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When you have a baby, you may feel like you should take all of your focus and aim it at your new baby. After all, your newborn is entirely dependent on you for food, comfort, shelter, and so much more. But putting all your focus on baby and not paying attention to your own health and wellness would be a mistake.Having a baby doesn’t turn you into a magical superhero without needs.

Some parents find that once they have a kid, they cry at every sappy commercial, while others have a stronger aversion to violence or find themselves dealing with more anxiety. We asked the HuffPost Parents community what emotional changes they went through after having a baby, and we got so many interesting and varied response. Benefits of emotional health during pregnancy. When you are pregnant, your baby is exposed to everything you experience.

This includes the sounds in the environment, the air you breathe, the food you eat and the emotions you feel. When you feel happy and calm, it allows your baby to develop in a happy, calm environment. The physical and emotional changes during pregnancy can also be linked. After the fetus is born, the mother’s hormones will return to normal levels. This can occur quickly and the mother may feel the changes of the reducing hormone levels by experiencing emotional distress.

This distress can lead to post partum depression in some women. To ease some of that new baby stress, having a parenting checklist in place well before the baby comes will help make the most of your baby’s first year. Develop a budget, pay off debt, and set aside 3 to 6 months of expenses, if possible, so you have a financial cushion.

Talk with your employer about if and when you will return to work. Scent recognition: Your baby can definitely recognize a caregiver’s primary scent. While this skill was present at birth, your baby has it down to a science now. Texture preference: By 3 months, your little one will have preferences, and even strong responses, to touches and.

12 Serious Things To Consider Before Having A Baby. There are several things that need serious self-reflection before a couple plans to have a baby. Let us look at some of these considerations. Reasons for having a baby: The only valid reason for having a baby is the emotional readiness of both the partners. You and your partner must understand.

Once your baby arrives, your postpartum visit is a great time to focus on your health going forward, especially since so much has changed so quickly. Finally, scheduling yearly check-ins with your doc can help you stay in tip-top shape and take advantage of the many physical benefits of having kids. Read on to find out what they are.

During pregnancy, hormones rise and fall, affecting your physical and emotional state. After delivery, you might still feel emotional, irritable, sensitive the list goes on and on. While some new parents talk about the joys of parenting, you may feel like you’ve got a case of the baby blues. 2. Routines influence infants and toddlers’ social, emotional, and cognitive development.

Infants and toddlers who have effective routines are often more engaged with their environment and the people around them. Young children learn to anticipate changes in routines, and they slowly become more independent as they learn what each routine entails.

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As normal – and healthy – as it is to be wrapped up in the pregnancy and your expected extra-special delivery, it’s also important to reserve some emotional energy for the relationship that created that bundle of joy in the first place.

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from What to Expect When You’re Expecting 4th Edition
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

A woman who is nurtured by her partner during pregnancy tends to have fewer emotional and physical symptoms, reduced stress during the pregnancy, fewer labour and childbirth complications, optimal fetal growth, and an easier postpartum adjustment (Lederman & Weis, 2009).

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from Maternal Child Nursing Care in Canada E-Book
by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2016

On the emotional side, there is the challenge of throwing one’s whole heart into the care of a special child while still having emotional energy and time for one’s other children, one’s partner, and oneself.

“Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition” by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
from Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition
by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
Pocket Books, 2011

But, along with the amazing experiences of pregnancy and new motherhood, the emotional and physical changes you may go through can be taxing or even downright overwhelming at times.

“The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook: Practical Skills to Help You Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Panic Attacks, Obsessions, and Compulsions” by Kevin Gyoerkoe, Pamela Wiegartz, Laura Miller
from The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook: Practical Skills to Help You Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Panic Attacks, Obsessions, and Compulsions
by Kevin Gyoerkoe, Pamela Wiegartz, Laura Miller
New Harbinger Publications, 2009

In addition to all of this there is the whole emotional and physical adjustment to life with a new baby – feeding the baby, bonding, lack of sleep, fatigue and so forth.

“Pregnancy and Childbirth E-Book: A holistic approach to massage and bodywork” by Suzanne Yates
from Pregnancy and Childbirth E-Book: A holistic approach to massage and bodywork
by Suzanne Yates
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

Later in the pregnancy, men can experience a fervent desire for father–child intimacy and a nagging anxiety that they may not measure up to their own expectations, as well as fears about finances, relationships, and the health and safety of their partners and babies.

“Midwifery: Preparation for Practice” by Sally Pairman, Sally K. Tracy, Carol Thorogood, Jan Pincombe
from Midwifery: Preparation for Practice
by Sally Pairman, Sally K. Tracy, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

For the bulk of women, even when they are consciously thrilled to be pregnant (as Maggie was), regression, conflict, anxiety, transient depression, emotional lability, and ambivalence are inevitable—and profoundly adaptive, as they prepare the mother in a variety of ways for the enormous task before her.

“Handbook of Infant Mental Health, Fourth Edition” by Charles H. Zeanah
from Handbook of Infant Mental Health, Fourth Edition
by Charles H. Zeanah
Guilford Publications, 2018

Ideally, your partner will provide some of this support, but he might not fully comprehend the range of your emotions, nor appreciate how you could feel anything but overjoyed by your baby.

“Natural Health After Birth: The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness” by Aviva Jill Romm
from Natural Health After Birth: The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness
by Aviva Jill Romm
Inner Traditions/Bear, 2002

Therefore, while many women and their partners experience pregnancy and childbirth as a joyous, exciting and life-affirming event, the transition to parenthood is an emotionally charged time, bringing common anxieties, a certain degree of loss and periods of self-doubt.

“Myles' Textbook for Midwives E-Book” by Jayne E. Marshall, Maureen D. Raynor
from Myles’ Textbook for Midwives E-Book
by Jayne E. Marshall, Maureen D. Raynor
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2020

Hormonal changes, she says, both during pregnancy and following childbirth seem to play a great part in the emotional “ups and downs” and the postpartum depression.

“A Clinical Guide to the Treatment of the Human Stress Response” by George S. Everly Jr.
from A Clinical Guide to the Treatment of the Human Stress Response
by George S. Everly Jr.
Springer US, 2012

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  • Am I the only one thinking that the reason gestures are an indicator of later language development is because gestures are language? I struggle to imagine not talking and communicating to my children at any point of their lives. I talked to them from conception, the talked to me from the moment I held them. Newborn babies talk with their cries and body tension. Babies have a different cry for each different need. I need a nappy change sounds very different from I’m hungry or I have wind pain for example. By one month all three of my children spoke with cries, smiles, body tension and expressions but the one that blew me away was the way they spoke with their eyes. Look into their eyes and I knew exactly what they were saying. Admittedly mine were early communicators, late movers and it doesn’t get much better than that, almost no need for a tantrum at all but there was a couple. If you’re not communication with your baby you are missing something wonderful. Just stop doing, sit with your baby, tune in and pay attention. Unless your baby has a condition like autism for example, your baby will be communicating with you. FYI dogs have a different bark not only for each need but how far away and position of a stranger near their home and more. Pay attention people or you’re missing out.

  • Oh nice video!
    Do you have a video about teen emotional development or about sexuality? If not, could you make a video about this topics?
    <3

  • Hey Bridget more likely then not you won’t remember be but we actually met in the Philippines many moons ago! My family were missionaries there and we met you and the team you came with!

    I’m married now and pregnant with my first little baby! I’ve been watching your videos for a few weeks now and just wanted to reach out and say hey! And keep the videos coming they are my favorite out of all the videos I’ve tried watching! Your info is clear, helpful and encouraging.

  • U can sopoil a child but if u don’t make them work for what they got they will be useless later in life look at one of my cousins sopoiled rotten off someone else’s dime I’ve worked since I could walk they had no mercy on me my whole life as soon as I walked I started hustling I remember being young picking up nails on job sites for a pen a nail Penny’s turn to dimes dimes to quarters quarters to dollars old wise men that r a holes but I love them a holes

  • Would you recommend having vegetable/fruit smoothies? And do you have any recipes if so �� Thank you for all your videos they have helped me from being anxious and unsure about my upcoming birth to confident and relaxed��

  • These videos have helped me feel so much better about birthing my baby(due early January) and thank you for providing all this great useful information

  • Please God �� we will get pregnant after years of trying, I’m 44 now and just feel we have missed our chance, I emplore thee almighty God to bless us ❤️����

  • Excellent video clear in saying mental health, physical health starts with life. The health promotion and disease and impairment prevention clock starts with time of birth! Great learning…many thanks! 😉

  • Ah this video is so cute but it brings me back to the memories of me being matured despite being a baby. I was 4, but I remembered that my parents was divorcing and that my father asked me who I wanted to follow and I said “you” because I didn’t want to leave him alone though I wanted everyone to be together.

  • I was eating very clean before I got pregnant and since the middle of my 2nd trimester when I started having intense food cravings, I’ve been eating whatever I want. I’m nervous about cleaning it up, and my due date is in 3 weeks so I really need support in this area!

  • Hi Bridget, I wanted to thank you for all your great videos! I’ve been watching you for many months already, preparing for my birth and postpartum 😉 I’m 39+3 right now, You’ve helped me a lot with a big knowledge, it’s really nice to hear your advices, they did help to calm me down 😉 looking forward to your next videos, you are amazing!

  • I’ve been practicing yoga for several years and have been worried about how it would change during pregnancy. I love all of your prenatal sequences as they strike a perfect balance for me between still getting the asana I crave while also making the small adjustments needed for my body during this time. Thank you so much.

  • Is anyone doing a study on insecure attachment (disorder) if there is such a thing. What do you do with a child/teen who had these issues in infancy and now is showing destructive behaviour. How do you heal/help the damage?

  • Great video, as a father I can remember precise moments where I remember seeing my son’s development through the stages as he was growing. Very useful, as being a parent is stressful and people can at least understand a little better why children behave the way they do at different ages

  • Its difficult for me because I’m missing most of my life up until 18 months when I was with my birth parents. I only know half of what happened so I don’t know how this could have affected my development

  • By 36 months the process of destruction of curosity and creativity of a child will begin by the school system, and it will find itself in a 16 year long confinement and possible late night homework sessions depending upon certain factors.

  • So… A 30 billion pound research budget for oneorganisation…yet money invested in actual implication across a whole nation is 900 million? Interesting…

    Would there be a way to find out who was funding these research projects?

  • What about the stage at 18 years of age where you realize your mother is narcissistic and is the cause of your depression, which is when you begin to learn to trust people and process your emotions properly?

  • I read that citrusy foods can cause gas for the baby when breastfeeding. And was told to avoid gassy foods like beans because of the cesarean. So, I’m a bit confuse

  • Does is matter what kind of bone broth? Beef or chicken? Sorry I’m literally going to have my first baby in a couple of weeks so just getting my ducks in a row.

  • And zen they grow up liing guys even if they were because he thinks its pretty non out of the norm. If the world was like this, not putting things in boxes, then maybe we wouldnt grow up with hating or liking something. No villain to be said or no bad thing to be done. I’ve become someone who like thinks about life and like stuff.