From 20 weeks onwards, your baby’s brain grows very quickly. Your baby can recognise your voice from 16 weeks and your partner’s from 20 weeks. They can respond to singing and being read to from 24 weeks and you may find your baby moves around in response to this which is a great way to start your bonding early. There are lots of different ways you can try doing this and find out what works for you. You can try stroking your tummy and singing, playing music and exposing your tummy to light and gentle vibrations.
You will also be communicating with your baby non-verbally through your mood and how you’re feeling so it’s worth making some time to relax as much as you can throughout your pregnancy.