By Melanie Edwards Original post here
Bonding with your unborn baby can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a pregnancy. I recently shared that feeling my baby move and kick is the one thing I miss most about being pregnant. That is because feeling my baby inside the womb and having baby respond to my words and actions was simply a great feeling – one that is hard to explain.
There are many ways pregnant women go about bonding with their unborn baby, but I’d have to say that rubbing my belly was something I constantly did. In talking with other moms about how they bonded with their baby in utero, I can say that rubbing the belly was a recurring and constant theme. I think it’s just natural to rub your belly when you’re pregnant and best of all, your baby feels your touch! Beyond rubbing your pregnant belly, there are quite a few other ways to bond with your preborn baby. Here’s what ten moms had to say!
Bonding with Baby in the Womb: 10 Moms Share How they Bonded with Their Unborn Baby
Let's Talk, Baby “I would rub my belly and talk to the baby. I would sit in the nursery rocker and listen to lullabies and just talk to my soon to be little one.” – Sommer, blogger, author, and consultant
All About the Music “Through music. I would play a large range of music from Venezuelan folk to disco to rock en español and everything in between. Four years later we still bond through song and dance.” – Helena, Pink Guayoyo
Love for Books “I always spoke to her but the way that we bonded best was reading. I would pull out a picture book and read at night before going to bed. She, in turn, would react by moving and flipping in my belly. This is how I knew she was going to be a lover of books!” – Sili, My Mamihood
Family History “I talked to my babies while they were in the womb in Spanish and told them about their Spanish-speaking family members.” – Unknown Mami
TV Fan “Watching TV very loud. He used to move around a lot whenever he heard Mary Murphy on “So You Think You Can Dance”. When he was born and we watched the show together he would get really hyper too.” – Pattie, Living Mi Vida Loca
Positive Energy “I would sit and rub my hands together visualizing positive energy. Then I would start separating them while still spinning them around (like holding an imaginary ball) continuing to feel the energy between my palms even though they were separated. I would then take my hands and imaginary positive energy forcefield and rub my belly with it.” – Taryn, social media and networking consultant
Bilingual Learning “I used to play all my music, movies, etc. in Spanish so she would have a head start on bilingualism by already being used to the sound and flow of Spanish.” – Chantilly, Bicultural Mom Sing Baby, Sing “Music. Not only did I play music for my daughter, but I also sung to her everyday.” – Dayana, mom of 1
Long Walks “I sang to her. I also took walks and talked her ears off all while rubbing my belly.” – Alba, Independent Mami
Budding Foodie “Eating the food I loved! As a foodie I had to share my love for food with my babies whom have grown up to have such great palates!” – Nadia, Justice Jonesie