OPEN YOUR HEART

Your Pregnancy - - Your Baby -

Emo­tions are held in the chest area where the heart is. With both hands to­gether at the cen­tre of the chest, gen­tly but firmly press out to the sides of your baby’s body, fol­low­ing the ribcage, as if you were flat­ten­ing the pages of a book. With­out lift­ing your hands, bring them back to the cen­tre from where you started.

GROW MY BRAIN

The part of the brain that con­trols bal­ance, mem­ory, hear­ing and crit­i­cal think­ing is found in the tem­po­ral lobe (the area be­hind the ears). Gen­tly wake up the ears by mas­sag­ing the ear­lobes si­mul­ta­ne­ously from top to bot­tom be­tween your fin­gers and thumbs. This will en­hance the growth of the net­works be­tween the ears and the brain. It is also a calm­ing strat­egy when your baby gets frac­tious and over­stim­u­lated.

BACK TO FRONT

It is im­por­tant for your baby to spend some wake­ful time on her tummy. This is a safe and ef­fec­tive way of pro­vid­ing tummy time while she gets a mas­sage on her back, but­tocks and legs. Place baby on her tummy and with well-oiled hands, make small cir­cles all around the back with your fin­ger­tips, mak­ing larger cir­cles over the but­tocks. Don’t for­get to stroke down the legs to the feet, in or­der to bring aware­ness to that part of her body.

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