For some women pregnancy comes naturally and effortlessly. For me it didn't that's for sure, although it didn't stop me from having four children! For me I bonded with my babies as soon as I knew that I was pregnant, that part was easy, but for others again that doesn't come as naturally. Many women worry that they won't bond with their baby when it is born, especially if it is their second pregnancy, they can't imagine the love they have for their first child covering another child too. Well, trust me it does, and even if bonding with your baby doesn't come naturally to you, there are some things that you can do whilst you are pregnant to make a great start.
Your baby can hear you with a pregnancy necklace
One of the biggest things you can do with your unborn baby is to talk to them. You might feel silly at first but chat to them as you are pottering about the house, just tell them things about your day and what you have planned and what you are doing. It doesn't matter what you talk about, it all helps them to get to know the sound of your voice. You could also sing to them or play music and you will find that they find the same songs soothing when they are out of the womb too!
You can even get pregnancy necklaces like the beautiful harmony necklaces from Le Petit Bola. These beautiful necklaces are worn as a pendant and they make a soft bell sound which will help to calm down the baby in utero, and after their birth too. They come from Indonesia where they were created to give luck and calmness to the unborn baby. Now mothers from all over the world recognise the benefits and the necklace melody will help to calm down the newborn because they recognise the peaceful sound from the womb.
Moisturise & Massage
You will probably be wanting to look after your pregnant stretching skin so take the time every morning and evening to rub in some moisturiser or body oil. I loved spending 5 minutes doing this, as I would think about the baby and imagine life with them here in my arms. I'm feeling nostalgic even writing about it!
You could even book yourself in for a pregnancy massage in a local spa or salon. Many places offer specialised treatments now and it would be lovely to spend some time indulging yourself and your bump.
One of the best ways to prepare for birth and being a mother is to meet other people in the same situation. This is where pregnancy groups and ante-natal classes come into their own. They are not only a great way to learn about what you are in store for over the next couple of months but they are the perfect way to meet new friends. You will enjoy meeting up on maternity leave for coffee and cake before your babies arrive and you can share pregnancy stories and tips. Immersing yourself in the world of pregnant women will help you to bond with your baby too as you won't feel so alone.
Decorate the nursery
I think decorating the nursery is such a lovely way of bonding with your unborn baby. Taking the time to shop for bits and pieces that they will need, deciding on a colour scheme and buying little clothes will all help you to mentally prepare for the new person who is about to enter your life. I remember when Baby N's nursery was all put together just sitting in there for a while imagining him being here. You don't have to know the baby's gender to decorate the nursery, I never found out what we were having on all four of mine, there are some great gender neutral nursery ideas out there, just take a look at Pinterest for inspiration.
Take a baby moon
Lastly if you can definitely try to take a baby moon holiday with your partner. Even just a few days somewhere just the two of you and bump will be such a special bonding time, and it will be difficult to get away together for a while after the birth so definitely make the most of it while you can. Spend a couple of days by the pool in the spa or relaxing on a beach somewhere, talking over the next few exciting months in your lives and all your hopes and dreams for your future as a family.
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