They say you learn something new everyday, well I just did. I feel like a first time mom all over again.
- Newborn girls may get their period.
During pregnancy, a surge in maternal estrogen levels can stimulate a female fetus’s uterus. Within the first week of life, it’s not uncommon for baby girls to have a mini period in which the uterus sheds a little blood. It is caused by the withdrawal of the hormones she was exposed to in the womb.
- Girls may have a thick milky discharge after birth,
- Her nipples may leak.
Hormones from the mother may also cause some fluid to leak from the infant’s nipples. This is called witch’s milk. It is common and usually goes away within 2 weeks. Happens to boys, too; just not with my son.
- Swollen breasts.
Not only can they leak, but they can swell and have lumps in them, too. Babies take a lot of hormones from the mom.
All of this was a shock to me even though it shouldn’t have. I’m glad I found out now instead of later.