The Fourth Trimester: What Babies Experience – and What They Need – in the First Three Months of Life
When we become parents for the first time, we are plunged into a myriad of new experiences, with all the emotion and uncertainty that accompany such a major life change. But have you ever imagined what it is like for the baby, leaving the cozy, protected environment of the womb and confronting all the new sights, sounds and smells of the outside world? Medical journalist and author Susan Brink has, and, in her new book, The Fourth Trimester, she delved deeply into a wealth of scientific evidence about what babies experience and what they need during those important first months. Whether you’re a new or prospective parent – or you know someone who is – you won’t want to miss this author’s interesting fourth trimester discussion with Marti and Erin in this week’s Mom Enough!
Why are the first three months of a baby’s life referred to as “the fourth trimester?” What new things did you learn in this show about a baby’s development in those early weeks and months? How is that information different from what many people say or think about a young baby’s needs and experiences in the fourth trimester? Leave a comment below!
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