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

Four easy ways to increase your love hormone

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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