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Your Newborn Baby and the First Week

The Post-Pregnancy Hormonal Roller Coaster

In the beginning, your emotions will most likely simulate a roller coaster ride for a while. Between the surging and declining hormones, the physical exhaustion, and the joy of finally meeting your baby, it is an emotional time. The best things you can do now are:
 
  • Enjoy bonding with your baby
  • Rest
  • Take advantage of the help from the medical team at the hospital.
 
As you and your baby get to know each other, there are going to be wonderful times as well as trying times. Remind yourself that every parent is a newbie at one point. Patience with yourself, your partner, and your baby is so important during this time. You are all learning so much every minute that you are together. Take a few deep breaths and let it all happen.
 
You may also want to read about postpartum depression. This is a medical condition that goes beyond the "baby blues," and many new moms experience it. Becoming educated about this condition will help you recognize its early symptoms and not write them off as normal post-pregnancy feelings (see Postpartum Depression to learn more).
 

Helpful Tips for the Daddies

By the basic physical nature of giving birth, mommies tend to bond quicker and stronger than the daddies. The daddy's role, however, is equally important and vital. There are things that you can do to help mommy and foster a bond of your own. For example, while mommy gets ready to feed the baby, take that time to change the diaper. That is a great opportunity to be involved in a way that will allow you two to get to know each other and begin building your own special relationship.
 
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