Surviving the fourth Trimester

When I was told "Beware of the fourth trimester" I had NO idea what people were talking about. But it's an important part for your mental health and wellbeing. The fourth trimester the period after giving birth is a challenging time for parents. 

Not only do you have to help your baby adjust to life outside the womb, but you may also find yourself overwhelmed by fatigue, pain, and uncertainty. 

 Hospital post-partum care 
The first few days after you've given birth are a time for rest, recovery, and bonding with your new baby. BUT don't forget YOU! Don't forget to eat- sleep and remember that you're just important as your baby. I remember being on the go and neglecting myself. NOT the best feeling. But I'm grateful for my Village. 
Get a Village 
The first few weeks at home can be a bit of a whirlwind. You're adjusting to life with a new baby, which is exciting and rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming. I'm go grateful for my village: My mom staying- husband off work- brother/sister in law dropping in. My mother in law coming by. Help is needed. I know not everyone can get it BUT add friends- get a doula. Try your best. There are so many things to learn and so much responsibility that comes with caring for your newborn.  

Keep baby close 
This one is tricky. I prefer to keep the baby in my room. For one thing, it will help you feel more connected with them. Understand their sleeping pattern, you'll be able to hear if they need anything. It will totally make you less anxious. 

Sleep when your baby sleeps?
This is easier said than done. For the first few months - I DID NOT. I watched Ava like a hawk. Ate- Did house work-caught up on shows. BUT once she was around 3 months or so I did take little naps here and there and they were so refreshing LOL. 

Remember: The fourth trimester is a time of adjustment for both you and your baby. Please try to have a village. It's important to take care of yourself as much as possible during this period so that you can be there for your child. 

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