After discovering that you’re pregnant, it can be easy to feel anxious about bonding with your baby. Sooner is always better than later, and the good news is that you don’t have to wait until your baby is born to begin the process.
After the 23rd week, your baby is developed enough to hear and respond to outside noises. Many researchers believe that they can actually respond to the sound of your voice even earlier than that. Talk to them often and be mindful of noises that might be too loud for your baby. Many prenatal yoga classes incorporate humming, and some moms-to-be who have participated in these classes have noted that humming has a soothing effect on their babies after being born as a result.
In addition to your baby responding to your voice, they can also respond to music. Play calming music for your baby. Classical tunes are always a good choice. It’s not necessary, but if you want to, you can even put headphones around your baby bump. Just be sure to keep the volume low since amniotic fluid can amplify the music.
Babies also react to your hormones. Research has shown that mothers with stressful pregnancies and anxious personalities are often linked to babies with emotional difficulties. While the direct cause-and-effect link is still a mystery, many experts suspect that it has something to do with the stress hormones that cross the placenta. Stay calm and surround yourself with positive people and positive influences throughout your pregnancy.
Spend time thinking about your baby, talking to him, singing to her, and putting healthy food in your body for both of you. By reducing stress and focusing on the positive aspects of your pregnancy and family, you will also likely have a more enjoyable pregnancy.