9 Surprising Things About Becoming a Mum
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You might have an idea of what it’ll be like when you become a mum, but there are also several things that may surprise you! You can never be too prepared, so here are 9 surprising things about becoming a mum to keep in mind.
1. You’ll never feel fully prepared
No matter how much research you do or how many parenting books you read, nothing can fully prepare you for the experience of becoming a mum. It’s a completely unique journey that you’ll have to navigate one day at a time, with your baby as your guide.
2. Recovering from labor may be harder than labor itself
Everyone talks about the pain of childbirth but not enough people talk about the aftermath of recovery your body must endure. From crazy hormones to weight fluctuations and night sweats, your body will work overtime to recover from the year it’s been through! So, don’t forget to give yourself grace and celebrate all that your body is capable of.
3. Breastfeeding may not be easy
Breastfeeding is often touted as the best way to feed your baby, but it’s not always easy. Many new mums struggle with latching issues, low milk supply, or other challenges that can make breastfeeding difficult. It’s important to remember that there are other feeding options available, and it’s crucial to choose what works best for you and your baby.
4. You’ll have a new appreciation for sleep
Sleepless nights are a hallmark of early motherhood, and it can be a shock to the system for many new mums. You may find yourself feeling like a zombie for weeks or even months on end. But as your baby grows and starts sleeping through the night, you’ll have a newfound appreciation for the bliss of a good night’s sleep.
5. Your body may change in unexpected ways
Pregnancy and childbirth can have a profound effect on your body, and you may experience changes that you weren’t expecting. From stretch marks to sagging skin, it’s important to remember that these changes are a natural part of the process, and they don’t define your worth as a person or a mother. Our bodies are so capable of incredible things so we should focus on celebrating and caring for them rather than criticizing them!
6. Diaper changing will become second nature
Whether you’ve spent years around kids or the whole baby thing feels completely new to you, diapers can seem like intimidating territory. But trust me after just a few dirty diapers (and there will be a LOT) you’ll be able to change your baby’s diapers in your sleep!
7. You’ll learn to trust your instincts– but it might take time
As a new mum, you’ll be bombarded with advice from well-meaning friends and family members, as well as the internet. While it’s important to listen to advice and seek out information, ultimately, your motherly instincts should guide you. It may take time to learn to trust yourself, but trust me your gut feeling knows what’s best for you and your baby.
8. Your relationship with your partner may change
Becoming parents is a major life transition, and it can put a strain on even the strongest relationships. You may find that you and your partner have less time for each other, or that you have different approaches to parenting. It’s important to communicate openly and honestly with each other and work together to navigate this new chapter in your lives.
9. You may not feel an instant connection with your baby
While many mothers feel an immediate bond with their newborn, others may not. This is completely normal and can be due to a variety of reasons, such as exhaustion, hormonal changes, or postpartum depression. You just brought a brand new human into the world! So don't worry if you don't feel an instant connection— bonding can take time.
Becoming a mum is a constant journey of surprises! And while there will undoubtedly be unexpected challenges along the way, there is also a lot of joy and fulfillment to be found in motherhood. By staying open-minded and flexible, you’ll be able to embrace the journey and all of the surprises that come with it!