Everybody’s experience during pregnancy and beyond is different.
Whilst we all go about our pregnancy slightly differently, there are few things that cannot be ignored like, maintaining good health and having a regular health check up.
Talking to your baby bump is not an integral part of the process. It can however help both mum and baby long term through what can be a difficult time.
The Benefits for mum
Taking the time to sit down and talk to your baby bump is a wonderful way to bond and acknowledge your pregnancy.
Acknowledging that you are soon going to be a Mother is an integral part of your journey. Sharing your private thoughts and emotions with your bump is a great way to de-stress without fear of being judged. It may even help you to get past some concerns you might have as you build the bond with your child.
Establishing a close bond early on may help to eliminate any feelings of disconnect form your pregnancy. Taking the time to slow down and acknowledge the dramatic changes your life is about to take may help in accepting it.
Talking to your baby bump is a wonderful way to practice your parenting skills. Early on in our pregnancy we make decisions about the food we eat, exercise, the clothes we wear, environments we visit, sleep etc. All of the decisions impact the well being of our unborn child.
Protecting our children is a mother’s natural instinct and this will kick into place immediately even before your baby is born.
Your partner may also want to participate in talking to your unborn baby. Spending time together bonding with your unborn child is a wonderful experience for both Mum and Dad and will help to build a strong parental bond. Baby will also benefit from being familiar with his father's voice.
Talking to our bump also makes us more aware of our body. We are more in tune with our baby’s movements and routine. Should his routine change, trust your instinct and seek medical advice immediately.
The benefits for baby
A developing baby can hear sounds from inside the womb very early on. As early as 14 weeks, which is in the second trimester. Familiar sounds such as your voice will help to create a sense of security. The more he hears your voice the more secure he can feel. This is particularly true after he is born, as he will be drawn to your voice and other sounds he recognizes.
Talking to your bump can also help with your baby’s speech development and recognition of sounds. The sound he hears helps to builds neuron connections in the brain, whilst in the womb that are responsible for hearing.
Repetition of sounds helps to reinforce language and build familiarity.
If multiple languages are spoken at home expose your bump to it.
Baby’s brains are like sponges and will absorb everything they are exposed to even when in the womb. Talking to your baby bump often will help to accelerate his learning of language and his social skills.
Reading aloud to your bump is beneficial and will also help in speech development. Many children’s books use rhyme and repetition. These sounds create patterns and variations in your voice.
Continue to read these same books once baby is born, as he will recognize them and find comfort.
If reading to your bump is out of your comfort zone, then nursery rhymes, children’s lullabies or singing your favorite song might be more your style. They too are beneficial as they are soothing and provide comfort.
Talking to your baby bump helps to stimulate his developing brain. You may notice that he becomes more mobile inside your belly, when you talk to him and that he responds to certain words with kicks and turns. You might even want to play a game where you push back slightly. Early play is beneficial to both mother and baby bonding.
This is a guest Blog by Tracey Montford, Founder of Cake Maternity.
Like many women out there, Tracy Montford is an exceptional multi-tasker! Apart from steering a global business, managing 2 young boys & keeping the clan clean and fed, Tracey still finds time to provide creative inspiration and direction to the exceptional designs of Cake Maternity. From the branding, presentation and delivery, creativity is a big part of what Tracey does so naturally and effectively. Find out more at https://au.cakematernity.com/ or catch up with her on social @cakematernity