What is the Fourth Trimester?
By angeliclittleones, Jan 25 2019 06:00PM
The forth trimester is also known as the ‘womb to world’ transition period that your baby goes through from birth to three months old. This is a time of great development and change in your newborn as they slowly adjust to the world. Babies are used to a tight space with constant touch from the confined space of the womb, it also an aquatic life they are used to so being born into the world is quite a shock for them.
There are ways in which you can support your precious bundle through these first few months of change and adjustment while they are getting used to their surroundings, here are a few:
Swaddling (safely) – if you speak to your mid-wife or health visitor they should be able to teach you how to swaddle your baby safely. Swaddle gives a baby a nice safe cocoon around them making them feel safe and secure. It also helps to reduce the startle reflex which can disturb babies as they are trying to rest which in turns wakes them up usually in an upset state.
Baby Wearing – newborn style slings and carriers are a wonderful way to help your baby feel safe and secure during the day, it is particularly helpful during colicky periods or the ‘witching hours’. Wearing your baby provides immense comfort and reassurance for them as your body regulates their own body temperature, they are surrounded by your smell and feeling of constant movement as you walk around which is soothing for them plus the sound of your heartbeat. This for them is like the womb.
Baby Massage – really is the most loveliest of ways to deepen the connection between you and your baby. Massage brings a wealth of benefits for you and your baby and it allows you both the space to get to know each better whilst supporting their physical and emotional development. Regular massage regulates bodily systems, aids better sleeping and feeding patterns plus supports digestive development aiding relief from colic, wind and constipation.
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