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Why do it?
- Massaging mum’s belly is relaxing for her and the unborn baby. Managing stress is very important for mum and for baby.
- Baby’s sense of touch is the first sense to develop. Baby feels it when mum strokes her puku. Massaging mum’s puku is a way of communicating with baby before birth.
- Massage is a way of responding to baby’s movements in the womb.
How to do it
- Massage can be done with or without massage oil.
- Mum can rub her puku through her clothes.
- When baby moves, mum or dad can gently rub the place where baby is moving — you’re responding to baby. Baby may then respond to you. You’re playing together.
Using more reo Māori
|Te whare tangata
||Sense of touch
|Kia māriri tō tānga