to run up to people on the street and say DO YOU KNOW THIS? Wow.

  11. Jo McKay

    excellent - many mothers and a few cultures intuitively know this; nice to see some science, and look forward to more.

  12. audiophile75

    Absolutely phenomenal doc! I really think that too many people don't understand or appreciate the complexity and importance of a pregnance. As they mention here, This time is when an individual becomes a person. All the hardwiring that will happen goes on during this time. Everything else during life is just building on the foundation that happens here. I kept thinking throughout on investments and how they work. Like any investment, time is the most important factor. If i put $1,000 of investment money away when I'm a child it will grow exponentially and be much more than the many tens of thousands that will need to be invested if starting in my 30's or even 20's. In this situation, the small investment of proper prenatal and natal care will lead to a child with fewer problems in the future. This can directly determine additional problems that the parents will have to deal with for the rest of their lives as well as the childs life. As always, an ounce of prevention is greater than many pounds of cure.
    The doc did jump around a bit, although I liked it. I just wish that they would more fully discuss the tangents. Like prenantal testosterone effects, they didn't mention whether prenatal exposure had any ill effect on the child later in life, other than to say that there was an effect in females.
    I GUESS I JUST WANT MORE INFORMATION.........about everything!
    Take care all, remember..... ego's are highly over-rated, so keep the tempers in check. And thanks Vlatko for another gem!

    1. Scott Whitaker

      Well said!

    2. Kasia

      I am nearly 9 months pregnant, living in the Uk, the advice I got from my midwife at the beginning of my pregnancy was to eat what I like, I can have small glass of wine sometimes ect. I was shocked as I am crazy about keeping healthy. I went on the course about nutrition in pregnancy run by hospital and it was so basic. They said not to eat too much nuts as it has lots of fat. How much nuts would I need to eat to get as much fat as in hamburger? Why people say things like that. I hope more studies will be done so all the midwife will take nutrition in pregnancy seriously.

  13. knowledgeizpower

    Interesting wanted them to stay on the subject concerning low birth weight they skipped around a little bit imo. I will view this one again.

    1. greyspoppa

      WTF are you talking about the whole docu was about low birth weights. Plz do watch again!

    2. knowledgeizpower

      Edit: Thanks Nand Gate that was kind of you :)

    3. Kasia

      I think what you meant that you wanted to find out more, it felt like we will find out at the end of the movie but it end. Felt like a long trailer of some interesting documentaries. Lets just hope after they have done studies and get some conclusion we can watch second part.

    4. NAND Gate

      Let me fix that for you there buddy.

      "I'm not sure I get what you mean, K.I.P. The way I watched it - that was the major thrust of the documentary. What do you mean when you say "skipped around a little bit"??

      No charge.

    5. greyspoppa

      Sorry, K.I.P. didn't mean to sound mean.

    6. knowledgeizpower

      @ Greyspoppa Aww, Thanks Dude. Its all Good Okay...Peace :)