Every expectant mom waits for that precious moment when she’ll get to hold her little one in her arms. And, that does not come easily for sure, isn’t it? After having patiently waited for 9 months, a pregnant woman endures excruciating labor pains and childbirth before she finally gets to see her baby. But, in between all the pandemonium, most of us do not realize that even before she gets to see the baby, a new mom actually hears her baby cry which immediately puts her at ease. It is probably the only time a woman, as well as the medical professionals around her, feel assured that the baby is fine after hearing the first cry.
Your Newborn’s First Cry
Coming back to the first cry of your newborn, have you wondered what it could mean? It’s a given that a baby will cry soon after birth. The reason being that when the newborn cries, it helps his/her lungs to expand and breathe in that first gush of oxygen. Because, throughout the entire gestational period, the baby breathes oxygen provided by the mother through the placenta. Not only that, a forceful cry helps the baby clear any amniotic fluid remnants from his/her nose, mouth, and lungs. Your baby’s cry also helps medical professionals to measure his/her Apgar score to know how well the baby is doing.
So, Why Does A Baby Really Cry At Birth?
You need to remember that your baby has been in a warm, snug, and comparatively darker environment for a long time. In fact, your baby might not even sense its own weight while being afloat in the amniotic fluid. Therefore, it is widely believed that being forced out from this cozy place into a cold, bright, painful and noisy environment disturbs the baby enough to make him/her cry. There is also a theory that points at gravity being the culprit too. Once the baby is born, he/she becomes conscious of his/her own weight This might also take the newborn baby completely by surprise.