From the very moment you get to know that a tiny one is growing in your ᴡᴏᴍʙ, you feel a surge of emotions. Most pregnant women start connecting with their baby right on. But some women take time to get used to the idea of being mom. Mother and baby bonding during pregnancy is important, and there are various ways to do so. Whether you talk to your bump or sing to it, bonding with the baby in the ᴡᴏᴍʙ can go a long way in forming an attachment with the little one growing inside you. So how do you do it?
- Talk To Your Baby
Talking is one of the most common ways to bond with a baby in the ᴡᴏᴍʙ. It is said that the ꜰᴏᴇᴛᴜs develops the ability to bond from about 18 weeks onwards and from the 20th week your heartbeat is audible to her and she will be able to recognise your voice from inside you. So, make time to talk to your baby every day.
- Caress Your Bump
Move your hand gently over your bump as if you are caressing your little one inside you. The soothing touch will relax her and a bond will be created between you and your baby.
- Practice Breathing Exercise
Yoga is something that everything that every mother-to-be should practice during pregnancy. The regulated inhaling and exhaling not just relaxes the mother but also draws in oxygen down to the baby. This oxygen gets the baby more active and she starts responding by kicking and moving.
- Play With Your Baby
It is usual for a baby in the ᴡᴏᴍʙ to get active when the mother takes rest or lies down. When the baby starts kicking or moving, respond back by gently patting the bump or poking it back and wait for her response. You may also give the bump a gentle rub. This will help the two of you bond.
- Teach Your Baby Your Language
During the late stages of pregnancy, studies have displayed that babies can appreciate language as well. They tend to have an ability to grasp the languages that they have heard before they were born much quicker than others that they are introduced to later.
It is very important to note that not every baby is the same and you cannot expect a textbook response from them all the time. Every pregnancy is unique, and you will figure out your bonding methods through trial and error mostly.