New moms have a lot of unknown and unexpected things to look forward to after baby arrives. We are here to let you know some of whats to come and how to prepare for newborn, 2 week old baby and 3 week old baby!
Your Newborn’s Appearance – When your baby is first born they can look puffy, swollen, cone-headed and purple. Do not be surprised or worried, it is completely normal and expected after pushing through the birth canal and squeezed inside of a uterus for several months! A few hours after birth they will start to look like a precious newborn swaddled in a cozy blanket.
Babies first poop – According to the Kids Health Organization, Meconium is a newborn’s first poop. This sticky, thick, dark green poop is made up of cells, protein, fats, and intestinal secretions, like bile. Babies typically pass meconium in the first few hours and days after birth. But some babies pass meconium while still in the womb during late pregnancy. To learn more visit kidshealth.org
Newborn Jaundice – The doctors will keep a close eye on baby’s bilirubin level to make sure it is trending normal. If the levels are abnormal the baby may get a blood test repeatedly until the level is normal. Most times phototherapy or direct sunlight is an option of treatment either at home or in the hospital. Usually for 2 week old baby they are past this point and on a healthy path. To learn more visit healthline.com
Engorgement – bigger boobs! – The first few days after the birth your breasts will start to fill up with milk. Until then baby feeds off of the colostrum, thick like sap thats high in nutrients. Some moms will decide to supplement with formula or may have issues with the amount of milk produced.
The engorgement phase can be extremely painful for some and a breeze for others. The milk supply is making its way through the canals filling up your breasts. They may appear to be extremely large almost like you’ve had a breast augmentation, as your baby feeds and you pump the pressure will decrease and it will start to feel better.
It is estimated that between 1 and 5 women are physically unable to breast feed, so if it happens to you don’t feel alone. Formula fed or breast fed, either way is fine and moms are encouraged to do what is right for them and baby.
Newborns will feed every 2-4 hours for the first month or so and then start to spread out their feedings a bit more.
Around the 2 week old baby mark, some may start to sleep longer up to 5 hours. You want to be careful and make sure their feedings and weight gain are trending well before you let baby snooze this long.
I am a believer of the saying “never wake a sleeping baby” but keep in mind baby needs to have a feeding during the night to help with growth and development, especially for the first month or so.
Having a supportive partner or family member their is always a huge help. Whether your taking turns and shift feeding and or simply sleeping while they care for baby, it is important for momma to have a break every once in a while.
Newborn Weight Loss and Feedings – After baby is born, they will loose anywhere from 5-10%. of there birth weight by the time they are home and ready for their first doctors visit. This is normal and expected of newborns.
This week is when they should have their first real bath. Its always scary for new moms not wanting to cause a scene and making babies cry or going near the belly button area. Surprisingly the warm water in a cozy baby tub makes it calm and enjoyable for most babies. A recommended baby tub is one with a sling.
For 2 week old baby their umbilical chord should be falling off, if not it is okay if it happens a little later during the 3 week old baby mark.
2 Week old baby will be sucking, feeding, and sleeping a lot, so they are great at this by now! During the 2 week old baby period they are quietly alert, observing their surroundings and watching what’s going on.
They are also as actively alert, moving their arms and legs making gurgle sounds. They tend to get excited and move more like when they recognize moms face or hear the sound of her voice. Babies will also have a reflex to smile but their real smile won’t come until 1 1/5 to 3 months old.
Tummy time should start happening on a consistent basis for a 3 week old baby. around 15-20 minutes a day goes a long way to get babies muscles strong to roll over and sit up eventually. There are a ton of great baby play mats to help get the job done!
Baby is also able to move around better during the 3 week old baby mark. They’ve had enough practice to gain better muscle control and head movement when on their tummy.
Remember to always supervise baby when on the floor practicing muscle growth. Also keeping your baby away from laying on one spot of their head too long will avoid Head Flattening. Tummy time can help with the also.
At the 3 week old baby mark is when colic may appear and is determined by how long the baby cries. For at least 3 hours multiple days a week is considered a sign of your baby being colic. Colic usually will ease up around 3 months but in some cases may last longer.
In general all babies have a fussy period that they cry or experience gas like pain, whether it is a certain time of the day or they just need to need to let out a good cry.
Colic is usually explained by digestive issues and gassy pains that baby may be experiencing more frequent than normal. Sometimes parents will try sensitive formulas that may cause less gas. It’s always important to discuss with your pediatrician the best options for you and your baby.
I have also experienced with both my kids around the 3 week old baby period them projectile vomiting several times a week that lasted for about a week or so. If it continued my doctor said they could possibly have reflux. Luckily it was just a short phase. But in general it is normal and expected for babies to spit up a lot for the first several months until they grow out of it.
Many women feel pain, especially when sitting after birth and will be wearing pads for the next couple of weeks. Also the first bowl movement may seem scary and anticipated given that it can happen immediately after up to 3 days after giving birth.
You will have a completely new and possibly unexpected body after birth. Embrace it and enjoy the power of the female body as it changes before your very own eyes. It may feel like forever, but with a healthy diet and a little exercise its amazing how quickly some women bodies can bounce back.
Your uterus will be moving back into place as well as your ab muscles for the next several weeks, and at 6 weeks postpartum is when the doctor typically clears you to start exercising and being sexually active again. Make sure you take care of yourself or have help doing so now that you have a little one to care for.
It is normal to experience some kind of depression or baby blues after giving birth, 50 to 75 percent of new moms will. It can happen immediately or take up to a year for some to experience it. Baby blues are usually manageable and self treated, especially with a great support system.
Up to 15 percent of these women will develop a more severe and longer-lasting depression, called postpartum depression that may require medical treatment.
The most common symptoms include:
To learn more visit the American Pregnancy Association.