Most people will naturally do a bit of this during pregnancy, and there are things you can do to support this, such as:
- Talking to your bump. You could try discussing what you are up to (‘So now I’m going to go for a swim. I wonder whether that feels different for you?’)
- Interacting with your baby when they kick (‘Hello! How is it in there? A bit cramped now?)
- Maybe sing some songs or nursery rhymes to your baby (If you feel self-conscious, maybe do it when no one is around.)
- When you’re relaxing, maybe rub your bump and ask the baby how they are doing
- Some people like journaling or writing letters to their baby. You might never show your child these letters, or else you might find that it’s a really lovely thing to look at when they are older.
- You might talk to other people about your thoughts about who this baby might be, whether you think they might be like you or your partner, what your hopes are for them.
- Scans can be really helpful, especially later scans and 4D scans that show your baby looking almost the same way as they might appear after birth. This can be especially helpful for partners.