The fourth trimester simply refers to the first three months of your bub’s life. Newborn humans are completely reliant on their parents for every little thing, literally incapable of doing anything for themselves.
term “fourth trimester” can be a bit confusing, but rest assured, we are not
talking about being pregnant for an additional three months.
trimester simply refers to the first three months of your bub’s life. The
reason it’s called the fourth trimester is because it’s a period of great development for your baby.
Compared to other
mammals, humans are born very immature.
Newborn humans are completely reliant
on their parents for every little thing, literally incapable of doing anything
This is very different than most mammals that are born able to
do much on their own often including walking.
That allows most baby mammals to
be able to actively seek out their mothers when they need food or comfort.
babies, however, are born unable to do anything other than cry to let us know
what they need.
Why Humans are Born Immature?
you may be wondering why our pregnancies don’t just last an extra 3 months or
so to allow our babies to develop more before being forced to adjust to life outside
Well, think about giving birth to a newborn the size of a
See, the reason that humans are the top of the food chain is
not because we are stronger or faster than animals – it’s because we are
We have a larger brain to body
ratio than other animals.
Because of this, in order to achieve successful
vaginal birth, our babies must be born at around 9 months gestation before
their heads become too large to exit our bodies.
Luckily, our extra smarts also
give us the ability to properly care for such immature little babes.
Why Newborns Want to be Held
womb is an extremely secure feeling environment for your baby.
It is designed
specifically to provide every need and comfort possible to your little one.
While in the womb, all of your bub’s needs
are met before your bub even knows it.
They don’t feel hunger, they are
never too cold nor too hot.
They don’t have the discomfort of dirty nappies.
They have the constant calming sounds of your body, your heart, and your voice.
So, you can imagine how shocking suddenly being thrust into the world with all
of these unknown discomforts must be.
Your baby is dealing with a huge amount of adjustment and development
during those first three months, and all they want is to have their needs met.
needs include more than just eating and having their nappy changed though.
require consistent love and comfort
They need to feel comfortable and safe in your arms.
Recreating the Womb for Your
of the best things you can do for your baby as well as for yourself during
those early months of parenthood is taking steps to recreate the womb for your
By doing this, you will help your baby to be comfortable and calm.
Your baby will cry less and be less stressed,
allowing all of their energy to go into the very important developing they do
during this time.
Having a content baby will also do wonders for your own
happiness and sanity.
1. Meet Your Baby’s Needs
possible, you should make a strong effort to meet your baby’s needs as quickly
In the womb, your baby
never had to wait for any of their needs to be met; they were just
automatically met for them.
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