What to Expect for the 4th Trimester?
The fourth trimester starts from the moment your baby is born and lasts until they reach three months. It is the time after birth when your baby begins to adjust to life outside the womb; it is a big transition for both mother and baby. It is during the fourth trimester that your baby gets used to the variety of new noises, lights, smells and sounds of the outside world. The fourth trimester can be difficult; it is a big change and there are many assumptions about it which may not always be true; it is important to remember that you are doing amazing no matter what.
In life pre-baby success may be seen as something that can be measured; getting a promotion, running a marathon, but now success isn’t always so clear. The fourth trimester can seem difficult and successes could be few and far between but remember that everything you are doing for your baby will shape their entire world. You may feel like you’re getting little appreciation now, but it’ll all be worth it. For now, take the small successes; their first smile, their first laugh or when they sleep soundly. Success may be different, but it is still success.
Bouncing back is a common term associated with post-pregnancy; it is used to define many aspects of life with a newborn but often to describe getting your figure back. Life is different now with a baby; bouncing back is not the way to look at it but instead look at how you’re moving forward; you don’t need to go back you’re doing just fine!
There is a lot of guilt surrounding self-care, especially for new mums; however, self-care is extremely important even more so now you have another person relying on you! You need to look after yourself if you’re going to be able to look after someone else so don’t forget that you deserve a pamper too! You are an incredibly important part of your new baby’s world; you need to take care of you!
The first three months of your baby’s life are generally when they are at their fussiest, they cry often, and it can be hard to know why or what to do. This is because they are living in a completely new environment. There are a few ways you can help soothe your baby and help them feel more at ease in their new environment. Skin-to-skin contact is a great way to help soothe your baby; the warmth helps to reassure them whilst the sound of your heartbeat helps them to regulate their own. Babywearing is another way to help soothe them; wearing a sling helps to mimic the feeling of being in the womb and if you wear it across your chest they can once again listen to the familiar sound of your heartbeat.