8 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR BABY BUMP

Preg­nancy can be quite over­whelm­ing, but each pass­ing day can help you grow closer to your baby. M&B lists down some ways to love your bal­loon­ing belly, and cre­ate an eter­nal bond

Mother & Baby - - CONTENTS - BY SANIA DHIRWANI

How to ex­press your love to your un­born child

IT’S Valen­tine’s Day! Ev­ery year, the 14th of Fe­bru­ary marks a spe­cial time for show­ing your part­ner, just how much you care. And while we be­lieve that you don’t need a des­ig­nated day in the year to ex­press yout love, par­tak­ing in the fe­s­iv­i­ties does help to make you feel ex­tra spe­cial. Now, if you’re ex­pec­tant par­ents, there’s no bet­ter time than now to let those emo­tions flow, es­pe­cially to your baby that’s about to be born. Here are some ways to love your bump, and your baby at the same time

1 HAVE THE TALK!

From about 23 weeks, your baby can hear your heart­beat and the rum­bling of your hun­gry stom­ach. Talk­ing to your baby while still in the womb seems a lit­tle funny and will make you self-con­scious. But, talk­ing and sing­ing is one of the most ef­fec­tive ways to bond with your un­born baby. Dr Chaitali Lad­dad, founder and direc­tor, The Pe­di­atric Net­work, says, “Spend some time, ev­ery day, in­ter­act­ing with your baby. Talk about the ac­tiv­i­ties you will do to­gether or the des­ti­na­tions you will visit; tell your baby about how you have been feel­ing all day. Af­ter your baby’s birth, she will be able to recog­nise your voice and will turn her head to­wards you when you talk to her.”

2 BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT!

Prac­tic­ing yoga and med­i­ta­tion is an an­cient method that re­laxes your mind and re­duces stress. The ideal time to start an­te­na­tal yoga is in your sec­ond trimester (af­ter 14 weeks). Dr Lad­dad opines, “En­rolling your­self in an­te­na­tal yoga classes will help you stay tuned in to your preg­nancy phase. It is the best way to pro­vide relief from preg­nancy blues and anx­i­ety. Th­ese ex­er­cises help a mum-to-be fo­cus on the growth and devel­op­ment of her baby.” Fur­ther elab­o­rat­ing, Dr Anil Sethi, coun­sel­lor, mo­ti­va­tor and psychologist says, “Yoga helps main­tain good health and en­sures a smooth de­liv­ery. Med­i­ta­tion and breath­ing tech­niques taught in th­ese classes help re­duce stress and anx­i­ety.” 3 DADDY-BABY AT­TACH­MENT! Moth­ers have first-hand phys­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence of what be­ing preg­nant feels like, in­clud­ing the highs and lows. Dads don’t have the op­por­tu­nity to bond with their baby the way moth­ers do, but there are plenty of ways to help your part­ner bond with your grow­ing baby. Dr Lad­dad ap­peals to ex­pec­tant mums, ex­plain­ing, “The mo­ment you feel the baby kick, im­me­di­ately place your part­ners hand over the belly. Let him feel the kick and ask him to rub his hands over your tummy. Watch­ing the re­la­tion­ship strengthen be­tween the dad and the baby, might help you de­velop a deeper bond not only with the baby but also with your hus­band.” She fur­ther adds, “A hus­band can fur­ther pam­per his preg­nant wife by spend­ing more time with her, go­ing on short drives to­gether, read­ing a book to the baby, tak­ing her for a night walk and also ac­com­pa­ny­ing her to her check-ups.” Par­tic­i­pa­tion from ex­pec­tant fa­thers will make you feel that you are in this preg­nancy to­gether and will also bring you closer.

4 MAS­SAGE THER­APY!

There’s no doubt that a mas­sage is a great way to re­lax. When you’re ex­pect­ing, get­ting a mas­sage has never been more im­por­tant. Dr Lad­dad says, “Th­ese mas­sages help re­lax tensed mus­cles, aids cir­cu­la­tion and mo­bil­ity, and makes you feel good. Preg­nancy changes your cen­ter of grav­ity and puts a lot of pres­sure on your back, neck, ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles and shoul­ders. Preg­nancy mas­sages can help ease some of the pres­sure and al­le­vi­ate lower back pains and headaches.”

5 DIVE IN!

Swim­ming is a great way to take the weight off your feet. Not only it is a safe way to ex­er­cise, it also gives you a chance to re­late to your baby since she is float­ing in flu­ids too. Dr Lad­dad says, “Swim­ming for ex­pect­ing mums of­fers great ben­e­fits as com­pared to other forms of phys­i­cal train­ing and ex­er­cises. It is the most harm­less way of work­ing out as the wa­ter helps to sup­port body weight and lessen the bur­den on the spine and limbs. It also helps to en­hance

one’s aer­o­bic ca­pac­ity and of­fers relief from morn­ing sick­ness.” Opt­ing for aqua­na­tal classes is an ideal way to tone up your body, and even make new friends in the process.

6 PLAN A GET­AWAY!

Af­ter the baby ar­rives, go­ing for a va­ca­tion to re­lax will def­i­nitely not be on the cards. You and your spouse will hardly have the time to talk, let alone spend some time to­gether. Go­ing on a baby­moon just be­fore your lit­tle munchkin ar­rives will give you two some time off from your daily rou­tine. Dr Lad­dad says, “A va­ca­tion here on is go­ing to in­volve a great deal of plan­ning and ex­e­cu­tion. Make use of this op­por­tu­nity, plan an amaz­ing and re­lax­ing baby­moon es­cape, and en­gage in some se­ri­ous cou­ple bond­ing be­fore your bun­dle of joy ar­rives. Par­ent­hood is a stress­ful af­fair; this is a great way to recharge and re­con­nect be­fore the baby ar­rives.”

7 CLICK CLICK!

Your jour­ney to­wards moth­er­hood is ir­re­place­able. The mo­ments you ex­pe­ri­ence when you are about to be­come a mommy (es­pe­cially if it’s your first baby) are ex­tremely spe­cial and un­for­get­table. “Cap­tur­ing your preg­nancy phase will give you mem­o­ries to last a life­time. Take am­ple side-pro­file pho­tos of your belly ev­ery week. This will help you com­pare the size of your bump and you will be able to es­ti­mate the growth and devel­op­ment of your baby. Tak­ing pho­to­graphs is a great vis­ual re­minder of all the var­i­ous al­ter­ations and changes you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing. Opt­ing for a pro­fes­sional shoot with your part­ner is also a great way to bond and pre­serve pre­cious mem­o­ries,” says Dr Lad­dad.

8 PLAY BUMP GAMES!

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Lad­dad, “The sole method of com­mu­ni­cat­ing and in­ter­act­ing with your baby all this while is through kick­ing and nudg­ing. Your baby be­comes more en­er­getic the mo­ment you sit down to re­lax. Re­spond­ing back to the baby’s move­ment is a great way to play with your un­born child. When the baby pokes you, poke back, and wait to see what your baby does next. Also, rub the area of your belly where you are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing move­ments.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.