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Healthy pregnancy by Lynn Huggins-Cooper, Infinite Ideas

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16. Getting to know you

Chatting with your bump – lunacy or a head start?

Much is said about bonding with your baby at birth, but what about during pregnancy? There aren’t many mums and dads who haven’t patted ‘The Bump’ and spoken to him or her. Is this more than just a bit of fun?

Prenatal psychologists, using electronic foetal monitors and ultrasound, have proven without doubt that babies in the womb react to stimuli from the external environment and from their parents. From an astonishing eight weeks your baby’s first nerve endings reach the surface of his or her body and he or she can feel sensations.

By the sixteenth week of pregnancy, your baby’s ears are functioning. He or she hears the reassuring rhythmic beat of your heart and ...

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