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Published on: 14 Feb 2018 by brookespenc88
What to expect after your baby arrives
Your first weeks back home with a new baby could be scary and awkward. Here is a quick postpartum guide to help you make the best of this challenging time.
Brace yourself for what’s in store
The pediatrician will check your baby at the hospital and explain any curiosities to you. If you are worried about a pointy head or birthmarks, you must ask all your questions so you do not worry later.
The umbilical cord
The stump of the umbilical cord may seem quite black and cumbersome for such a small infant. You must not be worried, this will disengage on its own within about 3 weeks. Until that time, you can keep it clean and dry; give your baby sponge baths and fold diapers away from it.
The problem of spitting up
The best thing to do is to keep some cloth diapers handy and burp your baby every 5 minutes or so while feeding. Right after being fed, ensure that you keep your baby in an upright position in a stroller or just hold the baby.
In the beginning, your baby’s poop will be blackish green in color and then the color could change from shades of green, brown or yellow. It could also be seedy or runny at times. You don’t need to worry since it is all normal and if you are breastfeeding, at least you can be glad that usually it doesn’t smell at all!
Checking your baby’s breath
It is not uncommon for new parents to be constantly on their guard and craning to hear their babies respire. It is normal for babies to have less than 60 breaths a minute or even pause for about 6 seconds or so. You must, however, take note of any rapid breathing or wheezing since that could indicate a respiratory issue.
Newborns often sleep at a stretch, require feeding often and may wake up frequently changing the schedule of the entire household. It is important for you to rest and take some time out for yourself as well during this challenging time so you can enjoy your baby more rather than being tired and irritable.