The Fourth Trimester

The Fourth Trimester

Your Baby’s Health In The First Three Months

The first three months after giving birth are sometimes referred to as the ‘4th trimester’ due to this phase being just as difficult as being heavily pregnant (if not more so!). While it’s important to look after yourself emotionally and physically during this time, it’s also vital to be acutely aware of your newborn’s health and development.

Looking after your new baby

Keeping Your Appointments

Never skip any /postnatal appointments with your GP or Paediatrician. Any scheduled consultations are important as they allow your trusted medical practitioner to oversee the growth and well-being of your baby.

Recognising Positive Milestones

Within these three months, there are a number of behaviours you can anticipate from your baby. These typically include:

  • Smiling and laughing out loud (sometimes slightly after the three-month mark)
  • Looking at your face when you talk to him/her
  • Free movement of arms and legs
  • Feeding well
  • Reacting to notable sounds.

Baby smiling

Watching Out For Warning Signs

Newborns can’t tell you something is wrong, but they will communicate problems in other ways. Signals that could indicate a health issue can include:

  • Unusually high-pitched crying
  • Never calming down when you pick him/her up
  • Stiffness (particularly in the back and neck)
  • One limb being weaker or more floppy than the other
  • Often maintaining a tight fist
  • Crying for longer than normal or more frequently than other babies.

If you notice a sign such as the ones above, consider making an urgent appointment with your doctor to address your concerns and investigate further.

An alert babyOne of the great things about attending a caring clinic like Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology during your pregnancy is that we go above and beyond to provide you with as much information as possible – including the milestones and signs to identify during your baby’s first months out of the womb. Book a consultation with us today by phoning 1300 464 464 or contacting us through our website.

As mentioned, the best first step you can take is having an appointment with an experienced OB/GYN. Please contact us to book your consultation or simply call us on 1300 464 464 to discuss your needs with our friendly staff.

Baby making facesDr Ken Law is a Brisbane Obstetrician specialising in the management of pregnancy and delivery.  For more information and to discuss your specific situation, please contact Dr Ken Law to arrange a consultation at Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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