Living Through the First Three Months
The first three months after birth are the most challenging for a new mother. There are so many different doctor appointments and check ups to go through, as well as at home challenges to face. After giving birth, three months suddenly feels like a year, but things do get easier. Keep in mind that all mothers experience post-pregnancy changes differently. Some mothers may experience more severe post-pregnancy problems, while others experience minimal post-pregnancy symptoms. With either extreme consulting with a doctor and asking questions can help you determine what is normal for you and what is not.
What to Expect In the First Month
The first month after giving birth new mothers can expect to receive very little sleep. If the mother is lucky, she will have a baby that likes to sleep through the night. If the baby is like most newborns, then the mother can expect to only get 2 hours of sleep at a time, maybe 3 or 4 if she is lucky. Emotional changes are normal during the first month, but nothing should be so extreme that you feel overly depressed.
What to Expect In the Second Month
By the second month, the mother will be used to routine feeding throughout the day and having an off-set sleep schedule. At this point, the newborn baby may be sleeping a little more through the day and night so that mommy can get extra sleep. Little will change between month one and two, except for the sleeping habits. Hormonal changes are definitely overwhelming for mothers in the first two months. Women can expect to cry suddenly for no reason, and get emotional over little things. These emotions are natural, but if there is an unbalance, be sure to inform your doctor immediately.
What to Expect In Month Three
Around month three, the mother should be completely healed if there was a C-section performed. Body wise for the mother, there may be discharge still from birth. Overall the body is normal again except for the potential weight retention. At 3 months the baby should be sleeping longer and a routine should be established. Emotional changes should be calmer and less noticeable, however new mothers still experience hormonal ups and downs at month 3 after birth as well.