The 4th trimester as a new mum

So you forgot? Hopefully no one’s even noticed...

It’s the first day that you’ve ventured outside of the house with the baby, and you’ve brought with you everything you could remember, and the kitchen sink too. You just never know what you might need. Besides, all you need to do is survive for an hour max, and this will all have been a massive achievement. Considering it’s taken you three hours to bundle the baby, yourself, and said kitchen sink and accompanying 20 nappies out of the house and into the car, the fact that you’re here, sat at a coffee shop, savouring a decaf, non-dairy DOUBLE latte, really is quite something. Well done mumma, you're acing this whole 4th trimester thing!

Once you get to it, you’ll realise that public feeding isn’t so bad either. The baby doesn’t care for that muslin cloth you keep wrapped around you both for modesty, and keeps swatting it away, exposing you and doing away with your every last shred of dignity. It couldn’t possibly get worse. Or so you thought...

On the way back to the car, when all the strangers are staring at you, remember that it’s the stinking cute newborn they’re enamoured with. No one can resist them. Don’t develop a complex about it and start wondering why everyone is staring, or if there’s something the matter with you. So what if you forgot to tuck the boob away after that brave first public feed?! I’m pretty sure no one’s even noticed.

You got out of the house, and you weren’t in your pyjamas! Now that’s one massive win; and so here we go, one day at a time, steady does it. Before you know it the 4th trimester will have whizzed by and you'll have got the hang of this parenting thing, including remembering essentials like tucking things in!

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