Being pregnant is exhausting. Everything about your body changes, from the way you look to the way you walk, sleep, and even go to the bathroom. By the end of the third trimester, most moms-to-be can't wait to have their baby living outside of their bodies. They are so ready to start feeling like themselves again. What they probably don't realize, however, is that the first few months after delivery are a transitional period for both mom and baby. There are several things to know about the fourth trimester that can prepare you and your baby for life outside of the womb.
How great would it be if after having your baby, your body suddenly looked and felt like it did before you got pregnant? A lot of new moms picture this scenario, even if intellectually they know that their bodies and minds need time to adjust to motherhood. But what they may not realize is that their little ones also need an adjustment period. When babies are born, they have no idea what is going on. They've never had to eat, breath, or poop. They've never felt cold or been alone. Basically, babies have to learn how to be babies, and the fourth trimester is when they develop those skills.
Here are some other things that happen in the fourth trimester.