Whether it takes two days or two hours, I can pretty much guarantee that you'll experience every emotion imaginable when you give birth to a child. From fear (why are babies' noggins so much larger than vaginas?!) to anger (where the hell is the epidural?!) to complete and utter joy (no explanation necessary), your head and heart will be filled to bursting. So it's no surprise that you might draw a complete blank on things you should do with your baby in the first 24 hours. Luckily, your doctors and nurses will be there to help.
All moms want to give their babies the best start possible in life. Dr. Iffath Hoskins, clinical associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center, gave Romper some tips on how to make that possible. But she first wanted to remind mothers that giving your baby the best begins before you even give birth, and urges moms to stay healthy throughout their pregnancy and to communicate regularly with their doctor about any issues or concerns.
Hoskins also stressed that very few things are mandatory when it comes to mothering your newborn baby, and that you don't have to do anything you feel uncomfortable with simply because of peer pressure. With that in mind, here are five suggestions she gives new moms.