What is a pregnancy bola?
A bola is a piece of jewellery consisting of a copper sphere, sometimes enclosed in a sort of cage, which may be openwork, chiselled, decorated with precious stones or charms. The sphere is filled with tiny metal balls which, as they clash, make very delicate ringing noises. Traditional bulan bolas are made of silver on the island of Bali in Indonesia. Popular belief has it that they provide protection for the mother and her baby. The pregnancy bola is worn as a very long necklace, so that the pendant reaches the navel, as close as possible to your child.
Why wear a bola throughout your pregnancy?
From the 19th week of pregnancy (about 4 months), your baby can hear sounds from outside. This is the ideal time to start wearing a bola necklace. Of course, you can choose to wear it much earlier. It's the perfect gift for a pregnant woman, a baby shower, a birthday, a unique Valentine's Day, or simply to please a mother-to-be with an unusual piece of pregnancy jewellery.
The gentle tinkling of your bola necklace will soothe your baby and create a special relationship between you and her. You can use the benefits of the bola necklace to your advantage by doing some small exercises, such as moving the bola back and forth in the palm of your hand in front of your belly button, or using it to draw large arcs on your belly. You can also let your bola necklace sway naturally and tinkle freely as you move around. Thanks to the soothing sounds of the pregnancy bola, you share a special bond with your baby, cuddling him even before he is born.
Benefits of the bola after pregnancy
The connection created during pregnancy with a bola necklace can be reinforced long after the birth. The characteristic tinkling of your jewellery acts as a comforting cue: the reassuring sounds your child heard long before joining your arms.
Pregnancy bolas are also beautiful and refined pieces of jewellery that will enhance any outfit. To soothe or entertain your baby, don't hesitate to give your pregnancy necklace a second life after the birth. While you are changing or playing with your baby, the bola helps to awaken him or her while prolonging the bond forged during pregnancy. You can also hang your bola necklace on the pram or pushchair, making walks all the more relaxing. If you are taking advantage of our parenting workshops with Ma Bonne Fée, your bola necklace can serve as a link between you and the nanny who is helping you.
Wearing a bola necklace during your pregnancy is much more than just the pleasure of wearing a piece of jewellery. Because the bola is not a necklace like any other, it is a precious object that your child will be able to pass on to her/himself, like a family jewel emotionally rich in memories of the first moments of her/his life and her/his bond with her/his mother.