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After Birth Baby Care: A Guide For New Moms

After Birth Baby Care: A Guide For New Moms

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you were handed a newborn care guide on your way home with your baby? Alas, it is just not that easy. Motherhood is more of a ’Learn-As-You-Go’ type of situation, and boy, it can present some interesting situations – and solutions!

I’m preparing for the birth of baby #5 over here, and if I have learned anything so far, it is that every single baby is different. What works for one may not work for another. Some of my babies were happy with socks on, and others couldn’t sleep with their feet covered. These tiny creatures are strange indeed. One of my babies screamed when we bathed him and laughed if we stood in the shower together. Another baby would sleep swaddled, while his brother had to be rocked and kept upright to finally close his eyes. Again, these little beings are so different from one another.

You will learn your baby. It will take trial and error – and more trial and error before you figure everything out, and then, just as you do figure it out, that little baby will start teething, go through sleep regression, get a cold, or make a developmental leap that places you all the way back to where you started: clueless. The good news is that this happens with every single new mom. If you add more kids down the road, you just learn to accept all the craziness a little easier.

With all of that being said, there are a few things that new moms should know about those first few months. Keeping in mind, what works for one may not work for another, but trusting the gut and following Baby’s cues can save you a lot of stress and anxiety.

After Birth Baby Care: A Guide For New Moms

New Mom’s Guide to Newborn Care

Work with a Lactation Consultant: The first few weeks can impact the entire breastfeeding journey. Both Mom and Baby may need help working together to get the perfect latch.

Throw Away the Schedule: This tiny baby is not ready for a schedule just yet. She should be fed on demand, sleep when tired, and held constantly. Sleep training can lead to several lifelong problems, especially when done throughout the first few months after birth.

Learn Baby’s Cues: Before crying of hunger, your baby will show signs that it is time to eat. She may suck on her fingers or hand. She may ball her hands into tiny fists. She may bob her little head around with an open mouth. If you can recognize these cues, you can avoid the screaming, fussy time while trying to latch baby and nurse.

Bathe Sparingly: Bathing daily can dry out baby’s skin, so skip those baths and enjoy that newborn scent as long as possible.

Umbilical Cord Care: Skip the alcohol and squirt a little breast-milk on the cord area. Make sure it stays dry or it may end up looking ugly and infected. Sunshine and breast-milk can pretty much solve all newborn problems.

Cradle Cap: A dry scalp with flakiness or peeling can be linked to a food sensitivity (cutting dairy or gluten from your diet may help heal baby) or it could just be a normal balancing of hormones in baby. Letting a little coconut (or other) oil sit on there for awhile and then brushing the scalp should help a bit.

Swollen Breasts and Genitals: The hormones that made you a bit crazy while pregnant also play a role in your baby’s development. Some babies will have swollen, lumpy, or hard breast tissue and enlarged genitals after birth. As the hormones balance out, the swelling will disappear.

Baby Acne: Those hormones are probably behind this one too. Again, it could be linked to a food sensitivity, or it could just be a shift in hormones. Breast-milk, sunshine, probiotics, and time will help.

Strange Noises: Newborn sounds can be compared to just about every animal sound possible. You will lose sleep over these sounds, but they are normal and will fade over time.

Reflexive Jerking Movements: Baby is adapting to a new -and much larger- world; her tiny body will go through many developmental leaps that trigger strange body movements.

Baby Poop: There are several stages of poop you will see. Meconium is like tar and lasts the first few days before the seedy, mustard poop arrives. There will be times when poop is a bit mucusy, changes in color, and is just gross!

A few other notes for taking care of a newborn:

  1. Proper installation and use of the car seat can save your baby’s life. Most car seats are improperly installed and baby is not buckled correctly. Take the time to learn how to keep your baby safe.
  2. Always hold the baby while supporting her head and neck, babies may not ‘break’ easily, but they do not have the strength to hold their head up for a while.
  3. Pets can be jealous and act out, never let an animal be alone with the baby.
  4. Clean all the cracks and crevasses when changing a diaper. Any dampness or soil left behind can cause infection or yeast to grow.
  5. You are the mom. You are amazing. You will do an amazing job – even when you think you won’t.

Author Bio:

Elizabeth is a researcher, author, and content writer for My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear – a leading online store for creative baby shower gifts and manufacturer of plush toys; stuffed giraffe, sloth stuffed animal and much more. She spends her days as the ringleader of a never-tiring circus; one full of tightrope walkers, Nerf-guns shooters, mess makers, and danger-seekers. Find out the do’s and don’ts and other important things about pregnancy on our pregnancy blog.

10 Tips For Getting Pregnant Quickly

10 Tips For Getting Pregnant Quickly

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It is time for family expansion and you have your mind set on a little one. And now that you are ready you want to get pregnant as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, it is not a question of stopping contraception and bingo. Below you can see how long it takes for a young, healthy and fertile couple before the woman is pregnant:

10 Tips For Getting Pregnant Quickly

  • 20% of the women are pregnant within one month
  • 70% of women are pregnant within 6 months
  • 85% of women are pregnant within 12 months
  • 90% of women are pregnant within 18 months
  • 95% of women are pregnant within 24 months

As you get older, you also lose the chance to become pregnant quickly. Above 35 years it is becoming increasingly difficult to get pregnant quickly. In addition, there are factors such as your health and lifestyle, but also those of your partner. In this article I will give you 10 tips which will help you increase your chances of a quick pregnancy.

Tip 1 – A healthy diet

Easier done than said, but a healthy diet really helps to increase the chance of getting pregnant quickly. If you want to give your baby a good start then you will have to eat healthy anyway. And not only you, your partner too. Stick to the well-known Schijf van Vijf. Vary as much as possible with different types of fruit and vegetables so that you get all the vitamins, minerals and trace elements inside. You can do this by eating as many fruits and vegetables as possible with different colors.

Eat fish once or twice a week and change meat and chicken with meat substitutes. Eat some kinds of nuts daily and take 2 or 3 times a day some dairy. It is not the intention that you eat more, it is about the quality of your food. Only in your second trimester will you have to eat more. Start swallowing folic acid at the beginning of 4 weeks before you want to become pregnant. To prevent your baby from being born with a birth defect such as an open back, an open palate or hare lip.

Tip 2 – Sports or exercise

Sports, or at least 5 times a week, move for half an hour to increase your chances of a quick pregnancy. Are you not such a sport type then you can choose to walk 5 times a week for half an hour. Too much or too intensive exercise is not good. Do not go to the gym every day for 2 hours, or run 20 kilometers every day, this only works counterproductive.

Tip 3 – Fairly regular

The main thing is that you regularly have sex, ideally every other day. More frequent sex does not increase your chances of a quick pregnancy, because semen can stay in your womb for up to 3 days. If your partner has to deliver sperm several times a day, the quality of his sperm deteriorates; the number of sperm cells becomes less. Your ovulation, your fertile period, is 14 days after your period. You increase your chances of a quick pregnancy if you start having sex at least a few days before ovulation, the egg can then be fertilized immediately by the sperm cells that can survive for days in your womb. Research has shown that the average only after 104 times lovemaking, so make it fun!

Tip 4 – Watch your weight

With a BMI of 18.5 to 25 you are at the ideal weight to get pregnant quickly. Overweight will lower your chances, but with underweight too. Overweight during your pregnancy can also cause high blood pressure, pregnancy sugar and complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Make sure before you are on weight before you become pregnant. Fall off in a healthy way, a crash diet makes your body exhausted, making it only harder to get pregnant quickly. He needs his time in a healthy way.

Tip 5 – Quietly with alcohol

1 or 2 wines a week can not hurt if it helps you to get in the right mood. Ideally, however, you do not drink alcohol at all, and neither does your partner. By drinking alcohol, the quality of his sperm deteriorates.

Tip 6 – Stop smoking

For the smokers among us: stop smoking. Various scientific studies have shown that there is a direct link between smoking and becoming less fertile. Both smoking women and men are less fertile.

Tip 7 – Quietly with caffeine

This tip is less obvious than the tips on alcohol and smoking. Caffeine can significantly reduce your chances of becoming pregnant. A study has shown that if 4 cups (or more) of coffee per day drink, your chance of becoming pregnant is 26% lower. Quietly with coffee, or switch to caffeine free coffee. And beware of energy drinks, here are large amounts of caffeine.

Tip 8 – Avoid stress

Stress is bad for your fertility, relaxation is good. Get rid of stressful situations in this period as much as possible. Women benefit greatly from acupuncture in order to relax in order to promote their fertility. Read the possible fertility treatments at

Tip 9 – Positions

Avoid standing or sitting positions, you do not want to make those little swimmers more difficult than necessary, by also allowing them to swim up all the way. A matter of gravity.

Tip 10 – Improve the health of your partner

The health of your partner is also important to increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Sperm of a healthy and fit man is of better quality and has more sperm. He too will have to eat healthy and have to exercise. Vitamin C and E ensure stronger seed, make sure that this is sufficient in your diet.

Stress has a negative impact on the quality of sperm. Together with your partner, look for ways to avoid stress. If this does not work, for example because that is part of his job, look for ways to deal with the stress. Think of methods such as meditation, mindfulness, running or a massage. Stay away from the sauna, the heat of the sauna is bad for the quality of its sperm.

What You Can’t Fully Expect When You’re Expecting

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When you’re pregnant and are expecting a bundle of joy, there are a number of common signs and symptoms that come with carrying a baby. Unfortunately, there are also many surprises that are related to pregnancy for many moms-to-be. To understand pregnancy more and what you can’t fully expect, there are a few facts to learn.

Accurate Gender

Although ultrasounds have become more advanced with the technology that is used over the years, determining a baby’s gender is still not 100 percent accurate. The ultrasound technician can make a mistake or the baby may move a certain way that allows them to look like the opposite sex. 3D ultrasounds can increase the accuracy of predicting the gender and will make it easier to prepare for the baby’s arrival due to the visibility that is offered.

What You Can't Fully Expect When You're Expecting

The Health of the Baby

Various tests and exams are often performed during the pregnancy to determine the baby’s level of health and if any conditions are present. Your OBGYN will also monitor the heart rate and schedule multiple ultrasounds throughout the pregnancy. Unfortunately, the health of the baby is unknown until the child is born.

Your Level of Comfort

Your mother may have suffered from nausea with her pregnancies or your last pregnancy may have been extremely easy, but your level of comfort is unknown each trimester with each pregnancy. No one can predict the symptoms that they’ll experience as they carry a child or if a headache or decreased vision is related to the pregnancy.

What You Can't Fully Expect When You're Expecting

Weight Gain

The amount of weight that you gain doesn’t always depend on your diet or the amount of exercise that you perform each week. Although the recommended weight that women should gain is 25 pounds, there are a number of factors that can influence how you feel and look. Your current weight will influence how much you end up gaining. The body also retains a significant amount of water during the pregnancy, which can cause you to look heavier and plump.

Other women who suffer from indigestion or heartburn may gain less weight due to a tendency to eat less. Women who suffer from nausea during the first trimester and even in the second trimester are also known to lose weight or not gain any weight at all.

Food Adversions

You may be a fan of burgers before you get pregnant, but carrying a baby can cause you to become sick at the sight of meat. According to, you may also have the urge to eat an unusual dish that you never craved before due to the surge of hormones in your body.

Each woman is different when it comes to what she experiences after becoming pregnant. From the way she feels physically to her different moods, there are a variety of factors that are often impossible to fully expect. By going with the flow and embracing change, it can be easier to enjoy pregnancy before it’s time to deliver.