For centuries, people have believed that an emotional connection exists between mother and baby even during the prenatal stage. Research has discovered that, indeed, there is credibility to this belief. The little human inside your baby bump can hear what is going on outside the womb and can feel your emotions. Here are some tips for prenatal bonding with your baby.
Responding to Kicks
During your second trimester, you may start feeling your baby’s movement. Responding to movement from your baby is as close as you will get to a two-way communication with the baby before the birth. When you feel kicks or movement, rub your baby bump. You can also play games with your baby. Poke your stomach back gently when you feel your baby kicking. Wait and see if the baby will kick at the spot you poked or at another spot.
Since your baby can hear the outside world, hearing your voice is an important part of bonding with your baby. Talking and singing to your baby will help you feel a greater connection. Recognition of your voice will also help your baby become quickly attached to you after birth. Talk about anything. Say good morning when you wake up, read a story, talk about your day, or say ‘hello’ when you feel a kick. If you want to sing to your baby, don’t worry about what to sing or whether or not you have a good voice. Your baby just wants to hear your voice.
Babies have been known to display a connection to their mother’s emotions while in the womb. If you are frightened, for example, your baby’s heart rate might jump up. A controversial area of prenatal research states that there may be a correlation between the mother’s emotions and the eventual personality of her child. For example, a mother who is constantly anxious while pregnant may give birth to a stressed out and worried child, whereas a mother who is relaxed and has a strong prenatal bond with her baby may bring into the world a more emotionally health child. Also, extreme emotional stress may actually physically harm the baby.