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.