The 4th Trimester – 8 Ways To Create An Awesome One For Your Baby

Imagine what the third trimester of pregnancy would be like for a baby: tightly cocooned in a warm, dark, comforting place, with no hunger pains or thirst, no need to pass painful wind, no strange smells, no feeling the hot or cold… just a perfect environment tailor made for a baby. I’m sure you can also imagine that suddenly being born into a world with of all these things can be quite a rude shock!

A newborn isn’t born being able to fend for themselves and still has much developing to do – they can’t escape if they sense danger or fear, go and find mum or dad for security or a cuddle, nor can a baby chase mum for a feed whenever hunger or thirst calls… they completely rely on us for every single need.

A gentle adjustment into their new world in the form of a fourth trimester (which is named that way in order to be perceived as an extension of the third trimester) can make a huge difference to how baby feels and how mum and dad cope with parenthood. Babies cry because it is their only means to alert their parents that they have a need to be met (and they will not stop crying until it is met), which can in turn make parent’s self esteem and confidence plummet if nothing seems to work. This is because they start wondering what they are doing wrong and if they are useless parents (they’re not).

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