Newborns are known to be one of life’s most precious gifts. Google ‘newborn’ and adorable photos of little yawns and sleeping beauties fill the screen. In real life though, when you’ve got a full-frontal view of a bran new baby, you might be surprised by the weirdness you see. On top of being covered in goo, newborns enter the world with strange traits like shrivelled skin and hairy bodies.
They say all mothers are blinded by love, but when many first-time-mamas meet their bundles of joy, they are left wondering who the strange looking creature is in their arms. When I had my boy, I was a little worried about a couple of traits, but everything was fine and my little weirdo soon grew into the cutest baby in the world (as most babies do).
It turns out many newborn conditions are caused by hormonal effects. When women are pregnant they produce a lot of estrogen (the same hormone which helps their boobs turn into watermelons). In the womb, babies are surrounded by their mother’s hormones which can affect them in strange ways.
If you’re planning to pop out a baby anytime soon, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the following strange, but common realities. Always follow your gut first and if you notice something strange, have a health professional check it out. Most of the time though, you’ll be reassured that everything is a-ok.
Here are 15 Weird Things About Newborns That You Shouldn’t Freak Out About.
15. BABY GIRL HAS HER PERIOD
When you have a daughter, you get to put teaching the joys of menstruating on the back burner for at least 10-15 years. But when you give birth to a little girl, you might be shocked to find her dripping blood out of her girly parts. Luckily, it’s not actually her period showing up a decade too soon. A little blood is harmless and is caused by exposure to hormones in the mother’s womb.
One study showed that out of 350 newborn girls, over 25% had vaginal bleeding on a micro level, and bleeding was noticeably visible is 3.3% of baby girls. For baby girls who were visibly having a “period,” the blood appeared in their first week of life, with a peak on day five.
Seeing blood coming out of your newborn’s vagina is understandably scary, but in most of cases, your little princess will be blood free after a week… until aunty flo visits her later in life.
14. BABY BOY HAS AN STIFFY
Having a baby boy is an exciting time for everyone in the family, including the baby – and he’s aren’t afraid to show it. Jokes aside, boys can have erections as early as day one. But guess what? It’s completely normal.
I have a one year old and I have yet to witness his boy parts go hard, but I can imagine freaking out a little when it happens for the first time (and every time after that). For now, he’s discovered that there is something between his legs to play with in the bathtub.
There’s no real reason why so many infants and toddlers have erections, but when it happens, it’s actually a good sign that their nervous system is working properly. Unless an erection sticks around for a prolonged period, there’s nothing to worry about. At the end of the day, whether your little boy has erections or likes to play with his penis, there really isn’t a cause for concern. In the end, boys will be boys – from the day they are born.