You must be looking forward to welcoming your little person into your life. While in the beginning you might be too caught up in your own body changes to think about your baby as the months go by you will start connecting to your bump in ways only a mother can.
Here are some tips that will help you to bond with your unborn:
- Massage: Massage your bump with oils and moisturizers. You can talk to your baby during the massage and connect with them. Also, check with your doctor on oils and moisturizers that are safe to use. This also a great way to keep your skin hydrated and reduces the dry itchy feeling.
- Swimming: Swimming is a great bonding activity because it makes you realize how your baby feels in your womb floating in the amniotic fluid. It will also take your weight off the feet as the water gives support to your stomach and you unwind.
- Sing/ Talk: Your baby’s hearing is developing all the time. By the 23rd week, your baby can hear sounds from outside your body. Your baby can hear you talk and will recognize your voice once born. This creates instant comfort and security for them. Therefore do not lose this opportunity to sing and talk to your baby even if you do feel self-conscious at first.
- Respond: Your baby will start kicking and punching at around 18 to 20 weeks. Every time you feel a kick or a fist, respond by patting the bump. Also, talk to them letting them know you are there. It is a great way to bond with your little one. Besides, this is the closest you will ever come to a two-way conversation.
- Yoga: The antenatal yoga exercise can start at 14 weeks. Yoga helps you clear your mind, exercise and focus on your breath. You become more aware of your body, the changes in your body and your baby inside.
- Walk: Like all other forms of exercise, walking is also a great way to bond with your bump. Walking is the easiest exercise you can fit into your routine. Go for a stroll alone and take some time to think about your baby. You can also talk to them.
- Family: If the baby has an elder sibling, encourage them to bond with the baby too. Ask them to sing and talk to your baby. Tell them to draw pictures for the littlest one and hang them in the baby’s room. Tell your partner that your baby can hear outside sounds from 18 to 20 weeks and they can also bond with their baby by talking to them. This way the baby arrives in an environment full of sounds they are familiar with.
Your pregnancy is just the beginning of a lifelong love affair with your baby. Start early bonding and enjoy.