Talk to your baby
Now that you know your baby can hear you, add in some extra “talk time” with your belly. No worries if you’ve yet to stock the nursery with children’s books. Any reading or talking will do. One study from the journal Developmental Psychobiology
measured how the fetal heartbeat responded to both maternal and paternal voices. While babies responded to both, researchers concluded that the fetuses preferred their mother’s voices. If you want to strengthen your baby’s bond with your partner, try to schedule additional “talk time” between your partner and your belly. Some researchers
have theorized that reading to your baby in the womb could lead to intellectual benefits after they’re born. But there’s still much that’s not known about what, if any, benefits this could offer. Some
speculate that the benefits are actually from the relaxation and lower stress that mothers experience from sitting down and reading to their belly. Either way, scheduling regular story time is a great excuse to slow down and enjoy this special time.
Eat well, move more
If you have been maintaining a mostly healthy diet, try not to stress over any not-so-great choices. If you haven’t yet started implementing healthy choices, it’s never too late to start. There are some serious benefits
to preventing too much weight gain during pregnancy. Keeping your weight in check reduces your risk for complications such as hypertension and gestational diabetes. The best way to do that is to eat a balanced diet and keep up (or start) a safe exercise routine. If you’re not sure what’s safe, check in with your healthcare provider.