Baby's 1st month:
Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4

Baby's 1st week

Week 1, Mum's health: After you've given birth to your baby, your stitches or episiotomy (if you had one) will take about a month to heal. Using a jug of water, make sure you clean and dry the scar properly every time you go to the toilet, change your sanitary towel or wash yourself...

Week 1, baby: Your baby may cry, which is a sign that all is well. The respiratory, blood and heart systems all get to work immediately. The umbilical cord is cut (sometimes by dad) and baby is given to you to hold...

Week 1, advice: Whether you've had a natural or Caesarean delivery, you will be tired and it's essential that you rest. One way to do this is to limit your number of visitors so you can sleep and recover more quickly...

Baby's 2nd week

Week 2, Mum's health: Are you having difficulties breastfeeding? Don't give up just yet. It's common to experience cracked, engorged or painful breasts. To avoid getting cracked breasts, which are usually caused by dampness...

Week 2, baby: You will notice that your baby is doing all he can to be in contact with you. You communicate through skin-to-skin contact, your smell, your voice and breastfeeding (if you choose to). This is how trust will develop...

Week 2, advice: Like 70 to 80% of new mums, you may experience the baby blues. Symptoms include uncontrollable crying, mood swings, feelings of loneliness, and moments of depression. There are many causes: tiredness after giving birth...

Baby's 3rd week

Week 3, Mum's health: If you want to get your sex life back on track before your periods return, you should use contraception. It's better not to leave anything to chance. Ask your doctor or midwife for their advice on choosing a suitable method of contraception...

Week 3, baby: By the end of the week, your baby should hopefully be back at his birth weight. His rate of growth is equivalent to a weight gain of around 105 to 210 grams a week up to the age of 4 months. Weekly weigh-ins are sufficient, you don't need to weigh him every day...

Week 3, advice: At almost one month old, your baby is big enough to make some outings. This is the time to get used to carrying baby around. There are 4 types of baby carrier to choose from: back carriers (which aren't suitable for babies under 6 months old); front carriers; slings; and scarves...

Baby's 4th week

Week 4, Mum's health: Gradually increase the amount of exercise you get and introduce your baby to the great outdoors by going for a long walk every day. Your perineum has been weakened, so it's important not to carry heavy things...

Week 4, baby: You will have noticed that baby cries a lot. This is normal because crying is the main way of communicating with you. There are five types of cry: hunger, pain, anger, frustration, and after 3-4 weeks, a cry for attracting attention...

Week 4, advice: To reduce anxiety at night, it's important to reassure your baby. You may be able to calm your baby down by talking softly, singing lullabies or cradling him or her in your arms. If that doesn't work...

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