Everything I learned about pregnancy before having a baby I learned from television and movies so that means I really didn’t know much and it was almost all wrong. No matter how much advice your mother might give you or how she might try to warn you of the perils of pregnancy, one of the biggest things I’ve learned was that everyone is different. That means every pregnancy is different and not just a little but a great deal.
Things I wish I Knew Before Having a Baby
1. The Pregnancy
- You don’t vomit just once at the beginning of the pregnancy as a way to tell you you’re pregnant. The term morning sickness is completely deceiving. Some woman will be sick all the time. Some won’t. It is different for everyone.
- The water doesn’t always break first.
- You don’t rush to the hospital at the first sign of labor and then give birth immediately.
2. The Birth
- The labor is scary and painful. Enough said.
3. Baby comes home
- Babies are expensive. Don’t buy too many stuff for them. A 5-6 two-piece outfits for the first 6 months, and the same amount of two-piece outfits for the next six-months is more than enough.
- Babies require constant supervision. Any spare time you think you have is now eaten up by your little bundle of joy.
- Breastfeeding can be tough for a first-time mom. It can hurt as hell. Stay strong.
- You will be tired all the time. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- The methods that work for your friends may not work for you.
- Everyone around you is going to have an opinion on how to do things. Listen to your gut.
Even though most of my observations about period before having a baby are negative, there is nothing more enjoyable than holding your child. When we all think that we can’t do it and we’re so sleep deprived that we’re sure we can fall asleep standing up, we can’t wait for the baby to grow up. Eventually though, we wish they were babies again when having to deal with an older child’s problems.
What do you wish you knew before having a baby?