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We feature Colleen Stewart as our guest author once again on AmericanMadeBaby.com.
American Made Baby Products LLC is a mom-owned business, so Colleen Stewart's article below is a great summary of what to expect in the first few months after your little one is born.
Everything You Need To Know About the Fourth Trimester
By Colleen Stewart
If you’re a new mother, you might have heard about the fourth trimester. It’s the period after a baby is born, and it’s often overlooked because people put so much emphasis on postpartum depression.
The fourth trimester can be physically and emotionally draining for new mothers, and it’s crucial to know how to navigate this time in your life. The following article looks at what you should know about the fourth trimester and how you can care for yourself in such a special and difficult season.
Typical Physical and Emotional Challenges
The fourth trimester is all about making the transition from pregnancy to postpartum life. Many women experience changes in their physical bodies and emotional well-being.
Physically, some experience:
- Hormonal shifts
- Cramping (as their uterus shrinks back to its pre-pregnancy size)
- Soreness from childbirth
- Sore nipples from breastfeeding
On the emotional side, new moms might feel overwhelmed by being responsible for another human being and anxious about taking on such a significant role. This period is also a time of healing for your body after childbirth; it takes time for your hormones to regulate and for your body to return to normal.
Prioritizing Sleep and Self-Care
New mothers must prioritize sleep and self-care during the fourth trimester. Fatigue is inevitable after giving birth, so don’t hesitate to nap or go to bed early if you need it!
It’s also important to make time for yourself every day, whether it’s through journaling, reading a book, or vegging out to your favorite show. Do whatever helps you relax and recharge. And don’t forget about eating nutritious foods that fuel your body with all its needs during this busy season in your life.
Do what you can to help your baby get into a consistent sleep cycle, too. The old adage that you sleep when baby sleeps will become your new mantra. Whether you’re looking for great bedding, bottles, or binkies to help your little one wind down, check out the selection at American Made Baby Products.
Taking Time Off From Work To Bond With Baby
If possible, take some time off from work during the fourth trimester. This will allow you to bond with your baby without additional stressors like work deadlines getting in the way. Taking time off will also give you more opportunities for restful sleep and bonding activities, such as breastfeeding/bottle-feeding and skin-to-skin contact, which are vital for newborn babies’ development.
Plus, having time off allows you space away from work tasks that can wait until later — when you feel more rested and ready to tackle them again. If you’re a business owner, remember to tell your clients or customers about your time off before taking it. And consider hiring a virtual assistant to keep things running smoothly!
You can also take this time to update some of your processes and documents, since it’s hard to get to these tasks when you’re juggling a busy work day. Devote a few minutes to ensuring your digital organization is solid and consider redesigning your business cards. A fresh new look can make returning to the office a little more exciting. If your cards were plain before, enhance your content with business card designs crafted from stylish templates. Just pick a design and use the various fonts and design elements to make it your own.
Invest in Helpful Breastfeeding Supplies
When you need to multitask during this period (like responding to emails while feeding your baby), investing in quality accessories like hands-free pumping bras can be a game-changer. This is especially the case if breastfeeding or expressing milk is part of your routine with a baby. The right bra will equip you to keep your newborn happy, play with your other kids, do laundry, and handle all kinds of other tasks at once!
When comparing bras, choose one with a clip that holds the flanges. Also, skip the errand by purchasing from an online retailer that serves postpartum and maternity shops. Finding comfortable-yet-practical items like these can make multitasking much easier while allowing mama plenty of cuddle sessions with her little one throughout the day!
Also invest in several beautiful labor and delivery gowns that you can use to nurse. It will take awhile for your body to feel like it’s yours again, but a nice gown can help you feel comfortable and pretty. It may sound silly, but when you’re changing diapers and wiping up spit, having a soft, brightly-colored gown can make you feel a little more like yourself.
Take Care of Yourself and Baby During the Fourth Trimester
The fourth trimester is incredibly special. Though it’s often overlooked, it’s not a season you should take lightly! As a new mom, it’s critical to prioritize sleep and self-care, bond with your baby, invest in high-quality bras, and take any other necessary steps to navigate the physical and emotional tolls after your baby is born.
All mamas deserve love and support during this precious time, which means you have the right to take good care of yourself! By understanding what lies ahead in the fourth trimester, you can embark on your journey with more confidence and navigate each stage more smoothly. Plan as well as you can, and have grace on yourself in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
About the Author: Colleen Stewart
Colleen Stewart loves giving her two kids a healthy example to live by. Her passion for community and wellness inspired her and her husband to team up with their neighbors and create a playgroup that allows the adults and their kiddos to squeeze in a workout a few times a week. She created Playdate Fitness to help inspire other mamas and papas to make their well-being a priority, and set a healthy foundation for their little ones in the process.
If you are looking for high-quality, USA-made baby and toddler products, check out the selection at American Made Baby Products! With hundreds of baby and toddler items in stock and ready to ship, it’s your one-stop shop for products you can trust!