The First Moments of Your Babies Life
During pregnancy, you sit for hours and imagine how your baby is going to look like and how will he or she feel the first time you are going to hold them. You wonder how birth for him/her is, how a healthy baby looks, how will he/she react in the early hours of life. Let’s answer some of these questions.
1. What does birth mean for the baby?
Imagine you are in a place in total security, warmth and without pain or any discomfort at all and suddenly from there you seem to get pushed and thrown into a world of intense sensations: light, cold, smells, noises. Your back is for the first time straight, and your lungs fill funny and burn a little. And now imagine that you are going back to that universe of warmth; you feel the mother’s skin and that feeling of safety when in her arms. In an ideal world, the baby has just a few moments of the hush reality before he/she is returned to their mother’s arms.
2. How is the baby going to look like?
Their head might seem a little too big. They might have a pink or darker color, or their hands and feet might be a bit blue. All this is normal, and the stains and strange colors will disappear in 24-48 hours.
3. What does the baby feel in their first hours?
The first hour from the life of your baby is critical. The transaction to real life is hard, and they have to adjust. If you need to know more, ask the doctor and the nurse about what they are doing to them. You are allowed to ask and receive answers; after all, it is your baby.
4. When is the right time to get close to the baby?
The baby can make contact with the mother just after the few moments in which they are going to cry. If the room is not too bright, they will open their eyes and concentrate on their mother’s face.
5. Is it normal for a baby to want to go the sleep right after birth?
Birth is an exhausting experience, and after an hour passes the mother and the baby must be left to sleep for a couple of hours. Also, it is not unusual for the baby to sleep 4-8 hours more; maybe they will awake from time to time to get some food.