It’s understandable that most pregnant women focus on their childbirth. All they wish for is to give birth successfully without any complications. However, it’s also important to know what will happen to your newborn immediately after birth. What will happen to your new-born depends a lot on your labour, whether he or she was born through vaginal or C-section, and how he or she quickly adapts to the environment outside the womb.
Chances are you’ve read what will happen to you post-delivery. But you may not have thought about how busy your new-born will be immediately after birth. While procedures may vary from one maternity hospital to the other, there are some general procedures you should expect. These include the cutting of the cord, an Apgar test, and Vaccine K injections before you’re given the green light to head home.
This article will furnish you with all the information you need to know on what happens to your toddler in the hours after she’s born.
The baby’s appearance
A number of important changes will occur in your newborn’s body due to the transition from the protected, serene, and warm setting of the womb to the external world. Your baby’s skin colour will appear blue or purple in the first few minutes after delivery. Her body will be covered in blood, amniotic fluid, and vernix which are present in the womb. They are vital for your new-born to develop the ability to taste and smell after delivery. Your baby feels secure amidst these familiar things outside the womb.
Due to proper breathing, the colour of her skin will gradually turn to pink a few minutes after birth while her hands and feet will remain blue for a couple of hours. The reason is blood vessels in your child’s hands and feet are quite small, and therefore, takes considerable time for blood circulation to occur in there and transform them into pink.
After a few seconds after birth, your baby will fill his or her lungs with air at which point he or she will cry. After delivery, the pressure outside the lungs makes most babies cry right away. However, some babies are a little dazed or slow to breathe, particularly if the labour process was distressing. In this case, the midwife will take your newborn to a special warming station. Here, she will dry your infant, and ensure he’s breathing properly.
After a normal delivery, your baby will be placed on your chest so that you can enjoy skin-to-skin contact. This simple thing serves to help:
- Minimize new-born crying
- Steady your child’s breathing and heart rate
- Kickstart and maintain breastfeeding
- Foster mother-child physical bonding
- Your baby’s body temperature or warmth
A few minutes after birth, your baby may show signs of wanting to feed and typically reach out and suck on the breast. Make the most out of this time and breastfeed your baby before she succumbs to the post-delivery sleep. The first milk you produce is known as colostrums. It appears thick and yellowish, and not pure white. It’s the perfect milk for your new-born. Nursing also helps to release Oxytocin, which promotes the expulsion of the placenta and contraction of the uterus.
Also, make sure you follow a strict diet so that you and your baby will have no health complications. If you do not have the time nor energy, then it is best to consult a confinement food catering Singapore for all your confinement meals. These companies even provide Chinese confinement meals.
Cut the cord
The next step involves clamping and cutting your baby’s umbilical cord. The cord is somewhat tough to cut although it doesn’t involve any sort of pain for you or your new-born. After clamping the cord, either the midwife or your support person can cut the cord if that’s your preference. What’s left behind is a stump that’ll dry up and fall off after several weeks.
Weighing and measuring
After breastfeeding, your medical provider will come in to weigh your new-born and measure the baby’s length plus head circumference.
Your consent will be needed for your baby to have injections after birth. These injections include:
- Vitamin K to help ward off a bleeding disorder due to Vitamin K deficiency.
- Hepatitis B vaccine
An Apgar score is one of the main assessments conducted after birth. It evaluates how well your baby has transitioned to life in the real world from the womb by rating her breathing, heart rate, muscle tone, stimuli response and skin tone. A rating of 0, 1, or 2 is recorded for each of these 5 categories, and the total is called the Apgar score. This score rating is taken at one minute and five minutes after childbirth and sometimes at 10 minutes. A score rating of 7 and above generally means your newborn is doing well.
Armed with the abovementioned information, you should be prepared for life with your newborn after birth.