Oh, the dreaded returning to work after maternity leave. Not that you hate your 9-5 gig because hopefully you don’t! But even moms who love their jobs have a hard time transitioning back into the working world. Many women in the U.S. take advantage of a 12 week maternity leave so they can have uninterrupted time to care for their new baby. This is a wonderful time where you get to learn how the heck to be a mom and what your baby needs from you. Even if you think you have no idea what to do – your maternal instincts will kick in and you will pick up on cues from baby.
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If you are going to be introducing a new baby into your life soon then be prepared to start making way more decisions than you ever have before. Becoming a parent brings great joy but also great responsibility. It is up to you and your partner to decide what is best for your baby. Even before baby comes you will need to start making decisions on your birth plan and what items you will need to prepare for baby’s homecoming. Check out our latest post for some helpful tips on the not-so-obvious things to do before baby arrives. It’s a lot to take in and it all happens so fast (unless you are in your third trimester – then time seems to stand still!) Thankfully, there are SO many resources available for new parents, including us – we are here to help!
So you are about to become first-time parents. Congratulations! It will feel surreal for a while, especially being your first child. Certain milestones will make it so much more real. Like, the moment you get an ultrasound and hear the heart beat for the very first time. Or, when you finally get that baby bump and can’t see your toes anymore. It becomes so real when you feel the baby kick for the first time! You start to wonder the gender and envision their sweet face. Despite the roller coaster of emotions and pregnancy symptoms, it can be such a magical time. Try to enjoy it because, it may sound silly now, but you will miss this time!
You may have thought you were a hungry beast while you were struggling through your bizarre pregnancy cravings but just wait until you are breastfeeding! If you choose to breastfeed, your doctor will likely direct you to consume more calories (about 500 extra). This may seem odd and you might be slightly freaking out if you are dreaming of getting back to your pre-pregnancy body but trust me, your body will need these extra calories!
Entering into the journey of motherhood is one of the most life-changing events in a woman’s life. It’s difficult to know what to really expect as every woman, pregnancy and child is different. My initial perception of motherhood was this glowing and blissful time where I would be enamored with this tiny human I grew, and my life would feel perfect and complete. Most of that was my reality except for the perfect part. I’m going to talk about some of the hard stuff. It’s not to scare you away or bum you out. It’s to set up the expectations to be as close to reality as possible. Similar to getting a new job, you want to know what is expected of you, so you can perform well.
Pregnancy symptoms are different for every woman. I’ve heard women say that they absolutely loved being pregnant and they miss it. I tried to enjoy it, I really did. I had every pregnancy symptom possible to the extreme and it was rough! Of course, it’s worth it all now that I have a beautiful baby boy. I remember Googling “how to stay positive through a rough pregnancy”. I’m a positive person in general and don’t like to complain but I struggled so much mentally and physically as I went through each trimester.