The Fourth Trimester: An Essential Part of Your New Normal

When we think pregnancy, we typically think three trimesters. That is the 3, 6, and 9 month marks. But did you know that there is also another pivotal period of time following your birth? The fourth trimester is actually something every new mama, baby, and family will experience - and it's essential to getting used to your new normal.

The Fourth Trimester is typically the first 12 weeks of life after baby is born. During that time, it's perceived that this is somehow an extension of life on earth from the womb - a time where baby is born into the outside world, but still wants to feel as close to you as they were in utero, and where mama is exhausted beyond words can say because it's hard work caring for a brand new baby! You must do your best to rest, take care of yourself, breathe, and take all of your new life in in stride.

During the Fourth Trimester, a mother is learning how to be a full-time caregiver to a brand new human being - a scary, exciting time indeed. A baby is learning all about the world around them, including all of the sights, sounds, and smells that surround them. They are learning to exist in their brand new environment. A family is learning how to adjust to having a new addition around - and it can prove to be stressful at times, regardless of how many blessings abound.

It isn't always rainbows and butterflies. But, once you develop a familiarity with having the new baby around, and the other kids adjust (if you have other children, that is) and somewhat of a routine is established, it can be quite easy to fall in love with your new life.

As you'll no doubt figure out, parenting doesn't come with a handbook. We all live and learn by experience, and do the very best job that we can as mothers. Ultimately, your best is all that can be expected of you to do - and that's absolutely perfect in every way.

Keep on keeping on, and enjoy learning as you go. Enjoy all of the little moments, because time can be cruel and unkind - and it has a way of slipping away from us undetected, its whereabouts never quite found.

You've got this, mama. When it gets too hard, don't be afraid to ask your partner, friends and family for help. It truly does take a community to raise a baby. Don't be afraid to rest. Don't be afraid to accept the help of a family member who's offering to cook or clean. Instead, welcome all of the support with open arms. You will be so glad you did!

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