So, how long is a trimester? If you’re in your right mind, then you’d know that a trimester is a length of time separated into three sections. But, if there’s anything you can count on new parents to do, it’s to make stuff up. So, ladies and gentlemen, we have the fourth trimester!
The Fourth Trimester… Wait. What? How Long Is A Trimester?
But hey, you just gave birth to a baby and you’re pooped out right now, so we understand. Now, what exactly is this concept that is being bandied about? Well, simply put, it’s the first three months of your baby after they come out of you.
Of course, just because the little bundle of joy’s out of your body doesn’t mean that you don’t have to worry about it anymore.
It’s quite the opposite, in fact: these first three months in the outside world is very, very crucial, which means you’ll have to keep on keeping baby in top shape.
Except for this time, you have the added challenge of just having given birth. That’s why it could be stressful at the least.
We also recommend that you read about cluster feeding in the fourth month to be well prepared.
Here are a few tips you can use during this very trying time.
Symptoms Of These Trimesters
Especially if you’re new to the whole process, meaning this is your first baby, you should know that physical contact is highly important in taking care of your child.
You see, newborns love it when they can feel their moms’ usual body rhythm even when they are outside the womb, so it’s only ideal that you keep them close as much as possible and give them soft, gentle movements.
The best way you can do this is to opt for cradles, swings, and bouncers, which could simulate what it’s like being inside your womb.
The thing is, being stationary all of a sudden after spending almost a year in your belly could be quite the change for newborns.
So, keeping them in motion helps them to gradually ease into being laid still overtime.
Then, there’s the baby carrier, which is something invaluable during this period.
Using one would do wonders for you and your baby by keeping both of you in physical contact.
Feed Them Whenever They Are Hungry
Unlike adults, whose bodies have adjusted to eating at certain points of the day, babies must be fed whenever they are hungry.
That means you don’t have to keep to a tight schedule when it comes to feeding time; whenever they start to fuss, start breastfeeding or hand them a bottle of your freshly pumped breast milk.
Aside from keeping the little tyke satisfied, keeping them fed means their getting the nutrients their developing body needs, which means they’ll grow up strong and healthy.
Prepare Yourself For Irregular Sleep Patterns
We’re not just talking about your baby here, given that he or she could cry for a bottle or your breast at any point of the day; we’re also talking about you, the mom.
Now, we here at Babybalu know exactly how important sleep is, not to mention how high this topic is on the list of concerns for new parents.
To start with, you should know that there’s nothing wrong with a baby that wakes up in the middle of the night crying for some food.
Remember that these are little humans that need as many nutrients as they can, so they don’t share the same routines as we adults do.
However, when it comes to concerns like this, it is ideal if you could share a bed with your baby or, at the least, share a room with them.
Not only is this perfect when it comes to forming a bond with your newborn, but it also makes night feeding easier than having to step out to the next room.
Secondly, rocking your baby gently in your arms as a way to lull them to sleep is great, so don’t ever think otherwise!
But, what about mom? We all know she of all people needs her forty winks at this point.
For this, we suggest that you first try checking baby’s sleep pattern (seeing if he or she is the kind of kid that likes to sleep either for shorter amounts of time multiple times a day or one that does it less for longer lengths of time) and adjusting your own body clock to that.
Don’t worry, because this is all temporary, so it doesn’t mean you’ll be sleeping like this from here on out.
How Do I Know When My First Trimester Is Over?
Plan Out Your Routines And Daily Activities
Now, we won’t blame you if you feel shaken because of how your baby has changed your routine since it seems like he or she could be in need of food or sleep at any given moment.
However, what you might not have noticed is that babies actually follow a routine all their own; we adults just don’t immediately notice it. Even better is the fact that we could aid our babies in forming this more quickly and comfortably.
You see, a lot of them tend to confuse days with nights, which by the way is caused by your womb (they fall asleep when you move in the day and are awake when you’re asleep at night while inside you).
But, this can be fixed by trying to coax your newborn into forming sleeping habits that match yours. For one, try keeping your room dim and silent at night and lively during the day in order for your child to the routine.
Bad Habits Aren’t All That Bad
The thing is, it doesn’t matter how much you keep your baby close to you physically or how much you feed them from the bottle or your breast: this will all pass in a matter of months. As they grow, babies gradually become more independent, so it’s best if you make the most out of this time together!
Yup, the first three months of baby’s life outside the womb could be tough for any new mom out there, but it’s something to be cherished when you really think about it. So, go ahead and give your baby as much attention, care, affection, and most of all, love! Don’t you hold back and enjoy your trimesters!