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Baby 1 Week Old

The first week with your baby passed quickly. When your baby is 1 week old, release the remaining umbilical stump and you can optimally enjoy his sweet belly. Do you feel less cheerful than you expected? Don’t be ashamed of this, these are the well-known baby blues . An outdoor walk can do wonders for you.

DID YOU KNOW…

… a baby has an extra large head? It is approximately a quarter of its total length. But you may have noticed that yourself (and felt!) During the birth …

Developing baby one week

You and your baby have been connected for 9 months through the umbilical cord , but it was cut shortly after birth. The remaining piece, the navel stump , has since turned black and will soon fall off. After that, a scar remains that will keep your baby with him for the rest of his life: his navel. What kind of navel does your baby have: a dimple or a button?

During the first weeks of his life, your baby is busy taking in its new environment. His senses can already tell him a lot. Yet he experiences the world very differently than you do. He cannot distinguish between himself and his environment: you, he, his body and the rest of the world are one for him. Quite tricky, right?

To survive outside the womb , your baby has a number of reflexes right after birth . The search reflex ensures that he can find your nipple or bottle. As soon as he finds it with his mouth, the sucking reflex stimulates him to drink. He can do that very forcefully, because an adult is unable to suck so hard that he gets milk from a breast!

Your life with a 1 week old baby

Are you constantly in tears and do you not feel as happy as you expected? Maybe you will be bothered by the baby blues . Do not be embarrassed that you do not immediately feel that ‘ bond ‘ with your baby and are gloomy: 50 to 80% of women suffer from this after delivery. The feeling usually disappears by itself. So get pampered and let the tears just flow. It will all be fine, really!

During your pregnancy you have probably already decided whether you want to breast- feed or bottle- feed. In the beginning you can sometimes be confronted with some ‘ start-up problems ‘. Don’t try to worry about this. You have to find a pleasant diet together, but you are quickly fully aligned.

Do you keep having problems ? Do not immediately stop breastfeeding, but call in the help of a lactation consultant. Sometimes it works with a few instructions and tips. Can’t or won’t you breast-feed? Then bottle feeding is an alternative. Why does your baby then, like breastfeeding, extra vitamin D needed.

One week after the birth your body is not fully recovered. So sport is not yet possible. You can already start training your pelvic floor muscles. Watch the instructional video to see which exercises you can do (carefully and calmly!) In the first week after the birth. You can also do a walk outside the door, especially if you feel a bit sad.

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).

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