fourth trimester

He’s here! Postpartum life so far and Owen’s birth story

Hi friends! I’d like to introduce you to little Owen, who arrived earthside on September 14, 2019 at 1:22 am, weighing 7 pounds 3.5 ounces And measuring 51 cm long.

Just a few hours old

He’s a healthy little dude and thankfully I had no complications in labour. I’ll get more into his birth story below, but first here’s a quick update about life in the fourth trimester so far.

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How I’m preparing for the fourth trimester

With just 2.5 weeks (ish) to go until baby boy is earthside and now that I’m feeling a genuine sense of excitement and curiosity instead of fear about what my body is about to go through, I’ve started to look more into what to expect AFTER baby is here.

One of the benefits of being late to the child-bearing game (aside from all the hand-me-downs!) is the great wisdom other mamas in my circle of family, friends and social connections have to share about their experiences, and one thing I’ve heard a lot about recently is the fourth trimester.

The fourth trimester is essentially the first three months after you baby is born, where you are still healing and recovering and baby is adjusting to life outside the womb. In almost all other cultures, the first 40-60 days after a baby is born is known as a “sitting-in” period or “sacred window”, where the new mother is either cared for by her female relatives at home or at her mother’s house, and the focus is on the new mother feeding and bonding with her baby and resting as much as possible so she can heal while family and friends take care of housework and preparing meals. Sounds amazing, right?

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