By Cat Bowen, April 16, 2020

As for what they’re feeling, and if they’re interacting with you as you press down on your baby bump, it seems as though they can and do, notes Kecia Gaither, Director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. “Absolutely, babies can respond to touch,” she tells Romper, confirming many moms’ suspicions. I remember pressing down on the thin skin of my heavily pregnant bump, only to have an elbow or a foot kick up in the same place where I had pressed. It was like my very own version of “tag” or “follow the leader.” It made me feel connected to my babies in a way that I wasn’t getting purely by serving as their incubator.

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