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What a Newborn Really Looks Like

Apparently the movies gave me unrealistic expectations...

In the movies, when a baby is born, they are pink and plump and have perfectly round (perfectly coifed) heads.  There’s never a whole lot of mess and the babies are always ready for their close-up pretty much immediately.

Well, most people know that in real-life that’s not the case.  But, despite this general knowledge, you still might not be sure exactly what to expect if this is your first time around the baby block (my hand is raised), but thanks to the Mayo Clinic, you can now get a better idea of what to expect from your newborn in the looks department so it’s not a total surprise on delivery day.

Read more after the jump!

The Mayo Clinic has put together a handy dandy slideshow for us first-timers so we can see just what a newborn really looks like.  I definitely recommend checking out their slideshow, but I’ll give you a brief run-down here in non-medical terms.

Things to expect:

1. Puffy, swollen eyelids

2. Bowed/bent legs and feet

3. A squashed head that rather resembles a cone (unless you had a c-section)

4. Yellowish green stump of an umbilical cord

5. Flaky skin and/or tiny white pimple-like bumps

6. Swollen genetalia

7. Reddish birth marks

8. Soft spots

Obviously there could be other surprises, but these are a few.  I for one had never heard about the swollen genitalia, so that’s definitely good to know so I don’t freak out about it.

For those of you mamas who have already had a baby before…

What were some surprises for you about what your newborn looked like?

Main photo via {Mayo Clinic}

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