From development in the mother’s abdomen to coming to the world, newborns equally fascinate new-born parents as well as scientists. These little creatures hide numerous secrets.
Baby growth and development can be tracked by “naked eye” from birth, but there are some changes – which are not seen at first glance and which can not be affected – and are very important. Here are some interesting facts about babies that you certainly did not know.
After classical weight loss – after birth, babies on average, the first three months, get about 28 grams a day, and then the baby’s weight, until her first birthday, grew by about 20 grams. This means that babies with four months, on average, double their birth weight, and by the first birthday, their weight is on average three times greater than those they had at birth.
Did you know that babies by the fourth month of age cannot even recognize salt as a taste? Sweet, bitter and sour flavors can the baby recognize since birth, but only when the baby is about four months old on baby palms are created receptors for salt.
Babys’ kidneys also cant manage sodium until the fourth month. Only after the fourth month of the kidneys begin to work properly. This is why it is not recommended to use salt in a baby’s diet until that period.
Did you know that the baby’s eyes, when they were born, already reached about 75% of their “adult” size? So, after birth, the eyes will grow even more about the rest of the body and all other organs. But that does not mean that the eyes are immediately ready to see everything. In the beginning, the baby vision is blurred, and baby only recognizes objects that are from her eye about 30 centimeters.
The true “sight,” when they see and recognize everything, is about the sixth month. To encourage her development, you should hold her, talk to her and sing to her.
Babies are born with about 70 instinctive reflexes, most of which are lost immediately after birth. But some remain until the second year. Reflexes that you can recognize are: sucking (as soon as you touch a baby’s lips – either by finger, by breast, she will instinctively start to make movements like sucking), capture (if you touch a hand with a baby’s finger, she will immediately catch it with her entire fist) and automatic walk (in the review you will notice how the pediatrician will straighten the baby and let her touch the floor with her feet, and she will make movements as if walking).
After nine months of pregnancy and childbirth as a final event, the body needs to recover and return to its former state. Although you are directly directed to the baby and its needs you should also take care of your recovery. This recovery period varies from woman to woman, but the stages you pass through are mostly the same.
The first phase is the phase of the uterine recovery (uterus). Doctors will warn you of possible prolonged bleeding. The first day is bright red, and it is mixed with mucus, and then as time moves, it gets brighter until it completely stops leaking. Foot swelling is possible. It is recommended to hold them at a slight elevation relative to the hips. Menstrual pains are almost common as the uterus returns to its original form and position, and these contractions are particularly pronounced during breastfeeding.
Power and energy are slowly returning, but it requires rest, so you should grab the opportunity to have a nap when your baby sleeps because you will have to breastfeed three to four times a night. It is very important that in that period the partner to be with you as much as possible if nothing else to help with changing and bathing the baby.
If you are wondering what about body weight and its return to the original level, you will have to wait. Of course, it’s all individually, and the metabolism is different from woman to woman. But certainly, it takes some time to pass. Initially, you will lose a few pounds counting on fetal water and retained fluid in the body, and fat deposits can be reduced by a more moderate diet (avoid fatty foods, foods with plenty of unhealthy sugars, desserts, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, etc.).
What is common in the case of new mothers is postpartum depression. A sudden drop in hormone levels, anxiety about baby care. And insomnia make the woman more vulnerable and slightly more prone to depression. The intensity of feeling depressed depends largely on the character and liability of the personality. s well as the circumstances surrounding it. When it is mild and almost imperceptible, it passes quickly. It’s normal that your feelings are mixed because maternity is a new condition.
If this period is prolonged more than two weeks, then you must urgently consult with a doctor. Many women will feel uncomfortable because they have thoughts that do not fit their condition. But they need to understand that it is part of a phenomenon that is common. And that they will be cured. If you are suffering from drug and alcohol addiction resulting from post pardum depression it’s important to seek treatment for depression as well as your addiction. Learn more about substance abuse resources in Washington.