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After traversing a 9-months long journey with your baby inside, the day finally arrives when you hold your little bundle of joy. A day filled with excitement, emotions, check-ups, and medications. While it could be an overwhelming experience for you and your partner to be seeing your little one cry and coo; your baby is putting twice as efforts as you to get acquainted with the extrauterine world. Knowing what to expect from your baby’s first 24 hours could be joyful and help you have a happy babymoon!
After you have given birth to the baby and delivered the placenta out, the umbilical cord which is connected to the placenta will be clamped at two places and cut. In a case of normal vaginal delivery, your baby will be put on your chest immediately after birth. This is to establish a skin-to-skin contact which makes it feel secure and warm. Further tests are carried out to check the health of the baby.
The First 24 Hours Of Your Baby’s Life
1. Your Baby’s Color
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Your newborn’s hands and legs might appear pale compared to the stomach, chest, and face. They might sometimes appear bluish as well. This is because the baby starts using its own circulatory system for oxygen supply, instead of the umbilical cord it used to depend on till now. And the free movement of oxygen to the peripheries might take a little more time than the other organs. But, if your baby’s stomach and face start turning pale or blue at any time, bring it to the doctor’s notice immediately.
2. Your Baby’s Breathing Patterns
Unlike adults, a newborn’s breathing pattern is not rhythmic and could be erratic. There might be longer than normal pauses between few of its breaths, which is perfectly healthy. However, if you find that your baby is struggling to breathe, it is a matter of concern and needs a doctor’s help.
3. Your Baby’s Sound
Within the uterus, your baby’s lungs were filled with fluids. After birth, it tries to get the fluids off its lungs, which could impact the way your baby makes sounds. Sometimes the sounds could startle you! If you hear such sounds, gently roll the baby onto one side and rub its back, to aid it in getting the fluid out. Eventually, your baby would sound normal.
4. Your Baby’s Food
Within 50 minutes of its birth, with a little guidance and support, your baby will learn to suck the breast milk. Up to three days after the childbirth, you produce colostrum which is thick and concentrated with nutrients, post which, you actually produce breast milk. The little one needs very little food in the initial days but might like to stick around you all the time. Remember, you were its home just a few
Do not take the baby off your breasts when it is not “eating,” but is still sticking around. The act of sucking produces hormones that increase the production of breast milk and the hormone oxytocin (the feel good hormone).
5. Your Baby’s Excreta
The first urine of your newborn is too scanty to notice, as it wouldn’t have consumed much liquid in the first 24 hours. The first poo is usually black, thick, and sticky, known as “meconium.” It is the waste produced from what the baby had consumed while it was in the womb. Once the baby starts digesting the breast milk, the feces would appear normal.
6. Your Baby’s Temperature
Keeping your little warm just to avoid any effects from outside environment is every parents’ natural insticnt. But, the fact is, your baby needs just one
extra layer than what you do to stay warm and keep itself healthy. Do not over-clothe your baby, as it might affect its sleep patterns.
Enjoy each moment of parenting by observing the tiny changes your little one goes through every day. Parenthood is a bliss indeed!