The Fourth Trimester: Round Two

The Fourth Trimester: Round Two

With my first pregnancy, I feared labor and delivery.  How painful would it be? How long would it last? Could I actually handle it?  (It hurts. It doesn't last forever. I could handle it. And, of course, regardless of those answers, it's all worthwhile.)  With my second pregnancy, I feared the fourth trimester.  The lack of sleep, the demands and challenges of nursing, the physical recovery - and doing it all with a toddler!  To say I struggled the first time around would be an understatement, so I expected the same struggle (potentially multiplied) for round two.  But after a successful VBAC and a smooth transition into breastfeeding with my second baby, my confidence increased.  Of course, it bottomed out when we moved three days later with a newborn and a toddler, but that's pretty much how life with kids goes - they keep you humble!  Here are a few new challenges (aside from the poorly timed move) that I encountered during the fourth trimester (second time around) along with strategies to overcome them.  

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Nutrition in Pregnancy + Beyond: The Fourth Trimester

Nutrition in Pregnancy + Beyond: The Fourth Trimester

The Fourth Trimester (also known as: wait, I thought pregnancy ended after the third trimester)

The term "fourth trimester" was coined to describe the first few months of the baby's life outside the womb.  It's that time when your baby is no longer physically attached to you, but basically still attached to you.  While I haven't hit that point in my second pregnancy, I feel like it's the time I remember most vividly from my first.

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