top of page

The fourth trimester – what does it mean?

A pregnancy is divided into three trimesters, each with its own challenges and changes. But what happens after the baby has finally arrived? Welcome to the fourth trimester – a period that doesn't receive as much attention but is just as crucial as the three preceding ones. Keep reading to learn more about the fourth trimester and download the LEIA Health app for valuable support during this delicate initial period.

The fourth trimester, which takes place during the first months after childbirth, is a time of adjustment and transition. Here, we've outlined a few things to know about this period:

1. Babies adjust to life outside the womb. For your newborn, transitioning from the womb to the outside world is nothing short of a revolution. In the womb, it was warm, dark, and quiet. Now they're exposed to cold, light, and noise. This can understandably be overwhelming for your baby, and they need time to acclimate to the new environment.

2. Your body continues to recover. Even though your baby is born, it doesn't mean your body immediately returns to its pre-pregnancy state. After nine months of pregnancy and childbirth, your body needs time to heal and recuperate. Give yourself space for this, and don't hesitate to seek support from family and friends.

3. Breastfeeding and pelvic floor exercises. If you're breastfeeding, this is a good time to establish a breastfeeding routine. Pelvic floor exercises can also be beneficial for strengthening the muscles affected during pregnancy and childbirth. Feel free to try our feeding log and kegel exercise program in the LEIA Health app.

4. Sleep deprivation. The first few months with a newborn can be challenging in terms of sleep. Your baby will need to feed frequently, which can affect your own sleep. Try to rest during the day when your baby sleeps.

5. Ask for help and support. The fourth trimester is a time when you might feel overwhelmed or uncertain about parenthood. Don't hesitate to ask for help and support.

I wish your app existed as a tool when I gave birth to my first child. It would have made SUCH a big difference!"

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page