3 Common struggles new parents have during the fourth trimester and how to ease them
Author: SCV Birth Center
There’s actually an entire other trimester that is usually left out of the conversations about growing a baby. That’s because this one happens after the baby is born. It’s known as the fourth trimester and is marked by the period of time between birth and the first three months of life.
What you need to know about having children at your birth
While it’s atypical in our culture to see children attending births, let alone participating in them, we don’t believe that (normal) birth is traumatizing. In fact, we believe that birth is a natural, normal part of our life cycle, therefore we think it’s wonderful for children to see it.
Self-care you can actually accomplish: Taking care of yourself in the fourth trimester
If you’re a new mom someone has likely mentioned something about “self-care” at some point between when your baby was crowning and the first few weeks of postpartum. That’s because becoming a parent is a lot like running a marathon and those who’ve done it before realize that it’s important not only to focus on taking care of your new infant, but to take care of yourself, too. Parental burnout is common and so are postpartum mood disorders. In fact it’s estimated that around 15% of mothers experience postpartum depression.