There is lots of helpful information to support you with talking to your bump during pregnancy.
Taking time out as part of your daily routine to think about and bond with your unborn baby is known to release oxytocin, a hormone which can help your baby’s brain to develop.
You can do this by:
- Stroking your bump or gently massaging your bump
- Talking to your baby
- Noticing and responding to movements
- Having a bath
- Trying pregnancy yoga
- Practising hypnobirthing
- Playing music to your baby (please do not place headphones on your bump as it is too loud for baby)
- Writing a letter to your baby and reading it out loud
- Using an app to help you understand how your baby is growing and developing, such as the Baby Buddy App.
This helps your baby:
To get to know voices, which will help them feel safe and secure; tune up their hearing and get ready for when they will eventually talk.
It will also help them to manage their feelings and have safe and healthy relationships in the future.
- Involve your partner/family/other children
Babies hear their mother’s voices most clearly, but other people in the family can talk and sing to them as well – your baby will love to hear from others too.