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Preparing for Pregnancy
Listening to your baby in utero and outside utero
Touch and the benefits of Infant Massage
The Fourth Trimester

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Preparing for Pregnancy


Some  pregnancies  are unplanned and people react and start to worry that maybe they are living a lifestyle which is not quite suitable for pregnancy like drinking alchohol or maybe smoking or eating the wrong diet or that they may cause harm to their baby without intention.

If we approached planning a pregnancy as so particular as buying a new car or house then we would invest alot of time, energy and research in the preparation. The ideal would be the longer the preparation the better but at least a minimum of three months preparation would be advisable.

Listening to your baby in utero and outside utero


Seek first to understand, then to be understood’- Stephen & Cory

This statement is all about listening to each other effectively so needs are met on either side. This can be established between parent and child even before the child has been born, and for either parent even if it is the mother who is carrying the baby in utero for nine months, the role of the father is as important in listening to the baby’s needs as well as the mother.

Some people may seem to be more tuned into their unborn baby and its not because they are any different to anyone else but have become more open and conscious to listening to their child both in the physical and non physical sense.

Touch and the benefits of Infant Massage

“Being touched and caressed, being massaged, is food for the infant: food as necessary as minerals, vitamins and proteins” – Dr Frederick Leboyer
 
Touch is the first sense that a baby develops in utero and it is used instinctively from when they are born into the world. It is part of them and it is the best way for them to learn about themselves, the world and their place in it, through the messages they receive through their skin. It can range from a natural reflex like rooting for their fist or feeling and smelling for their food source (for example the nipple of a breast or teat of a bottle) to grabbing whatever they can reach out to.

The Fourth Trimester

 
The idea of a fourth trimester is being discussed a lot more in the last few years with parents becoming more informed about pregnancy, birth and parenting. Therefore, the birth professionals are starting to realise that the time period from birth to three months is so important for both baby and mother, as well as for fathers as they experience this journey together.

Most people are aware of the three trimesters of pregnancy, where baby grows and develops from a fetus to a healthy term infant born somewhere between 37 weeks and 42 weeks gestation period.
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