Being pregnant is the start of a lifelong bonding with your child. Although the beginning will be stressful and tiring and doesn’t make you connect with your baby, you’ll feel like a mother to be when your bump grows with the advancing pregnancy. You don’t have to wait until delivery to bond with your baby. Although you are unable to see the baby until birth, you can develop a bond with your baby to last your entire life span.
Bonding with your voice
All babies change and grow at an unbelievable rate and by the 2nd trimester, their hearing improves and gets affected and excited by the sounds outside. Out of all the sounds they hear, the mother’s voice is the most familiar and comforting sound to them. This is because they listen to your conversations, singing etc. Talking to your growing bump or singing is a great way of bonding with your baby. While a mother’s voice and heartbeat are the most soothing sounds in baby’s environment, dad’s voice is also comforting to baby. Encourage the father to sing, talk and read to baby too. Let him feel the baby’s kicks and movements by placing his hands on your stomach. Fostering a relationship with baby and dad will strengthen the family bond.
Responding to baby’s movements
Responding to baby’s kicks and other movements is also one of best ways of bonding before being born. When you rub your belly as soon as a movement is felt, you may feel the baby kick. You can play games by giving a poke whenever baby kicks your stomach or elbows your ribs gently. If the little one doesn’t respond try again later as all unborn babies sleep and have restful periods. If you need to get them active, have a few sips of cold juice. Feeling your baby responding to your touch for the first time can be the most exciting moment of your life.
Another way of taking the time to bond with your baby is by going for a walk. This is a great exercise. You can think about the baby without any interruptions or distractions whilst strolling gently at a pace comfortable for you. You can also have a sensible chat with your baby on the stroll. Once you get used to the regular walking pattern, the pace could be increased to last 20 to 30 minutes depending on how you feel.
Snaps and journal
Take pictures of yourself at every trimester. Your weekly progress could be recorded by preserving it for a lifetime. Maintain a photo album and add pictures of the baby too after delivery. You can also jot down your hopes, dreams, and thoughts in a journal. Pen a thought every week to your baby. Describe your day’s happenings, declare your love to him or her. Seal and store these journals in a secure place and give it to the child once he or she is old enough to read.