Your new baby
What will my new baby look like?
Your baby will probably be a bluish-white colour at first and may be covered with the greasy fluid vernix caseosa, which protected her skin while it was immersed in the amniotic sac. She will have streaks of blood on her head and body and depending on your delivery her head may look slightly pointed after her journey down the birth canal.
At the appropriate time two clamps are applied to the cord, one a short distance from the navel, the other about an inch away. These prevent the cord from bleeding; the one closest to the baby being the most important.
When your baby is born she will be checked straightaway to see if she is fit and healthy.
If her breathing is normal there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't hold her immediately: she'll drink in your smell and begin the bonding process straightaway.
Your baby will be happiest next to your skin where he can feel your warmth and hear your heartbeat.
Bonding isn't confined to mothers It's important that dads bond with newborns too ' through touch, smell and sound.
A strong argument in favour of breastfeeding is that it can trigger mother love because one of the hormones that stimulates lactation is also, in part, responsible for the love you feel for your baby.
Remember, your breasts don't actually produce milk for the first three days.
Most of your waking and many of your sleeping hours will be devoted to looking after a new baby and this is a difficult thing to get used to.
No. It's easy to underestimate exactly how much work and disruption is involved in looking after a new baby.
Guilt is a common feeling amongst all mothers, not just those with new babies.
Caring for a new baby is exhausting and time-consuming but it is important that you make an effort to make time for yourself and for you and your partner.