What's Happening with Your Baby
Have you noticed that your baby startles after she hears a loud noise? It can be alarming, but it's completely normal. This startling is due to the Moro reflex, a primitive reflex that is present at birth. You may also have seen other reflexes, such as the rooting reflex, where your baby will turn when her cheek is stroked (as if ready to nurse) and the walking reflex, where she will seem to take steps if held upright on a flat surface. Most reflexes disappear on their own within your baby's first few months of life.
Taking Care of Yourself
If you haven't been outside since your baby was born, a short stroll around the neighborhood might be just what you need. Taking a short walk is especially nice in pleasant weather. But, even if the rain is falling or snow is lying on the ground, a change of scenery, a bit of exercise and a moment to yourself will improve your mood. Just throw on a comfy pair of shorts or sweats that are a few sizes larger than your prepregnancy figure. Don't despair. It will take a while longer for you to fit into your prepregnancy jeans, depending on how much weight you gained during your pregnancy. If you maintain a sensible diet and exercise regularly, there's a good chance that you will be back to your prepregnancy weight before long. Don't put yourself on a strict weight-loss diet, especially if you are nursing. Eating a good variety of healthy foods along with exercising will allow you to maintain a slow, steady weight loss with no loss of energy.