Vernix, Vernix, We 💖 You!
Have you ever come across a raw image of a newborn baby and found yourself recoiling at the creamy 'goo' coating her/him?! Please please recoil no more! Let me explain why that divine substance, also known as Vernix is one of the most awe inspiring creations of nature. Once you've read this you'll know that keeping baby coated in Vernix is one of the most important parts of any birth plan.
It a Kickass Bodyguard 💪🏼- Along with the mucus plug and amniotic sac, Vernix forms part of a bacteria fighting trio. It's thick waterproof consistency protects your baby inside the womb, on the journey through the birth canal (which can expose newborns to a number of bacteria, viruses and fungi) and continues its protection once baby emerges earthside. 💡
It is natures most effective moisturiser 😍 - and we humans are the only animal on the planet who can benefit from it (it's completely unique to us). Rubbing Vernix into your newborns skin rather than wiping all that incredible goodness off is so beneficial. It has moisture locking qualities which have kept baby's skin protected from amniotic fluid during pregnancy. 💡
It acts as lubrication! 💦 - and let's face it, when birthing a baby, lube is exactly what we want! It's slick consistency assists in allowing baby to move through the birth canal. It can also reduce the risk of vaginal trauma (meaning reduction in need for stitches - Yey! 👍🏼) 💡
It helps to keep baby toasty - Vernix acts as a natural insulator. It provides a thick, waterproof coating of waxy warmth which can ease the transition from womb to world 🌍. ✨
So next time you see a beautiful Vernix coated baby, please tag me and we can 😍😍 together!