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Daddy's Girl (week 22)

Apparently Little One can hear and has been able to for a good few weeks now. Daddy has tried to communicate with her. This has taken on various methods usually involving him singing at my belly in a dull monotone and waiting. In all fairness it would sometimes get a wriggle. I’m not sure whether she is dancing or trying to escape. He hasn't felt anything though.

I'd tried directing his hand to the danger zone but he had not yet felt the power of Little One...until now.

Finally she has shown Daddy some love. It felt like a bit of a Eureka moment and he looked at me like a rabbit caught in the headlights.

Daddy feels much more involved now. Little One is no longer just an ink blot on a scan but a little powerhouse.

He is a bit excited about the whole thing and has taken each little kick to be a personal communication and seems very impressed by her strength. All very sweet to watch. Not even born and already a daddy's girl.

Clinical Comment

 Simon Mehigan Consultant Midwife

Your babies movement is one of the most reassuring signs for parents and for midwives and doctors that your baby is ok. The following link will take you to the most up to date advice and information about your baby’s movement in pregnancy:

http://www.rcog.org.uk/womens-health/clinical-guidance/your-babys-movements-pregnancy

Talking to your baby will help it when developing its communication when it is born and has been shown to improve baby / parent attachment as it will already recognize your voice. You can talk to it about anything, read a book aloud, the newspaper the football results it's not really about the content more about the baby getting used to your voices. As for singing.....well we can't all be x factor competitors!

 

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by Anna