Baby’s Development – Week 4
Your baby has discovered her vocal cords are for more than crying this week! She may start to make cooing and “ahh” noises, especially when she sees mom and dad. Start repeating those sounds back to her – it can be your first two-way vocal communication.
Your emotional health after giving birth
You’re tired, you feel like you haven’t slept in days, and you’re feeling weepy and sad. The ‘baby blues’ are completely normal, and usually last between a few days and a couple of weeks. If you find that the dark cloud just isn’t lifting, you could be suffering from postnatal depression, which can occur any time within two months of giving birth. So be aware of your moods; if they don’t lift, seek help from your doctor or health care nurse as soon as possible.
Good nutrition is essential to get you through these initial weeks, when your schedule will demand every ounce of energy you have. Try to keep as much balance and variety as possible in your diet, with lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, nuts and seeds. A little red meat can also help with iron levels if your energy is low. Try to include oily fish such as salmon or mackerel in your diet once or twice a week.
Your newborn’s reflexes
Babies are born with a set of instinctive movements that are often self-protective. For example, touching a baby’s eyelid will make her automatically close her eyes. These reflex movements last until the baby begins to learn voluntary control of his muscles, usually at about three to four months, although some reflexes last longer.
Your baby’s sleeping habits
As the weeks pass, you’ll soon get to know your baby's sleeping habits – when she’s feeling sleepy and what makes her tired. Like adults, most babies feel sleepy with a full tummy and after a warm, soothing bath. As she settles into her baby sleeping habits, you’ll see that normal household noises won’t wake her – good news for you!
Birthmarks on your baby
There are a variety of different birthmarks which might appear on your baby’s skin – most disappear in time. Your doctor will be able to tell you which type of birthmark your baby has.