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How your baby's growing
He's no dance pro yet, but your little one's movements are getting a bit more coordinated. You'll notice that the jerky arm and leg movements of his newborn days have given way to smoother, more circular motions.
Give your baby enough space to stretch and move his arms and legs. Lay a blanket on the floor and let him move as he pleases. These movements can help your baby strengthen and tone his developing muscles. On his tummy, he'll start to push off with his legs – the first step in getting ready to crawl.
- Learn more fascinating facts about your 2-month-old's development.
Your life: Don't forget birth control!
Quick: If you're breastfeeding, can you get pregnant? What if you haven't had a period since giving birth?
The answers are yes and yes. Contrary to folk wisdom, breastfeeding itself isn't a contraceptive. And you'll begin to ovulate before you have a period, so you won't have any warning when your fertility has returned. That's why you need to use contraception as soon as you start having sex again – unless you wouldn't mind giving your newborn a sibling who's very close in age.
Your healthcare provider can help you understand all your options, but here are some considerations:
What contraception did you use before you got pregnant?
You can't necessarily pick up where you left off. If you used a diaphragm, you'll need to get fitted again because you may need a different size after giving birth.
If you were on a hormonal form of birth control (the Pill, patch, or ring) before becoming pregnant and are now breastfeeding, you may need a different formulation, such as the progesterone-only minipill.
Do you want to try something new?
If you don't want to get pregnant again for several years, consider getting an IUD (intrauterine device) or birth control implant.
Have you considered using condoms?
Condoms can be a good choice for new moms because they don't affect breast milk – and they can be easier to remember than a once-a-day pill. Plus, condoms make contraception your partner's responsibility, too.
Learn about: Calling your baby's doctor
When should I call my baby's doctor?
You should feel comfortable calling the doctor's office anytime a gut feeling tells you to, day or night. Symptoms worth reporting in a young baby include worrisome changes in temperament, changes in appetite or an inability to keep food down, fever, abnormally loose bowel movements, a dramatic drop in the number of wet diapers, a persistent rash, eye or ear drainage, and prolonged, unusual crying. Any of these could signal a serious illness, depending on their severity, duration, and accompanying symptoms. Always get immediate medical attention if your baby has trouble breathing or is having seizures.
Should I call the doctor about a fever?
Because fever is more serious in babies under 3 months, call the doctor immediately if your baby has a temperature of 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C) or higher.
Readings can vary depending on how you take your baby’s temperature (rectally, by ear, in the armpit, or on the forehead), so tell your doctor the method you used. Also, make sure to let your doctor know if your baby had any fever-reducing medicine.
What information should I be prepared to give?
When you call the doctor, stay calm and provide as thorough a description of the symptoms as you can. Explain when they began, how long they've lasted, and whether anything unusual has been taking place (such as teething or travel). Let the doctor know whether your baby has been around anyone sick recently. Take your baby's temperature before you call. Also mention whether your baby is on any medications, and remind the nurse or doctor you speak with if your baby has a medical condition. Because medical staffers see lots of children every day, they may not remember your individual child's history right off the bat.
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