What a sweet little baby you have brought into the world! It is hard to imagine that such an amazing creature was formed in your body where it was nourished and sustained perfectly. The transition from intrauterine to extrauterine life is a natural one, but that does not mean it is always an easy one. The umbilical cord tht was the baby’s lifeline is discarded and breathing and eating now provide the infant with oxygen and food. New demands are placed on the repiratory and digestive systems for the very first time. In addition, baby is now subject to gravity instead of the boyancy of in utero life. And the skin is also subject to the drying of air and friction of clothing and other irritants.
In the days and weeks following childbirth, it is completely normal to experience a wide variety of emotions. Hormonal shifts and sleep deprivation, as well as adjustment to the new responsibilities and role changes and social isolation required of new parents can be quite overwhelming. A mixture of joy, heartbreaking love, sheer terror, overwhelm at the enormity of your new responsibilities, and that tendency to cry at the slightest provocation (like the commercials on TV), is very common.
While the first weeks after your baby is born are a blissful honeymoon of blossoming love and getting to know each other, like pregnancy and childbirth, this period has its own set of challenges for both mom and baby. As if pregnancy and birth didn’t change your body enough over nine months, now you have major remodeling going on as your body returns to a new normal in a relatively few short weeks! Add to that sleepless nights, learning to breastfeed, and massive hormone swings and you can see why this time can be difficult for many moms.