N- Newborn’s Appearance

Firstly, Sorry I have not written for a few days, had a really busy weekend, doing some exciting stuff.

I am up to the letter N- Newborns, and how they look when they first come out.

When a baby first enters this world, they can have a slightly shocking appearence, that some people are not expecting. They do not come out with that lovely look that all TV babies have… clean… plump… attractive… 3 months old!

They are often covered in a creamy stuff (vernix), some blood, and very slippery. These are the first thing you will notice (And possibly gasp at!).

The journey down the birth canal and into our world is a bit of a bumpy ride. They may have some ‘Stalk marks’ on their foreheads if you had a forceps delivery or even some bruising. It is important to remember though, that it is just temporary.

He may have scrathes on his body from his fingernails (they can grow quite long in there!). Their head also gets a bit misshapen on its journey out. Babies are often born with a ‘cone head’.Their heads can appear pointed, flattened or even swollen. This is perfectly normal and is infact what is meant to happen, as the bones in the skull overlap to make delivery easier. A misshapen head is also more prominent in babies born by ventouse or forceps.

Until baby takes a good lungfull of oxygen, they can appear quite blue, especially the hands and feet. Or they can be very red faced from the pressure of delivery. Its hard work being born and im sure we would not look so hot, if we had to do it now!

Their genitals and breasts may also be quite swollen. This is just from the surge of hormones swimming around your body. and the swelling will go down very soon. Little girls can also have a small period, so if you notice a small amount of blood in their nappy try not to panic. If you have any worried though, it is best to go to your doctor or midwife.

All these things will soon vanish over a few days post delivery, so try not to worry about it.

Here is my Willow straight after birth. Note her cone head, vernix, blue hands and feet, she was also yellowish with jaundice for a few weeks, had baby spots on her face, a scratch on top of her head, and a birthmark on her bum (the only thing left out of the list!). But, She was soon looking how I had spent months imagining… good enough to be a model!

ps- I have hidden Willow’s dignity, because when she is 18, she will use the picture to blackmail me otherwise.newborn appearance





Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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