- by Dr Jameela Khalid
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- May 26 2017
Birth of 2nd child, what will change for you!
The love and the happiness that you felt on the arrival of your first baby are invaluable, and now that you are awaiting the arrival of the second one. Getting prepared for the second one can be special and fruitful as the 1st time.
But you will have some unusual things to think of as you await your 2nd child, even though you have been through childbirth and pregnancy prior. Being informed of the changes to come — and helping your older child believe what to expect — is the best way to prepare for this happy event.
What will change?
At first it can be a bit devastating to handle two children after having a second baby. Though it might be a little challenging, but getting systematic prior to the second delivery is your best venture.
You will be much more occupied than before and your methodical time table may be extended to the limit. Caring for your older child while you are carrying might be quite tiring, even before the arrival of the new baby.
Expect the first couple of months to be extremely challenging. While handling your older child's needs, you will also be trying to feed and put your new born to sleep.
A positive transformation that comes with the second baby is greater confidence in your own experience, potential and knowledge. The things that seemed so tedious and hard with your first baby — handling illness, changing diapers, breastfeeding — will seem like pattern now instead of a crisis.
How will it affect me?
You will be affected in many ways when you bring your new little one home- some emotionally and some physically
When you bring the new baby home, you will be influenced with changes some emotionally and physically
If you had a C-section or a difficult delivery, you are likely to be sore physically and tired. If you have decided to breastfeed than the late night feeding time becomes really tough.
After delivery you can get help from (after delivery doula) a woman trained to take care of the baby and the mother for a few weeks or a baby nurse (care expert for a new born) during the daytime, which gives you time to sleep and rest.
Emotionally, don't be astonished if you feel worried about bonding with your new born. You might worry about if you will have just as much love for your new born baby you do for your older one. On the arrival of the new bay as dad’s and moms you will study that a parent's love by any means grows when another child is born.
Are you feeling a little low? The "baby blues" can be frightful, but you don't have to go it alone. Talk to your doctor if you are feeling depressed.
It is necessary to differentiate between baby blues which lasts for a few weeks and passes off and after delivery depression which is a very grave disorder, and can lead to sleeping disorders or mood problems if not treated. Get help from your doctor immediately if you feel very anxious or depressed or having thoughts about injuring your baby or yourself.
You can expect to have little or no time for yourself during the first few months following delivery. For a few months after delivery you can expect to have minimal or no time for yourself. Try and make some time for yourself as a priority as you might be immensely occupied with the day to day tensions and sleepless nights.
Once things settle down be sure to make some time for your partner so that you both can have a date once a while and spend time together as you will notice you hardly spend time with each other.
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