The swooshing sounds in the womb are there 24/7 and the mother’s movements provide a sense of being rocked and swayed for a large portion of the day. The mother’s blood stream carries an endless stream of hormones, such as those that regulate sleep and the ability to stay content, and there is nothing to cause pain or discomfort.
Within seconds, the whole world changes as the baby emerges out of the womb!! Bright lights, being touch, loud sounds and no longer any restriction of movement. The constant food supply has gone, and the baby now needs to signal when he/she is hungry, tired or uncomfortable. And to you it all sounds the same – WHAAAEEE!! That is, till you get to know your baby better.
It is going to take your baby around 3 to 4 months to begin to learn how to adapt to living outside the womb and you are there to facilitate this. However, you have never met your baby before until the moment of birth. There is a lot of getting-to-know-you – which will be a constant journey throughout your child’s life. As you start this journey, look at your baby and ask yourself “What is he/she trying to tell me?” They can communicate but the form of communication may seem totally foreign initially. We have instincts though that we can begin to tap into and as you spend more and more time with your baby you will quickly learn what your baby is trying to say. Be patient, with yourself and your baby. It all takes time!
There are some things though that may take you by surprise. Most of these are a result of the change in hormones your baby’s body will experience following the birth. Here are 5 common things to look out for in the first few weeks after the birth.
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