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Baby 0 weeks old

Congratulations! After a long pregnancy you finally have your baby in your arms. This is a special, but also exciting time. Both for you and your baby. The first week of your baby outside the womb is all about getting to know each other, recovering from delivery and enjoying each other as much as possible.


  • Responds through various reflexes
  • Recognize your voice
  • Recognizes different scents
  • Communicates by crying


… you have already lost 3 to 7 kg of weight immediately after giving birth ? This is the weight of your baby , the placenta and the amniotic fluid . Your belly is flatter again in one fell swoop. Hello feet, long time no see!

Development baby 0 weeks

What a shock! After 9 months in the safe, warm uterus suddenly in an unknown, overexposed, cold outside world. No wonder your baby will immediately take a big throat. A sound that you will hear a lot in the coming years. But how beautiful and sweet he is.

Ideally you will never want to let go of your child now that you finally have him in your arms , but 1 minute after delivery he is already subjected to various tests. Your baby’s health is checked and his Apgar score is determined. These tests are repeated after five and ten minutes.

You may find that your baby looks a little crazy and crinkly , and that’s not so strange either. He has been curled up in your womb for a long time and his head has been trapped for a long time. Don’t worry: within a few weeks this will improve completely!

Your life with a baby of 0 weeks old

Poo, sleep, eat, repeat . This is what the first week after the birth of your baby looks like, both for your baby and for you. He sleeps about 17 hours a day and you too need a lot of rest to recover from the birth . Allow yourself this rest and use your time to get to know that special creature and to get used to all those new care rituals. For how Excuse you a diaper really …? Fortunately, you are not alone and you are assisted by a maternity nurse for the first eight days .

Hello mega maternity care. You never expected it, but you really need it. The loosened placenta has left a wound and it can take a while before it is completely healed. After the birth you also lose lochia , also known as maternity fluid. This can continue for up to 6 weeks after the birth.

If you are attached after the birth, it feels pretty bad underneath. Going to the toilet is currently no fun. Do not worry. It needs some time, but in a few weeks you too can go to the toilet mindless again.

Doing with your 0 week old baby

The first week with your baby is mainly about getting used to each other. From this week on, skin-to-skin contact is important for good adhesion and a good bond between you and your little one. Cuddle together a lot, admire each other and enjoy this special situation.

Postpartum Tips & Info

Now that baby has been safely delivered from your uterus to your arms, you’ll understandably be focused primarily on taking care of your little one — from counting down the days until the umbilical cord stump falls off to figuring out how to diaper and burp your new baby. But don’t forget to think about yourself, too.

Understanding Baby’s Weight

What makes your baby weigh more or less than the newborn in the next bassinet? Several factors come into play, including your own diet and weight, both before and during pregnancy (if you’re overweight, you may have a heavier baby; if you don’t get enough nutrients while you’re pregnant, your baby may be smaller).

Other factors that can play a role include your prenatal health; your own birth weight, plus genetics; whether your baby is a boy or a girl (boys tend to be heavier); whether this is your firstborn (they tend to be smaller than subsequent children); whether your baby is a twin or triplet (multiples tend to be smaller than singletons); and your baby’s race (Caucasian babies are sometimes larger than African-American, Asian or Native American infants).

Your Newborn’s Appearance

The fine, downy hair that might be covering your baby’s body (no, you haven’t given birth to a baby chimp) is called lanugo, and it will fall out within the next few weeks. Slated to go, too, may be the luxurious mane your baby might be sporting.

That first head of hair — if your baby has hair at all — is likely to be replaced by locks that are entirely different in texture and color. And that swollen scrotum on your baby boy or those swollen labia on your little girl? Perfectly normal (they’re due to hormones of yours still circulating in your newborn’s body) and temporary; they’ll be down to baby proportions before you know it.

Newborn Jaundice Signs

A common condition that turns a baby’s rosy skin yellow, jaundice occurs in 60 percent of all babies, typically showing up two to three days after birth and lasting a week to 10 days (sometimes longer for premature babies).

In most cases jaundice goes away on its own (or sometimes with mild treatment) with no ill effects. Although there isn’t anything you can do to prevent jaundice, it’s important to watch for the telltale signs (especially since the condition may not develop until after you bring your baby home from the hospital) and seek treatment if necessary. Jaundice often appears on the face first and then spreads to the rest of the baby’s body, including the whites of the eyes.

A good way to check is to place your baby in natural sunlight and gently press her forehead and nose with your fingers. (In black- and brown-skinned babies, the yellowing may be visible only in the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, so check there.) If the skin appears yellow where you made the impressions, call your pediatrician.

The doctor will probably want to examine your baby and take a blood sample to determine the levels of bilirubin (an enzyme that is produced in the blood when the body breaks down old red blood cells) in the blood.

Your First Postpartum Poop

You’ve just pushed out some 7 (more or less) pounds of baby — so why are you freaking out about having to push out that first (probably small) postpartum poop? Duh — maybe it’s because you just pushed out that 7 pounds of baby!

It’s true — that marvelous milestone (your first BM after delivery) may be a bit slow in coming. For one thing, your stomach muscles, which help you go, have become stretched and weakened. For another, your bowel itself may be reluctant to get back to work right away — especially if those muscles were traumatized during childbirth (give me a break — will ya?).

Aside from that (but just as powerful) is the fear factor. You’re probably worried about splitting your stitches (don’t worry, you won’t), aggravating your hemorrhoids, experiencing intense pain (again, so soon?!!) or being embarrassed, especially if you’re still sharing a room in the hospital. But the sooner you get your bowels moving again, the better all around.

As always, fiber and liquids are your friends, and a little walking (easy does it at first) can help, too. If necessary, a stool softener and a mild laxative can team up to make that first movement a little less uncomfortable; your practitioner will probably recommend one.

Newborn Weight Loss

Don’t be alarmed to learn that your baby will weigh on average 5 to 10 percent less upon discharge from the hospital or birthing center than she did at birth. What’s up with the downturn?

She’s just losing fluid, which is normal right after delivery. And because she doesn’t need a lot of food right now (a good thing since breast milk won’t arrive for a couple of days postpartum), she won’t gain those ounces back right away.

Not to worry — within 10 to 14 days, she’ll be back up to her birth weight, if not over. Your pediatrician will monitor your baby’s weight at well-baby checkups, most likely at 1, 2 and 4 weeks of age. (If your practitioner schedules fewer appointments, feel free to bring your baby in for a weight check anytime.) Plus, many nursing and new-mommy support groups have baby scales, so you can get a quick read.

Typically, new babies gain 4 to 7 ounces a week for the first few months — that’s 1 to 2 pounds a month. After about 4 months, formula-fed babies will gain at a slightly faster rate because formula has more calories than breast milk, and parents tend to push their baby to finish bottles (as opposed to letting them stop at the breast whenever they want).

Another good gauge: If your baby is eating enough, she’ll produce eight-to-10 wet diapers a day, and at least five poopy ones if she’s breastfed (fewer for formula-fed newborns).

Puffy Eyes Postpartum

If you pushed long and hard to get that cute little baby out, you may feel as though you’ve gone a few rounds in the ring — and you may look that way, too. Black, blue and bloodshot red are typical of brand-new moms, but it is harmless and temporary, the result of straining the muscles in your face when pushing. 

The good news is that the beat-up look will disappear and your eyes will return to normal in a matter of weeks. What might linger a little longer into the postpartum period are the bags underneath those eyes. Fatigue (which will soon become your middle name) and extra bodily fluids (still leftover from pregnancy) make a potent cocktail when it comes to puffy eyes.

So what to do? You can try to speed up the recovery by applying a cold compress several times a day. Cold tea bags work well, too — tea contains tannin, a natural astringent that may help reduce puffiness. You can also try an eye gel (keep it chilled in the fridge) that contains such depuffing ingredients as arnica, chamomile and cucumber. You can try to prevent baggy eyes in the first place by sleeping on a couple of pillows to raise your head and by avoiding salty foods and alcohol. (And rest, rest, rest whenever you can!)

Breast Engorgement

Around two to five days after delivery, when your milk comes in (before that your breasts are producing colostrum), your breasts become engorged and astonishingly hard — hard as a rock, or rather two rocks. Two very sore, very aching rocks. If you’re not breastfeeding, the engorgement should subside within a few days. In this case, you’ll want to wear a snug-fitting bra to minimize engorgement.

You’ll also want to avoid any kind of nipple stimulation or milk expression — otherwise, your breasts will continue to produce milk. Ice packs can help with the discomfort. If you are breastfeeding, you can expect engorgement to diminish within two to three days. But it may take a few weeks for your baby and your breasts to work out a good demand-and-supply relationship.

Until then, there are some steps you can take to minimize the pain and discomfort of engorgement, including using warm compresses before a feeding session and cold compresses after; expressing a little milk with a pump or by hand; massaging your breasts; but most of all, by feeding your baby frequently (every two to three hours).


Baby 1 Week Old

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Baby 1 week old