What is the Fourth Trimester?

fourth trimester Aug 20, 2021
Newborn baby's face.

The fourth trimester can be full on.

You've just given birth after having been pregnant for 9 months and now you have to look after this little person who has landed in your life without an instruction book!
Not only that but for many of us, we haven't actually grown up in communities where we've watched other people look after babies.
This is all a new experience and often is it so hard to read what our babies want and need.


So what can you do?

The most important thing to remember is that this really intense period of learning and growing (for both you and your baby) doesn't last for ever.
If your babe came a little bit early, this time may last a bit longer, but by and large
 it often only stays this full on for the first 12-16 weeks of your baby's life outside the womb. During that time, things start to find their own pattern and sleep, feeding and life in general do begin to settle down.
In the mean time, you do what works until it doesn't work, then you do something else. 

My top tips to help you to thrive in the fourth trimester are:


  • Surround yourself with people who love and care about you and whose opinions you value

You will receive lots of advice when you have a new baby, some good, some not so good. Building a village of support is as much about filtering through the advice you get as it is having someone to call in the middle of the night if you need help. One good way to think about it is if you wouldn't take advice from someone, then try not to worry too much about their opinion and let them sit further out in your support circle for now. 


  • Arm yourself with information that you know you can trust

This is exactly why I have written these courses.
As a General Practitioner and Lactation Consultant, so much of what I see patients for is actually completely normal newborn behaviour that someone online or a well meaning family member or friend has made you doubt yourself over. So my courses are designed to teach you what is normal- when it comes to newborns, breastfeeding, sleep and settling. 


  • Be kind to yourself. This time doesn't last, even though it feels that way when you're in the thick of it.

I know it's often easier said than done to be kind to yourself. But you have only just met your new baby and they have just really met you for the first time too. Coupled with all the new and interesting changes both your bodies are going through right now, the fourth trimester is one of the most important times to remind yourself daily that a little bit of kindness goes a long way.
This is why I have developed my downloadable mantras. Stick them up around the house, frame them and put them in your nursery, basically anywhere you need a daily reminder to be kind to yourself.

The fourth trimester is a period of adaption, for you and your baby.
It's about getting to know each other and not expecting too much from yourself while you do this important job.

Want to learn more about how my courses can help you to feel confident and empowered in the fourth trimester and beyond?

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