Becoming a mom is a big change for any woman. I’ve been there and done that, and I know what it’s like. It’s a huge change, and it’s hard to know what to expect. I wanted to share with you some of the things I wish I’d known when I was going through the process. It might help you out if you’re thinking of becoming a mom yourself, or you might know someone else who is.
I hope it will be helpful.
Find a support system.
This is huge. It’s so important to have someone who will listen, and not judge you, or try to tell you what to do. I had my husband and my mother as my main support system when I was going through this, and I am so glad I did. They were there for me when I got scared, or worried, or just needed someone to talk to about my feelings.
You will get morning sickness.
If you’re like me, you’ve heard that pregnant women get morning sickness. But I didn’t know how bad it would be until I was actually pregnant. I felt like I was going to throw up all the time. You will be so glad when it goes away, but you have to get through it first. It’s not fun, but it will get better. I promise.
Take your vitamins. They help with the morning sickness, and they’re good for you in general. They’re especially good for you if you’re pregnant, so don’t skip them.
Don’t forget about your partner.
Pregnancy is hard on both of you, but it’s harder on mommy because she has to carry the baby around inside her body for 9 months! There is a lot of physical and emotional changes that go along with it, and it’s not always easy. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself, especially mentally.
Don’t overdo it.
You will want to do everything when you find out you’re pregnant, but don’t. You will be tired and feel like you can’t do anything, but listen to your body. If you’re tired, rest. If you need to take it easy, take it easy. Your body is doing a lot of hard work right now, so be nice to it.
Be prepared for people to ask you questions.
I was lucky in the sense that I’m in a very small town, and most of the people around me are very close-knit. I only had one person ask me if I was pregnant, and she asked because she’d been pregnant before and had a miscarriage. But outside of that, I didn’t have too many people ask me questions about my pregnancy. You might not be so lucky. Some people are nosy, and they will want to know every little detail of your pregnancy.
Don’t worry about what other people think.
Everyone is different, and everyone will give you advice on how to raise your child. You need to do what you think is best for you and your baby. Some people will agree with you, and some won’t. That’s okay. There are lots of different ways to raise a child, and lots of different things that work for each family.
Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, exercise if you can, and get enough rest. It’s important to take care of yourself so that you’re strong enough to take care of your baby when it comes time to deliver it.
This might sound strange, but pregnancy is a lot of fun! When I found out I was pregnant, I was so excited. I felt like a little girl on Christmas morning, and I couldn’t wait to find out the gender. Enjoy the process, and make sure you have fun with it.
Don’t get upset if people say things that hurt your feelings.
Sometimes people say things without thinking about how they might hurt someone else’s feelings. If someone says something that bothers you, don’t let it bother you too much. Remember that everyone is entitled to their opinion, even if it’s an opinion you don’t agree with.
Learn about the process of labor and delivery.
You need to know what to expect when you go into labor so that you can be mentally prepared. It’s a lot easier to go through the process if you know what’s going to happen and when.
Take lots of pictures.
You’ll want to remember this time in your life, and the best way to do that is to take lots of pictures. Make sure you have a camera on hand at all times, so that you can take pictures of everything that happens. You might be surprised at how much goes by so quickly, and how much you’ll want to remember later on.