Doctors and nurses do care about pregnant women, but some doctors and nurses get tired of explaining certain things over and over again. Some pregnancy and "new motherhood" facts should probably be common knowledge at this point, and doctors and nurses need to relate these facts to their pregnant patients.
Relating these facts may get a little bit repetitive and monotonous.
Expectant moms who read this list will be able to gather important facts about pregnancy and life with baby. Of course, the facts presented here aren't meant to be a substitute for consultations with an OB-GYN. Any mom-to-be who has questions about pregnancy and postpartum should talk to her doctor.
Doctors and nurses are paid to help patients — it's in their job description to help others. So don't worry about whether these health care professionals are tired of explaining certain things. It is their job to answer questions.
To get ahead of the game, these 20 entries are some of the things that get repetitive for most health care professionals. While many soon-to-be parents are aware of these small changes, reminders never hurt and it also leaves mom with a peace of mind. From the delivery room to the car ride home with baby, here are 20 things doctors and nurses are tired of explaining to moms.
20 Eating The Placenta May Not Be Necessary
Eating the placenta is pretty trendy these days, but is it strictly necessary? A lot of nurses and doctors say it isn't. According to Webmd.com, there just isn't any scientific evidence that eating a placenta is beneficial. Consider that fact before planning to have your own placenta (which you'll deliver right after you deliver your baby) turned into capsules.
The placenta is an organ that will grow during pregnancy. It delivers nourishment to an unborn baby. Many medical experts feel that eating healthy foods is just as good as eating a placenta — if not better. So if this grosses you out, there are other options here.
19 Don't Argue With Your Partner While Your Baby Is Around
Babies don't understand everything that's going on around them, but they do feel the vibes. This is why new parents should never argue around their babies. Raised voices, angry tones of voice and aggressive body language are things that an innocent little baby should never hear and see.
While parenthood is undoubtedly stressful at times, new parents must learn to handle the stress in ways that don't upset the baby. According to Fatherly.com, relationships really change when babies come along. Some survive and get stronger. Others fall apart. None remain just as they were before parenthood.
Make an effort to keep things calm and positive with your partner. Don't fight around the baby.
18 Vaccinating Babies And Kids Is Essential
The whole anti-vaxxer movement makes a lot of doctors and nurses see red. Scientific evidence shows that vaccinating babies and kids is an absolute essential. Doctors and nurses may tire of trying to explain why vaccinating infants and kids is vital. They may find it frustrating when new parents balk at vaccinating their babies and children.
According to Health.ny.gov, failing to vaccinate babies and kids will boost the odds of infants and children getting mumps, whooping cough, and measles. These diseases can be fatal. It isn't just offspring of anti-vaxxers who are at risk, because babies and kids who aren't vaccinated may get other infants and children sick.
17 Spit-up And Vomit Are Different
Doctors and nurses know the difference between spit-up and vomit and you should, too. Spitting up is generally not harmful to a baby. It happens a lot, it doesn't hurt an infant and it may happen until a baby reaches one year of age. Usually, it occurs because an infant's digestive system is not developed enough. It may also happen because a baby is overfed. There is only so much nourishment a little baby's tummy can hold.
Vomiting does make an infant uncomfortable, though, according to Similac.com. It usually has more volume than spitting up. Babies may vomit with force, more than once. Vomiting can cause dehydration and this can be dangerous.
16 Too Much Company Right After Delivery Is A Bad Idea
When a baby is born, it's time for celebration, but welcoming lots of visitors into your hospital room or home may bring pressure. Of course, you'll want your immediate family to meet your baby ASAP. The rest of your circle can wait awhile. Doctors and nurses know that moms need quiet time to bond with their new babies and get used to taking good care of their new babies.
According to Reddit.com, some new parents really don't want a bunch of visitors. They want to be alone with their baby. If you feel the same, wait until the baby is a little bigger to start showing him or her off.
15 Swaddling Soothes Colicky Babies
Andy Cohen's adorable baby, Benjamin, is someone who is proudly featured in his famous dad's social media posts. Little Benjamin is sometimes pictured in his crib, swaddled to perfection. Some moms-to-be and new moms may not realize that swaddling is one of the best ways to soothe a colicky baby.
According to Calmingcolic.com, swaddling a baby snugly in blankets simulates an in-womb experience and this may calm a baby down while he or she is dealing with symptoms of colic. If you're not sure how to swaddle effectively and properly, make very sure that you master swaddling before trying it with your own baby.
14 Nursing May Be Harder Than Expected
Some women find nursing easy, while others are surprised at just how hard it is. Women who struggle to nurse should be kind to themselves. Difficulty nursing is just something that happens to some women. It's not a reflection of their parenting skills or an indication that they aren't bonding effectively with their infants.
According to Whattoexpect.com, women who have trouble nursing are much more likely to give up on nursing within 60 days of giving birth. Over 90 percent of women have one (or more) nursing concern within days of giving birth. Women who are having trouble should ask for support from health care professionals. Help is out there.
13 Try Not To Spend Baby's First Year Worrying
New parenthood can bring some worries, but it should be a joyful adventure, too. Try not to spend the whole first year worrying. Some worrying is normal. As you adjust to caring for a baby, you should find it easier to relax.
Mastering proper baby care is one of the best ways to feel more secure in your new role. Read up on proper baby care practices and then put them into action. When you know that you're giving your infant the right care, you'll have more peace of mind. If you are worrying a lot, despite educating yourself, talk to your doctor.
12 Google Isn't The Best Resource For Medical Advice
Most of us rely on "Dr. Google" sometimes. We prowl the web, looking for medical information. Sometimes, that information doesn't come from the most reliable sources. A good website that is trustworthy will offer sources for important facts. Don't settle for less when seeking out medical facts online.
Also, don't hesitate to bring up questions about pregnancy and new parenthood with a doctor or nurse. These educated health care professionals know best. They are better than Google because they spend their lives helping pregnant women and their babies/kids. Educate yourself online, but consider where you're getting information. Information from your doctor is the gold standard.
11 Symptoms Of PPD Should Never Be Ignored
Doctors and nurses worry about new moms and their babies. They definitely don't want new mothers to ignore symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD). Postpartum depression should be treated by a physician.
Some new moms may know that they feel blue after giving birth, just like Chrissy Teigen did, but don't realize that they have PPD. Knowing the symptoms is really important. When you know the symptoms, you'll know what to watch out for.
According to Mayoclinic.com, symptoms of PPD include difficulty sleeping, feelings of sadness, mood swings. irritability, feelings of being [stressed], appetite issues, crying jags, and difficulty concentrating. If you experience these symptoms, don't wait to get help.
10 New Moms Should Invest In Humidifiers
Babies may come down with croup and this can really stress out new parents. Cool mist humidifiers are one time-honored way to help babies breathe when they have croup. Symptoms of croup include labored breathing and cough.
While new medical evidence shows that humidifiers may not be as effective as formerly believed, according to Webmd.com, a lot of doctors still believe in them. This is why new moms should consider adding humidifiers to their nurseries. The cool mist humidifiers are considered safer than steam-based humidifiers. When stocking your nursery, be sure to purchase one of these humidifiers. You'll probably need to use it at some point.
9 Baby Bowel Movements Should Be Soft
It's important for new moms to understand what normal baby bowel movements look like. New moms have plenty of opportunities to inspect the bowel movements of their babies because they are changing diapers so often. Some new moms don't know that baby bowel movements should be soft. Baby bowel movements that are pebbly and dry are not optimal.
According to Mayoclinic.org, babies who are being nursed often have bowel movements that are mushy and yellow. However, a baby's initial bowel movements may be tarry and dark green or black. Once a baby starts getting breast milk and digesting it, bowel movements will go from greenish-yellow to tan or yellow. Look for a peanut butter-like consistency.
8 Babies With Fevers Need Medical Attention
As a new mom, you will need to worry about some things more than others. If your baby has a fever, that's something that you need to take seriously.
Some new moms don't know what a normal temperature is for a baby and they need to find out. Doctors do know what's normal and what isn't. According to Babycenter.com, a baby whose temp is lower than 100.4 degrees, based on a reading from a rectal thermometer, has a normal temperature.
If your baby is 3 months of age or younger and has a temperature that is 100.4 degrees (or higher), take the baby to a doctor right away.
7 Letting A Baby Cry Is Okay Sometimes
Letting a baby cry is hard — some new moms can't do it. These moms are usually the "attachment parenting" types of moms. They want to comfort them; they want to keep their babies happy as much as they can. While this is honorable and sweet, doctors and nurses know that babies may be left to cry sometimes. Of course, they shouldn't be left to cry all of the time.
According to CNN.com, babies from six months of age upwards may be left to cry it out at night. Babies who are left to cry it out tend to learn to fall asleep on their own. Younger babies could probably use a cuddle if they're crying, right?
6 Double Check To Make Sure Car Seats Are Installed Properly
Babies definitely need to travel in car seats that are installed properly. A lot of savvy moms-to-be and dads-to-be practice installing car seats before their bundles of joy arrive. This is a good idea. Parents need to do it right for the sake of safety. They also need the confidence that doing it right brings.
The official Dmv.org website offers practical tips on how to install car seats. It's a source that parents-to-be and new parents can trust. One tip from this source is to purchase a rear-facing car seat for a baby under one year of age. It's the safest choice for an infant.
5 Babies Need Oral Care
Babies may not have teeth when they're born but they'll come in eventually, and when they do, they will need oral care. Most babies start getting their first teeth around the half-year mark, according to Colgate.com. Until teeth start coming in, moms should clean their infant's gums. This should start shortly after a baby is born. While a baby is likely to fuss, the job should still be done. Before a baby turns one, he or she should see the dentist for the very first time.
Oral care experts recommend using a damp and clean washcloth to clean a baby's gums and inside of his or her mouth. Don't assume that oral care doesn't begin until a baby has teeth.
4 Don't Neglect Your Partner Because Of Your Baby
Babies are a joy and also a lot of work. Some new moms may focus all of their energy on their infants and basically give their partners short shrift. This is a mistake. Partners need attention, too. A new baby brings changes to a relationship, for better or worse. It's up to both people in a relationship to keep communicating and being affectionate. Think of yourself and your partner as a united front. You are in this together. Your partner needs you, even though your baby needs you more.
According to TheBump.com, regular date nights for new parents are a great idea. Try to set aside a little time to just be a couple.
3 Take Help With The Baby When It's Offered
Most people love babies, especially when they are relatives or the offspring of friends. Babies bring out the best in most people. Some new moms shy away from accepting too much help from friends and family, but they shouldn't. Doctors and nurses want new moms to be as fresh, rested and happy as they can be. Accepting help makes it easier for new mothers to rest and to recover from labor and delivery.
Now is a good time to put pride aside and accept help. Let others who care about you help with the baby, or with cooking or housework. Pay it forward later.
2 Sleep When The Baby Sleeps
This is important. Caring for a newborn can be so tiring. Your best chance to get rest comes when your precious infant is sleeping. Use that time to doze. Any sleep that you can grab will help. It may not be enough, but it will be something.
Sleeping with your baby isn't the safest option though. Put your baby in his or her crib and then sleep close by. Before you know it, you'll be awake again. Little naps will help you to stay sharp as you care for your baby. They'll also make you feel happier. So, be sure and sleep when the baby sleeps. Source: Mayoclinic.org
1 Learn To Trust Your Instincts As A Mother
To develop the confidence that you need as a new mother, you should learn to trust your instincts. Doctors and nurses know that the maternal instinct is very strong in most women. Paying attention to that maternal instinct will help you to keep your baby safe and happy. If you have a gut feeling that something isn't right with the baby, value your instinct and take your infant to the doctor. Listen to the voice inside.
According to Psychologytoday.com, psychologists argue about whether maternal instinct is real or invented. If you feel maternal instinct, follow it. Your urge to protect and nurture your baby will steer you in the right direction.
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