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Communication During Pregnancy

Even whilst they are still in the womb a baby can begin to build a bond with the people who love them. Babies have been shown to recognise the voices they regularly hear before they are born. They can be comforted by their familiar sound before and after birth.From about 16 weeks babies can hear their Mum’s voice, and by about 20 weeks they start to get to know other familiar voices too.They hear at about half the volume we do. It probably sounds a bit like the noises you may have heard under water in a swimming pool.Knowing unborn babies can hear you gives you a great opportunity to begin communicating and building a bond with your baby even before they are born.

  • Letting your baby hear your voice and the voices of important others as much as possible will let your baby get to know you. It also gives you time to think about your baby and what they mean to you.
    You can begin communicating with your unborn baby by;

    Taking time out to think about your baby;
    Find quiet moments to think about your baby and becoming a parent. Picture meeting your baby and the times you will share. Right from the outset this will help you feel connected to your baby and your relationship with each other. This quiet time release oxytocin; a pregnancy hormone that makes you and baby feel good

    Tune in to your baby’s activity;
    Do they move more at particular times of the day? When are they quietest? What and who do they react to the most? – You will already be getting to know your little one.

    Stroking your bump;
    Let your baby know you are thinking about them and keeping them safe.
    When your baby kicks and moves touch where you feel their movement. You may find that they kick and move in response - showing you they know you are near.

    Play music for you and your unborn baby to listen to;
    Choose music that you and your baby can relax to – play a favourite tune every day – babies have been shown to be soothed by music they have been used to hearing in the womb after they are born.

    Talk, sing and read to your baby;
    Your unborn baby does not care what you say, how you sound they just feel calmed by the very sound of you and will start to build the connection between feeling safe and secure and you.
    • Talk about anything to them; what you are doing, how you are feeling, what you need from the shops! Anything goes.
    • Sing favourite songs, nursery rhymes or something you’ve made up – you sound great to your baby.
    • Read a magazine, a children’s book - anything at all. It will give you and your baby the chance to tune into each other and all the time your baby will be getting to know your voice.

    Get other VIPs involved;
    Encourage your partner to get involved too – the baby can get to know their voice and will be able to recognise it when they arrive,
    Older siblings will also really enjoy talking to the bump and sharing songs and stories with them.


Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

*Click Here* to speak to other Norfolk parents and carers on our online community forum. 

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