Your Baby Is 1 Week Old!
You're probably enjoying your new arrival! Unfortunately, you're probably experiencing a few slightly less welcome guests along with baby — think soreness, sweating, leaking, and constipation. You might also have a touch of the blues, but try not to get too concerned — it's totally natural and will pass in time. Remember, you and baby are both getting used to, well, everything.
Don't panic if baby looks a little...off. It'll be a few weeks before your newborn looks like what you pictured. A cone-shaped head, flattened nose, swollen genitals, and puffy eyes are all gifts from baby's preparation for delivery and trip through the birth canal. Some babies, especially preemies, also emerge covered in fine, downy hair called lanugo, which should disappear in a week or so. The umbilical cord stump will go away in a week or two as well, but it does require some special care until then.
[ tip ] Get things moving: One cup of raisin bran cereal with milk (preferably lactose-free) and a banana will provide all the fiber you need in one day. Experts recommend consuming 15 to 20 grams of fiber and plenty of fluids to relieve constipation.
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All medical information reviewed by Dr. Paula Prezioso of Pediatric Associates in New York City
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