38 Weeks Pregnant
Q & A
Got questions about Week 38? Other women have wondered…
“Babies are meant to be delivered headfirst. But occasionally a baby presents with his feet or butt first. This type of presentation, called breech, occurs in about three to four percent of all deliveries. Although babies can be delivered breech, there are risks…” Read More
“When it is time to deliver your baby, your doctor (or one of the doctors from your healthcare group) will be there to welcome your little one into the world. But during the time leading up to the delivery of your baby (that is, during labor) your doctor will probably not be with you as much as you would imagine. A big percentage of your labor is spent with…” Read More
“PUPPPs is an acronym for pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy. (Say that three times fast!) All joking aside, PUPPPs is a very itchy rash that may appear in less than one percent of women in the third trimester of pregnancy. Doctors are not sure why some women get this rash, but it appears to be more common in first pregnancies…” Read More
The Learning Curve
Often one of the many concerns of fathers-to-be, and one that is frequently daunting, is how to know best what Baby needs. Most mothers seem to quickly learn what each cry means, but will you as a dad know, too?
Absolutely. An attentive father will certainly learn what each cry means. Is it a cry of pain? Of hunger? Of boredom or loneliness? Of fear? You will, amazingly, learn these distinctions quickly … especially if you are spending time with your baby.
Of course, once you begin to recognize your child’s cries, it becomes easier to soothe your baby. If he’s hungry, you’ll help him to get some milk. If he’s hurt, you’ll care for him and hold him until he feels better. If he is bored, you’ll play with him. When you feel like you can meet your baby’s needs, you will find yourself becoming infinitely more confident as a dad and more and more comfortable in your new family role.
During the first few weeks you may feel like you have no idea what you are doing, but don’t worry! It won’t take long until you will be able to meet your baby’s needs in your sleep. (Unfortunately, you may have to meet your baby’s needs in your sleep, so that will really be helpful!)
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