Lauren Schaefer, 26, a blogger, lives in East Anglia with her partner Paul. She is 20 weeks pregnant.
‘As my cousin’s six-year-old daughter, Naimah, ran towards me, I expected her to fling her open arms around me. Instead, she made a beeline for my bump. “Hello, little baby,” she whispered, gently stroking my stomach. It was the first time Naimah had seen me since my bump had grown. I looked on, happy and a little surprised at how affectionate she was being towards someone not yet born. She’d clearly recognised there was an actual person living inside me, and she didn’t hold back like adults would! She continued running her hands over my bump, chatting away. Watching Naimah communicate so naturally with my baby was a real turning point. Before then, I’d felt the kicks and noticed my stomach swelling, but now I truly appreciated that inside my bump is a real-life little person. And thanks to Naimah, not a day goes by now when I don't talk to my baby.’