Recent research, from the University of Cambridge, revealed that a mother’s attitude about her baby during pregnancy may actually impact how she interacts with her little one after birth. Yep. What you’re thinking and feeling, when it comes to baby, during those three trimesters may directly connect to your mama-behaviors in the post-preggo days, weeks or months.

The study, published in the journal Developmental Review, includes data analysis from 14 different research projects that involved 1,862 mothers and fathers. The participants underwent interviews and filled out questionnaires, reporting on their feelings towards their unborn babies.

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After the baby’s big birthday, researchers looked at the ways that the parents and the infant interacted. This included how parents were able to notice, understand and react to their child based on the baby’s signals.

While the researchers did find a link between the mothers’ attitudes towards their not-yet-born babies and how they interact with them after birth, the connection was only modest. So what does this mean?

Well to start with, it may mean that connecting with baby in utero doesn’t have a major impact on how you interact with them after giving birth. Or it might mean that it does. More research is needed to make any further conclusions. But when it comes down to it, interacting with your baby is always a good thing—always.

—Erica Loop

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