Mercy Pediatrician Dr. Ashanti Woods Discusses “The 4th Trimester” on THE WOMAN’S DOCTOR
Most pregnant women can’t wait to get to the third trimester it means baby is almost here. But what about the fourth trimester? It’s one you don’t hear much about.
The so-called fourth trimester starts when your baby is born and lasts for about six to 12 weeks. It’s a vital time for moms to recover both physically and emotionally. This includes body changes, adapting to breastfeeding and getting used to life caring for a baby.
According to board certified pediatrician Dr. Ashanti Woods of Mercy Medical Center, up to 80 percent of moms experience postpartum depression, so it’s good to plan ahead.
"Moms should remember self-care is not selfish, so moms need to take care of themselves and again a happy mom is going to lead to a healthy baby," Dr. Woods said.
Some suggestions for new moms are to stock up on supplies for yourself, look for a therapist, find lactation support, say yes when people offer to help and get as much sleep as you can.
View Mercy pediatrician Dr. Ashanti Woods’ interview regarding the 4th trimester.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.