Emotional and physical changes storm out during the first days after giving birth. Colostrum will start to ooze out and you’ll be subjecting yourself to more feeding time and sleepless nights. Just when you’re getting used to the hang of things, your baby changes. Welcome to the secrets of parenthood!
These moments might be a little too much to handle for new moms.
So what will you expect during the first month after giving birth?
Bleeding will occur.
Bleeding from your vagina will occur right after giving birth. This blood is called “lochia”. Don’t sweat because this is normal. Clots may be present, it could be bright red and heavy. Though normal, you have to be cautious at this stage, if you pass a clot bigger than 50 cents and a noticed a foul-smelling odor, you have to report this immediately to your doctor. At this stage, house help like a part time nanny will be of great help because you still can’t perform normal duties at this stage.
If you have stitches, you can bathe the area with warm water to keep it clean. Warm water will help increase blood circulation in the area and promote faster healing process. Pelvic floor exercises will be of great help too.
At this stage, bowel movements will also be a little scary. It is important for you to take high fiber diet to avoid constipation.
If you are experiencing headaches, leg swelling, blurring of vision, heavy vaginal bleeding, or signs of being unwell, you have to seek professional help already.
You will feel irritable and more emotional during these times. These emotions are normal. Even though it’s typical, they must be addressed properly so as not to aggravate into depression. During these times, you need family support or also contact a maid agency infant care to help. If the feeling doesn’t resolve in 2 weeks’ time, consider seeking for a professional help.
Once you got out of the hospital together with your little one, friends and relatives will most likely get very excited to see the both of you. That is great, but the experience will most be a little tiring for the both of you. Make sure schedule them in your most convenient time not compromising your rest. Rest is important for you especially during the first week so you could compensate with your baby’s needs and attend to it level headed.
Your baby’s first week.
A one-week old baby will spend most of the time sleeping. Round-the-clock-feedings will most likely describe this stage. Some of us might think we are well equipped during this stage. We have arranged the crib, washed the tiny clothes, stocked diapers and hung the nicest curtains for our baby’s homecoming.
Sure, you did all the necessary steps you can possibly think of before your baby’s arrival. But don’t expect nothing will cause you trouble despite the preparation. This is the stage you need to master new skills like, properly holding the baby, swaddling, breastfeeding, soothing a crying, baby or surviving lack of sleep.
To ease down your first week, make sure to get support from family and try to find a nanny if no one is available.
Your baby’s second week.
At this stage, your baby cannot yet focus using their eyes, but loves staring into your face with intense interest and concentration. One general rule we can consider at this stage is that the baby has a perfectly good skin color and consumes at around six to eight nappies a day.
At this stage, you will gain a little bit of confidence in handling your baby. Little by little, everything you do will be based on your motherly instinct in addressing your baby’s needs. At this point, your hormones have settled down and your feeling starts to get a little better.
Your baby’s umbilical cord will probably fall off this week. Make sure you clean the area well to avoid infection.
Your baby’s third week.
The baby at this stage is becoming a little stronger and changes every single day. They can lift their heads up for seconds, and some can turn from side to side. Others develop colic at this stage. These are periods of crying for two to three hours usually at night. Your baby at this stage can be a little more alert and active.
Your baby’s fourth week.
At this stage, your baby gets familiar with faces and sounds especially your voice. They can see more clearly up to about 18 inches in front of them. They start to coo and continue strong reflex movements.
By this time, you have gone through an enormous amount of change in just a month’s time. Recognize everything that you have accomplished and give yourself a pat on the back for doing the good job.