Baby’s Development – Week 6
The day you’ve been waiting for…your baby’s first smile. There’s nothing quite like seeing that first little heart-melting grin. Be sure to smile back to let her know she’s making you happy; it will encourage her to do it more often.
The 6-week checkup
At the 6-week checkup, both you and your baby will have your first official check-up since you left the hospital to ensure you’re both in top health. Remember to ask any questions that have been on your mind in recent weeks.
Weight loss, exercise and diet after birth
It might be difficult to imagine when you’re staring in the mirror with dismay at the overhang (“mother’s apron”) your pregnancy has left you with, but you can get your body back with the right diet and exercise. Some women even get into better shape after their pregnancy, as they’re more conscious than ever of a healthy diet and exercise. Eating well and exercising for weight-loss and general health after birth will give you that boost that your body and self-esteem need. Embrace the challenge!
Drinking water is something that can slip when you’re focused on so many other things at once. Staying hydrated is key for energy levels, particularly if you’re breastfeeding. One of the easiest ways to ensure you get enough is to fill a 1.5 litre jug or bottle of water in the morning, and sip throughout the day. The aim is to finish it by the evening. Remember that looking after yourself is extremely important – you need to be in top shape to care for your baby through his first days.
The first few months of your baby’s life can be fraught with anxiety; that constant checking in the bassinet to make sure your baby’s OK. There are some baby sleep basics that will help to keep your little treasure safe. One of the things you can do to keep your baby safe is to ensure she lies on her back at all times to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).