Four Tips to Make Your Baby Happy During Pregnancy
If you’re pregnant, or if your partner is expecting a baby, you may think that you have to wait to make your baby happy until after he or she is born. However, we have a surprise for you. You don’t have to wait for 9 months! Keep reading this article to find out how you can make your baby happy during pregnancy.
How to Make Your Baby Happy During Pregnancy
Surely you’re excited or eager to have your little one in your arms and to finally meet him or her. However, you can enjoy time with your baby before s/he is born.
In fact, spending time on your little one, even while in the womb, is vital for development and well-being. As it’s important to really take advantage of this process, we’ll share four tips to make your baby happy during pregnancy.
1. Talk to your baby
By the fourth month of pregnancy, your child can already hear sounds. In fact, from that time on, your baby will be listening to you all of the time: the beating of your heart, the sound of your breathing and even the vibrations of your organs.
It’s pretty incredible, don’t you think?
It’s important to note that the first relationship that the baby experiences is the one s/he establishes with mother. After all, in addition to getting to know you, your baby also learns from you. This relationship creates very strong bonds through sounds, especially through parents’ voices.
When a mother and father talk to their unborn baby, they share their spoken language. As a result, their baby develops linguistic capacity and also grows healthier, more affectionate and more sensitive.
The same goes for singing.
In the article “Logrando una maternidad feliz” (Achieving a Happy Motherhood), the author points out that singing is one of the “best foods that mothers can give to their children” since it boosts the child’s brain development.
So, if you want to make your baby happy during pregnancy, talk or sing to your baby whenever you can. Maybe your little one will respond calmly or well, giving you a surprise by making a few kicks.
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2. Listen to music
Listening to music together can be very special for you and your little one. Music is a means of expression or a language through which we can communicate, even without words. For this reason, it’s not uncommon for music therapy to be used as a therapeutic tool to offer emotional support and relaxation.
Thanks to music, it’s possible to reflect one’s true feelings. This is very positive. So, share this with your baby since you’re giving him or her a healthy exposure to expression.
According to the author of the book El embarazo musical: Estimulación, comunicación y vínculo prenatal a través de la música (The musical pregnancy: Stimulation, communication and prenatal bonding through music), certain sounds found in music have certain frequencies that travel through the auditory atmosphere of the womb.
As a result, your baby can perceive the sounds you share. In fact, thanks to music, the baby will feel a series of positive feelings such as protection, security, trust and love…but that’s not all.
Music also works as an interactive neurotransmitter. That is to say, it allows for the transmission of information between neurons, glands, cells or muscle fibers. In addition, these neurotransmitters leave a kind of record imprinted on the little one.
In this way, all the pleasurable sensations that the baby experienced during his gestation will be recorded in his or her cellular and pituitary system. As a result, your little one will be able to reference these pleasant emotions when he listens to music, and it will make him or her feel a warm sensation similar to that of his mother’s presence.
Is it possible to play with your little one while he is still in the womb? It may seem a bit strange to you, but it’s possible to interact with your unborn baby through various techniques of fetal stimulation.
One of these methods is to use a flashlight on the belly to stimulate the baby’s visual senses. Inside, the baby closes its eyes upon perceiving the stimuli of light and reacts by making some movement or change in his or her behavior. Although the baby does not need light for visual development, this dynamic is important to establish circadian rhythms.
So, when applying this technique, it could be said that you’re playing with your little one while helping him or her to develop.
Why don’t you try it?
4. Eat healthy sweet foods
After the fourth month, your baby can perceive sour, sweet, bitter and salty flavors.
But how does s/he do this?
The answer is that what his mother consumes passes through the amniotic fluid, and, in turn, the baby consumes this liquid.
In fact, it’s interesting to note that the baby ingests considerable quantities of this fluid (between 201 and 760 cubic centimeters per day). For this reason, your little one can perceive the aforementioned flavors.
Now then, how can you make your baby happy during pregnancy through these flavors?
A specialized article about a baby’s behavior states that unborn babies are fascinated by the sweet flavor. Later in the same article, it’s explained that if a sweet substance is added to the amniotic fluid, the little one ingests a greater proportion than s/he usually does. If, on the other hand, a bitter substance is added, the baby ingests less amniotic fluid.
So, if you want to make your child happy during pregnancy, consume moderately sweet healthy foods with natural sugar (fructose) like that found in fruits and vegetables.
However, remember that the consumption of artificial sugar during pregnancy can be harmful to your health and that of your little one.
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What do you think of these tips to make your baby happy during pregnancy? As you can see, they’re not activities that take much time or effort. In fact, you may already be doing them without realizing it. And, if not, we encourage you to try them.
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- Partanen, E., Kujala, T., Tervaniemi, M., & Huotilainen, M. (2013). Prenatal music exposure induces long-term neural effects. PLoS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0078946
- Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Feijo, L., & Freedman, J. (2006). Prenatal, perinatal and neonatal stimulation: A survey of neonatal nurseries. Infant Behavior and Development. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2005.07.006