Relationship with baby

 

Evidence suggests that a baby’s brain increases in size 17-fold in the last 20 weeks of pregnancy and taking time to build a relationship with your baby during this time will enhance brain growth and development. There are many ways you can get to know your baby before he or she arrives. You can:

  • Talk or sing to your baby
  • Stroke and gently massage the bump
  • Notice when your baby is particularly active and when its resting
  • Think about what the baby might look like
  • Imagine what it will be like when you become a parent
  • Get your partner, siblings or other family members to talk to the baby

After your baby arrives it might take a little while to get used to it, having a baby is a huge life changing event and so its really common to feel overwhelmed or unsure. Talk to your midwife for more advice. You will begin to bond with your baby, skin to skin contact helps this and evidence shows that the more a mother cuddles and holds her baby the stronger the bond. A baby who grows up in a loving and nurturing environment has the best chance to grow into a well-adjusted adult who will contribute positively to society.

Remember, trust your instincts, if something doesn’t seem right seek help straight away.