During the later part of pregnancy, each baby develops her own sleep/wakefulness rhythm. You can get a good idea of what this rhythm is by the baby's activity patterns. Some babies will tend to be fairly quiet during the day -- lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking motion as Mom moves about her daily activities.
"After the baby comes..." How many times have you used that phrase followed by a task you lack energy to complete? Let us clue you in.
What's a girl to do when her partner thinks that breastfeeding just plain sucks? Try a gentle hand, a bit of finesse and these proven rebuttals!
It was relaxed, I felt in control, I feel I kept my dignity, I didn't have to fight to get the birth I wanted. It was an amazing experience. I wish all women could have a birth like that!
Imagine it's a really cold winter morning, and you're buried under cozy, warm blankets, not even wanting to peek a finger out. Then suddenly the alarm blares at you and you're forced to jump out of bed. It's quite the contrast, but nothing compared to the changes your baby faces at birth.
Most babies appear healthy at birth, full of life and possibility. Yet they could be hiding a rare or potentially devastating disease. Identifying and treating infants with these disorders early can help ensure a long, healthy life.
Your first days, weeks and even months can be an emotional roller coaster!
Having just experienced the postpartum stage again for the fourth time, I can honestly say that sometimes even preparing does not seem to help. You are preparing for something you have no idea how it will present itself. Your birth is unpredictable, and so is postpartum.
What causes the most stress in new families? Discover the usual suspects, add predicted new ones, then clarify and create action plans ahead of time to improve family organization and cohesion.
During these first weeks, you may be all consumed trying to meet the basic needs of your baby and yourself it is also important to remember to try and connect with your baby and find joy in simple ways. This early bonding will be rewarding for both of you later on.