Pain when pregnant, baby aches… Parenthood brings its share of questions. We answer the most frequent questions asked by parents with May‘s team.
Pregnancy and baby: answers to the questions we ask the most
Pain when pregnant, baby aches… During pregnancy and the first years of a child’s life, we have a ton of questions. To answer the most important ones, we met the May team. This application accompanies parents from pregnancy to the child’s third birthday, a bit like having an army of professionals, midwife, pediatrician, specialist … in your pocket, always available and good advice. For Charlie Crane, the app entrusts us with the answers to the questions most asked by their community.
Emmanuelle Rigeade, nurse referent of the May team, answers the 3 questions most asked by parents about the app.
Why does my baby cry as soon as I put him down?
Your baby has just spent nine months in his mother’s womb, where he was cradled and massaged by the movements of the amniotic fluid… He still needs reassuring cues around him (the sound of your voice, the noise of your heart, the warmth of your chest…) and to feel “contained” and close to you. So it’s not unusual for him to cry when you put him down for the first few weeks. Don’t hesitate to keep him close to you (carrying him is a great way to keep your hands free), or to put a hand on him when he is lying down.
My child hits / bites at daycare?
This is a common behavior of small children, and has no aggressive value, I reassure you! He doesn’t do this with the intention of hurting: it is probably a pulsion act, which can be linked to an emotion of frustration (if another child took his toy for example), or with an attempt to make contact a little awkward. He may even be expressing a lot of affection by biting! Calmly explain that this behavior is not allowed, and accompany him to console the child he has bitten or hit.
My child still has a cold, what should I do?
There are countless forms of cold viruses, so you are likely to get them very often! The most important thing is to wash your child’s nose with saline solution several times a day and especially before meals and bedtime: this will make it easier for him to eat and sleep. Moreover, if the cold prevents him from eating, do not hesitate to offer him more frequent meals, but less copious. Also, make sure your child gets enough fluids and that the room is moist and airy to help moisten his secretions. One last thing: remember to monitor his temperature and his general condition, especially if he is not bothered to breathe.
Léa Kourganoff, midwife referent of the May team answers the 3 most asked questions of pregnant women on the app.
I no longer feel the symptoms of early pregnancy, should I be concerned?
The absence of pregnancy symptoms or their disappearance during the first trimester should not worry you 🙂 It’s probably because your hormone secretion has decreased a bit, and is finally giving you some relief!
What should alert you: if you feel cramps in the lower abdomen, accompanied by bleeding. Otherwise, there is a good chance that your pregnancy is going smoothly 😉 Take advantage of this relief!
If you are still worried, nothing will reassure you better than a visit to your practitioner to check that everything is fine. 🙂
I sometimes feel contractions, which are not painful. Is this normal?
Does your uterus get all hard for about a minute and then relax? It may be a Braxton-Hicks contraction (named after the doctor who first described them!). During pregnancy, it’s common to experience them from time to time: the high standard is usually 10-15 per day. If they become more frequent, or are accompanied by a “period pain”, it is important to consult a doctor to check the situation.
I feel tightness on the sides of my lower abdomen, is this normal?
It strongly resembles ligament pain! It is common to feel it, rest assured. As the fetus grows, the uterus pushes and pulls on its ligaments and those of the neighboring organs, like big rubber bands!
As long as it remains a discomfort or an inconvenience, nothing to worry about, on the contrary: it’s that your little one is developing! You can try to relieve them with heat (hot water bottle, bath, shower) and rest 🙂
Of course, if you are concerned that you are experiencing severe, ongoing or increasing pain, it may be a good idea to consult to make sure that everything is okay!
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Thanks to Cecilia and the May team for their time.
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