Bringing a new life into the world is truly the most miraculous and indescribable feeling. Seeing your baby for the very first time, hearing that very first soft wail, nursing their trusting body for the very first time are all memories that will last a lifetime.
There are, however, some things that you just don’t hear about before entering the magical world of parenthood.
Pour yourself a coffee, relax and let’s have some real talk about what to REALLY expect when you’re expecting:
1. Morning sickness doesn’t happen to everyone. And when it does happen, it certainly doesn’t discriminate to the morning only! Nor does it just disappear after 12 weeks. It’s really inclusive like that!
2. Heartburn/reflux is NEXT level.
3. Sleepless nights don’t just begin when baby is here. Those restless nights in the third trimester and there to prepare you for motherhood, I’m sure of it!
4. The hair on your head will go through some changes, including falling out. Don’t worry, it’ll grow back. You won’t go bald.
5. You will have crazy food cravings… or maybe just an excuse to want to eat pasta and chocolate all day.
6. Baby brain is a REAL thing. You’ll forget things way more than often, but now you’ve got a legit excuse.
7. People will have opinions about everything! Shooosh them, and move along.
8. Random people will want to touch your belly.
9. Your body, while it’s creating life and being amazing, will develop lumps, bumps and HAIR in places that you just won’t expect.
10. Things leak… like, everything!
11. You will Google everything. Best not to
12. You’ll need to leave your dignity at the door because you’ll be poked and prodded by a heap of people who will seemingly explore every part of your anatomy
13. Don’t bother “planning” your birth. More than likely, it won’t go to plan and that’s ok. Go with the flow and enjoy every minute.
14. Be prepared for the day 3 postpartum blues.
15. You’ll learn very quickly that everyone is a parenting expert. Best to just stick to listening to the experts for advice.
16. Despite desperately wanting to become a parent, you will want your old life back. Your own time. Your old self. Your old social life. Peace and quiet. Freedom. Then you’ll feel guilty for feeling that way.
17. You will fight with your partner. And it’s normal. You’ll fight about who’s turn it is to feed/change nappy/cook/put the dummy in. It’ll pass.
18. Sleep ins will be a distant memory.
19. Conversations with… anyway… will only be about the pregnancy, birth, who the baby looks like, if the baby is a “good” baby… you get the idea.
20. You will survive! You’ve got this.
Phew, now that we’ve had the real chat, it’s time to soak up every moment of your current life, being pregnant and enjoying parenthood the best way you can. After all, it’s not something we’re all blessed to have.