How to read to your unborn baby
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Connecting with the baby growing in utero is a great way to prepare your pregnant self for the journey of motherhood ahead.
Stroking your growing belly, playing music and especially reading to your unborn child are all easy ways to get you focused on the parenting journey.
Reading, in particular, is a great way to stimulate not only your own mind, but potentially that of your unborn baby. Once the baby is at 25 weeks gestation, he can actually recognize the voice of his parents, which he may find particularly soothing.
The womb is not a quiet environment and unborn babies grow to a soundscape of his mother's heartbeat, digestive sounds and the rushing of blood through the umbilical cord. Sounds from outside the body -like the voices of his future parents- will be about 10 decibels lower but can be heard by the baby.
By 18 weeks, a baby can hear the sound of your heartbeat and loud noises from the outside world. By 25 weeks, he can begin to distinguish the voices of those closest to him - especially those of his mother and father. Here are some other ways to bond through books and literacy: