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When you’re pregnant, you’re probably so busy preparing for labor that you may come across some unexpected things when the baby actually arrives. Yes, you set up the nursery, have a stockpile of diapers and formula, and you’ve educated yourself on how to actually take care of a newborn, but you still may be in for some surprises. Babies come with their own set of medical weirdness- stuff that may make you think there’s something wrong with them-even though it’s totally normal. When you’re a new parent, any one of these things may seem like a huge crisis, but they happen to almost everyone. Here’s some of the less glamorous things that come with a newborn, from Parents.com:
-My baby’s head looks strange: cone-shaped heads and squashed facial features are a normal part of delivery. Give it time, and your baby will look more like an angel and less like a troll.
-My baby has a blister on his lips- this is a callus that can be formed from sucking on a bottle or a nipple.
-My baby’s skin is flaky- it’s normal for babies to shed the outer layer of their skin (it protected them from fluid in the womb). Don’t pick it- it will go away in a week or two.
I’m not going to post them all here, because frankly, they’re a bit gory. However, I definitely encourage all new and expecting parents to read the full article!
When you find out that you’re pregnant, the first thing you should immediately do is make a doctor’s appointment. After making sure the baby is healthy, you go back every so often for regular checkups. Perhaps the most exciting appointment is for the anatomical ultrasound- where you learn the sex of the baby. However, this ultrasound also reveals several crucial bits of information about the health of your and your child. For a list of questions to ask at this appointment, read this post by Mama in the Now. Print the list out, take it with you! I won’t post any of it here, because I feel that you need the entire thing. Go check it out!
My sister and I are five years apart. So, besides elementary school, we were never at the same school together. I resented this when I was younger, because I had to experience everything first and had no idea what to expect. Now, though, I’m glad I was so much older. I feel like it has made me more responsible, and able to adapt to new situations better. Plus, I feel like my sister and I are very different and individual people, yet we are still best friends. My boyfriend and his brother are only 2 years apart, and their relationship is a little different. They experienced things at almost the same time, so they’re more similar in personality. I have another friend who is almost 20 years younger than his sister- and they aren’t very close. So, does that mean that having kids closer together in age is better? Well, not necessarily. Read this post by Hilary at Pulling Curls:
Far spaced children:
-more individual time for each child.
-older kids can help with younger ones
-less comparison between siblings
Close spaced children:
-easier to room together (my sister and I shared a room together…once. It did not go well).
-get it “done”- if your kids are close together, you won’t be in the PTA for 12 years.
-easier to do activities, similar interests. They will be friends when they are younger.
-you have more energy when you are younger.
When you’re in your third trimester and waddling around like a pregnant penguin, the last thing you want to do is hit up a high energy Zumba class. In fact, even getting up and going on a short trip to the grocery store can seem grueling. You’re lucky if you get off the couch more than twice a day. But, keeping your body healthy during pregnancy not only benefits you, but also your baby. Getting regular, moderate exercise and eating healthy will help you tremendously, and even alleviate some of the ickier pregnancy symptoms. Check out this post by JJ at the Belly Itch blog for reasons you should exercise when pregnant:
-Back pains- a trainer who specializes in pregnancy and post partum exercise can lead you through routines and stretches that will prevent the issue.
-Fatigue- exercise will give you renewed energy.
-Labor/delivery- train for labor like you are training for a marathon! You’ll need to improve your strength and stamina for the optimal and easiest delivery.
Most first time parents will ask for things they need when their baby arrives. The absolute basics will probably be taken care of: onesies, diapers, bottles, pacifiers, toys, blankets, formula– maybe even a car seat or crib. However, once you get home from the hospital with your new bundle of joy, you will find that there are some things you need that you hadn’t even considered. Check out this brilliant list by Valeri Jones at Keep Up With Us Jones:
-Good toilet paper- to keep everything down there treated gently
-Gel breast pads- are soothing and cold against sore nipples
-A Swaddle baby wrap- newborns love being tightly wrapped
-Frozen meals so you don’t have to cook
-A TV series to watch while you’re pumping
I personally have never been pregnant, but I’ve lived in a house with my sister while she was. And a few of my friends have been pregnant recently, so I do have some outsider experience with how difficult it can be carrying around another human for nine months. One of the biggest things my sister struggled with was getting a full night’s sleep- she had bad heartburn, and broke out in a horrible itchy rash (PUPPP rash) in her last month. Plus, there’s all the kicking. For tips on sleeping soundly even if you are pregnant, check out this post by Amy Ratcliff at Pregnancy Corner:
-Exercise daily, create a calming routine at night, and unplug from electronic devices.
-You can never have enough pillows- If you’re suffering from heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), use a pillow to elevate your upper body to relieve symptoms.
-Alternate sides- sleeping on your left side is better for both you and the baby, but you can occasionally switch to the right. Just stay off your back!
There are tons and tons of blog posts out there advising new moms on what they will need to bring to the hospital for the birth. Some of it is definitely necessary (clothes, toiletries, baby stuff, creature comforts), and some of it…not so much. But, Mom is most likely going to be taken care of by the hospital staff, Dad, and other family members and friends throughout her stay. Yes, she needs her stuff, and yes, the stay is all about her and the baby. However, what about the person that’s also going to be staying at the hospital for a week? That’s right- Dad. Check out this post by Babble for a handy list of what Dad should pack in his hospital bag. It’s pretty helpful and has things I would have never thought of, including a watch with a second hand- so you can pinpoint the exact time of birth. Pretty cool!
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