The Fourth Trimester is rarely discussed with parents, particularly prior to the birth which is a great shame as when parents are given time to prepare and have realistic expectations the transition into parenthood is a lot less stressful.
The fourth trimester is a term used to describe the first 3-4 months of a baby’s life, it’s not a medical term and not commonly used in western cultures, yet babies in the UK and other westernised countries seem to have the greatest difficulty adjusting to life.
For some babies the transition from womb to world can be quite distressing, all they have ever known is the safety and confinement of the womb where the temperature was constant, there was no hunger or thirst, no smell, no bright lights and any noises were muffled.
Quite often, one of the reasons we get so frustrated or feel helpless as new parents is due to our expectations. We are led to believe, by so called ‘baby experts’, that we have to train babies to fit a schedule.