First Baby Cry: All you need to know
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for . it can bring a rush of emotions and excitement to hear your baby’s first cry. But did you know it could be an indication of her health and well-being as well? Let’s look at the meaning of first baby cry.
The Baby First Cry
Your baby should normally cry as soon as she is born. This heartfelt cry wakes up her lungs and helps her to breathe. And the cry of your baby even contributes to her very first test. Apgar is a one-minute and five-minute test given to babies after birth. The test tells you at one minute how well the baby went through the process of birth and at five minutes. It tells you how well she is doing out of the womb of the mother in the world. During the test, the color, breathing effort, heart rate, reflexes, and muscle tone of the baby are observed and scored on a scale of zero to two. So a baby can get a maximum total score of ten. A score between seven and ten is normal at one minute, while a score between four and six means your baby may need some breathing assistance. And a score below four may require life-saving measures. A score below at five minutes may mean the baby needs to be monitored.
Imagine being snug in a warm, dark, comfortable place and then turning into a strange, cold, bright, world suddenly, you might feel like having a good cry too. Researchers theorize that the first cry of your baby could begin with cold, light, pain, and noise. Gravity was also involved because the baby could be pushed out of the relative weightlessness of floating in amniotic fluid in the womb to feel her full weight in the world.
But could there be a deeper physiological reason behind the first cry of your baby as well? Let’s look at what happens when your baby is weeping for the first time and how it can help her breathe. She takes oxygen from the placenta through the umbilical cord before your baby is born, but as soon as she leaves the womb she has to breathe alone. A strong cry is spreading and filling her tiny lungs. It also gets rid of any remaining breathing obstructing amniotic fluid. The process of passing through the birth canal usually squeezes out amniotic fluid from the lungs. But this is the first cry that removes any residue left behind in the lungs, mouth, or nose.
What Does Your Baby’s Cry Mean?
We all know that when a baby cries it could mean that she’s hungry or tired but your baby’s cry can also provide a clue to many other aspects of her well being.