What is The Fourth Trimester of pregnancy?

Mar 10, 2024 | 0 comments

Congratulations! 9 months of the most challenging, wonderful, mind-boggling and thrilling journey of your life has resulted in the delivery of your beautiful baby (babies?).

What is the fourth trimester of pregnancy

From keeping hush hush in your first trimester, getting excited in the second to counting down the minutes of your third trimester, now the fourth trimester?!

This is a time of massive change and growth in your family and it will take time to adapt to your new arrival. Mama Skincare has put together a few tips to help you and your baby adapt to this newfound world around you.

What is The Fourth Trimester?

Your baby’s fourth trimester starts the moment they enter the world and lasts for the first three months they spend outside of the womb. This is a period of adjustment for both mama and baby as your baby reacts, changes and grows within the world around them.

Trimester might sound like a weird word to describe your baby’s first three months outside of the womb, but consider how crucial their development will be in the next few months. There’s new noises, smells, lights, sensations and sounds to absorb. They’re learning to control their reflexes and react with their senses. Far-fetched from the warmth, quiet and darkness of your cozy, comfy womb.

How to survive The Fourth Trimester

1.   Say no to guests

We understand that this is a really exciting time for your wider family and there’ll be plenty of visitors after a cuddle with the new arrival. But remember, you can say no. If you don’t feel up to it, your friends and family will understand.

2.   Learn to accept help

Even if it’s just grandma coming round to pop on a load of washing or your brother-in-law taking the dogs out for a walk, there is no shame in accepting help. Or if you are struggling with breastfeeding, your mental health or with sleep deprivation, there are always ways to ask for help. Always speak to your doctor if something doesn’t feel right.

3.   Don’t be hard on yourself

It’s totally fine if you get a bit teary for no reason or if it gets to 5 pm and the dishes haven’t been done and you’ve not showered yet. The physical trauma and hormones are going to make you feel a whole lot of things and it’s fine. Let your wonderful newborn be a reminder of how incredible your body is and enjoy these first few months.

4.   Enjoy yourself

This might be easier said than done, but you created that little miracle in your arms, so make the most of it! Your newborn won’t stay little forever and time will fly, so make the most of cuddles and enjoy the process.

That being said, if you aren’t quite feeling the way you thought you would, be sure to seek advice from your doctor.

Skincare in your Fourth Trimester

Skincare is probably bottom of your list now that your bundle of joy has arrived but you can use skincare to make the first few months of adjusting to childbirth a tad easier.

Skincare for breastfeeding

Your boobs go through a lot during pregnancy, but post-partum is when the boobs can really do with a little bit extra TLC. We recommend investing in a Nipple Balm to provide a barrier of protection between your baby’s mouth and nipple.

Stretch marks after birth

Yes you can get stretchmarks after birth! Your Tummy Rub Butter can really help to keep your skin soft and elasticised as your body recovers from childbirth.

Make the most of cuddles

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