There are many unique experiences that come with motherhood. In order to raise a child, you must devote your full attention to it.
No matter how many parenting forums, books, and articles you read, you cannot fully prepare yourself for parenting. But still, it is important for pregnant women and new mothers to know some common things.
Understanding the following facts can help you embrace all the changes that motherhood brings to your life confidently.
1. A few months can be challenging
Seeing your precious little baby for the first time and realizing – this is my child – is an experience you can never be prepared for. Then, as a parent, you’re back home with this tiny little person who now dominates every aspect of your life.
When you hear or see even the slightest movement, you are on high alert. Even when all is quiet, you still check your breathing. Emotions can overwhelm you in both positive and negative ways.
In the beginning, it’s normal to experience such “abnormal feelings.” This might make the ride a bit more enjoyable for you.
2. Carefully choose your health care provider
During pregnancy, mothers need to be aware of possible complications that may arise during delivery. It is possible for normal cases to develop into C-sections, and in some rare cases, the lives of infants are at risk as well.
A doctor or nurse’s negligence can also cause serious birth injuries that can lead to permanent disabilities such as Erb’s or cerebral palsy. Legal action can be taken against a hospital for medical malpractice for Erb’s palsy if a severe birth injury occurs.
3. Sleepless nights
After becoming a mother, you probably realize how important a peaceful night’s sleep is. Sleeping comfortably isn’t possible when you’re a mother – and that’s a fact no one can deny.
It is hard to sleep uninterrupted when you breastfeed, or bottle feed your child and change their diapers. Your entire sleep pattern might change forever – you might start sleeping whenever you can instead of being a “night owl.”
When you are a new mother, it is especially useful to try and sleep while your child is sleeping.
Most of the time (let’s say all the time), your child will be hungry. Just after nursing and burping your baby for the umpteenth time, you put him down to shower, and before you know it, it’s time for another feeding!
Keep calm while breastfeeding. You can read, browse or connect using books, a mobile phone, or a tablet. Sit on the couch or comfortable chair in the living room if there is privacy. It will keep you sane, entertained, and happy.
Furthermore, your baby will feel comfortable feeding in different positions. Every time you feed, feed from both sides. It will make you feel lighter.
5. Shop wisely
It is common for mothers to think they’re going to need tons of stuff before the baby arrives and when preparing the nursery. But many of those cute little outfits will only be worn once or twice before they’re too small since the baby will grow so fast.
Further, you may find your baby is more interested in some random household item than all your fancy and expensive toys. Make sure you choose wisely when buying items for your little angels. Invest in a stroller or car seat that will serve your baby’s long-term needs.
6. Be prepared for the hidden costs
As a parent, you will also uncover a lot of hidden costs that you didn’t anticipate. Taking care of a baby will require a lot of diapers. The use of disposables is highly recommended over cloth but is obviously more expensive.
When you return to work, you will have to find babysitting or daycare. A child’s expenses increase as he or she grows, and these can be a surprise at times.
7. Postpartum Depression
After childbirth, some mothers experience postpartum depression (PDD). Its symptoms are combined with depressed mood, loss of interest in activities, and many other physical and emotional stressors that become overwhelming.
If you are suffering from PDD, discuss it with your doctor, as they may recommend psychotherapy or medication.
8. Working from home may become complicated
Let’s just accept the fact that children can never be old enough to require your undivided attention. Working moms, especially those who work from home, can feel guilty about not paying attention to their children.
In this case, hiring childcare help can benefit them greatly.
9. Enjoy taking photos
Make sure you capture every precious moment with your child. It is a good idea to take plenty of pictures and videos. The moments of becoming a mother and experiencing the joy of having a baby can never be recreated or relived.
10. Going out will not be easy
Mentally preparing yourself to give up your social life is one of the things you should do before becoming a mother.
Having children prevents you from grabbing your keys and going to the store quickly. It’s essential to pack your baby bag with all the things you might need while traveling with a baby, such as wipes, diapers, bottles, etc.
Having a child is one of the greatest blessings a person can receive. One of the most precious moments of your life will be spending time with your little angel.
Despite the difficulties and challenges associated with parenthood, it must be said that becoming a mother, loving, and raising a child are by far the most rewarding experiences one can have.