4 Ways to bond with your baby while pregnant
Michelle Leclaire O'Neill, Ph.D., and author shares four amazing ways moms can spend time with their babies during their pregnancy
Michelle Leclaire O'Neill, Ph.D., and author of Meditations for Pregnancy: 36 Weekly Practices for Bonding with Your Unborn Baby is quite the expert when it comes to pregnancy. She's recently been endorsing the importance and significance of bonding with your baby during your pregnancy.
"Bonding with your baby during pregnancy is important for your relationship and will help you get ready for parenthood," she claims.“One of the best reasons to connect in utero is that it helps mothers discover feelings they didn't even know they had."
Developing a relationship with your baby while you're pregnant can do wonders for the baby, and can even have benefits on you as well!
If you're curious as to how you can spend quality time with your baby while pregnant, O'Neill has made it easy with 4 simple tips. Here are her 4 most highly recommended ways to bond with your baby while pregnant:
1. Listening to music
You've probably heard a lot about listening to music with your baby while pregnant. Some researchers say that the studies supporting intellectual benefits are inconclusive at best. While that may be true, O'Neill believes that even if it won't make your baby smarter, there are benefits to be had through bonding. Listening to music with your baby can soothe and relax them. "Any kind of calming music works," she claims, "but baroque, like Bach or Handel, might be best, since its heartbeat-like tempo is especially soothing."
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2. Prenatal yoga/meditation
A lot of prenatal prenatal yoga and meditation tends to be more "mommy-centric" as it focuses on relaxing Mom. What you may not realize is that the uninterrupted time you dedicate to this activity actually offers you a good amount of peaceful, tranquil bonding time with your baby!
“Sometimes a pregnant mother is so busy that the only time she has to relax is at the end of a yoga class,” O'Neill suggests.
Surely since you've been pregnant, you (and about a hundred other people) have placed hands on your tummy. Whether it was feel the baby, or to see how far along you are, you've more than likely had hands on your abdomen during pregnancy. O'Neill suggests that lighlty massaging the belly or rubbing the tummy can help you to relax and even has a positive effect on the baby. “It calms their whole body down, and the baby too," she states.
4. Having a conversation
Okay, so maybe "conversation" might be the wrong term considering your baby won't be able to talk back to you. However, O'Neill believes that even if your baby "won’t understand the meaning of the words yet, but the rhythm and the tone of your voice will be comforting regardless."
Try narrating what your doing to your baby in a sweet, calming voice, or even asking him/her questions. Even just telling them sweet pleasantries, or singing to them will help build a strong relationship with your baby. It may seem strange to talk to your baby bump, but it's a great way to bond.
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