Carol, 33, is pregnant with her first child and is expecting the baby in late March. In December, Carol and her partner went to New Zealand for a vacation. While visiting the local attractions, Carol met a woman who works closely with pregnant women. Carol reveals that the woman informed her that it is crucial to massage the belly often so that the baby is introduced to the human touch and to the outside world. Carol comments that she and her partner implement the pregnancy advice regularly and they can feel the kid responding by kicking and changing positions. Carol reveals that all these activities have helped her and her husband in bonding with the kid even more strongly.
Why Bonding with the Unborn Baby is Crucial during Pregnancy?
Carol will be happy to know that it is possible to connect and bond with your baby the day you conceive. Carista Luminare-Rosen, who has written books such as Parenting Begins Before Conception: A Guide to Preparing Body, Mind, and Spirit for You and Your Future Child says that unborn babies are equipped with intuitive and emotional capacitates to sense their parent’s love for them. Stressing on the importance of bonding with the baby, while being pregnant, Luminare-Rosen says, “Prenates can see, hear, feel, remember, taste, and think before birth”.
Marilee Hartling, prenatal program manager, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center says that when you bond with your baby during pregnancy, it marks the beginning of trust between you and your kid. Hartling opines that regular communication with the baby during pregnancy makes the baby feel that the world is a safe and secured place.
Will my Baby be affected if I am angry or upset during Pregnancy?
Experts opine that since all women go through mood swings and occasional emotional outbursts during pregnancy, you should not be too bothered if you get occasionally angry or upset. However, according to Luminare-Rosen, if you feel upset for a long period during pregnancy, your baby might be affected. Explaining the impact of the mother’s emotions on the baby during pregnancy, Luminare-Rosen says, “Even in the womb the baby can respond”. Therefore, for a healthy pregnancy, consider the pregnancy advice of consulting a doctor if you suffer from extreme emotions all the time.
How can I bond with my Baby during Pregnancy?
Experts suggest that you can bond with your baby during pregnancy in various ways. Luminare-Rosen revels that when she was pregnant with her daughter, her husband used to sing jingles to their kid. This made her husband feel closer to the baby and the music had a soothing effect on her daughter even after she was born. While the opinion of experts regarding the impact of music on the fetus varies, few studies have proved that music, indeed, has a positive impact on the baby. According to a pregnancy study published in the Music Educators Journal, babies who were exposed to stimulating and sedating music in the prenatal period were more attentive and had early vocalization.
Apart from exposing your baby to music, while being pregnant, you can start communicating with your kid as soon as you discover the first signs of pregnancy. Luminare-Rosen says that the best way to communicate with your baby during pregnancy is by sitting at a peaceful place and telling him/her how much you are looking forward to his/her arrival.
Based on her personal experience, Luminare-Rosen opines that another good way of bonding with your baby is by writing a journal. She says that when she was pregnant, she maintained a journal where she not only wrote down her experience of pregnancy, but also wrote letters to her yet-to-be born daughter about her hopes and expectations. Luminare-Rosen reveals that now that her daughter has grown up, she reads out the journal to her so that she knows how loved and wanted she has been from the beginning.