Four easy ways to increase your love hormone

Boost your levels of oxytocin, the love hormone that’s vital in helping mothers bond with their babies.

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The oxytocin released during pregnancy, labour and birth puts you well on the road to being a great mum. Insights Mind Centre psychologist Daniel Koh spells out simple strategies to increase this brain chemical.

  • Spend time with your spouse and family members

It also has a positive effect on mums-to-be. Or try stroking your belly in a rhythmic fashion, as this has a calming and soothing effect on your soon-to-be-born baby.

  • Learn to love yourself

Tell yourself that you are just like other expectant mums going through a similar process.

  • Don’t let resentment and anger take over your motherly instincts

If you are having a particularly difficult pregnancy, tell yourself that there’s no such thing as the perfect pregnancy.

  • Be in control of your emotions

Remind yourself that you and baby will be okay. More importantly, enjoy your pregnancy.

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