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
- Even though you saw it in the movies, you don’t vomit just once at the beginning of the pregnancy as a way to tell you you’re pregnant. You wish!
- The term morning sickness is completely deceiving. Some woman will be sick all the time. Some won’t at all. It is different for everyone.
- The water doesn’t always break first. Sometimes it doesn’t even break.
- 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 for the first time.
When we start thinking how we can’t do it and when we are so sleep deprived that we are sure we can fall asleep standing up, we wish for the baby to grow up as soon as possible. Eventually though, we wish they were babies again, especially when we have to deal with an older child’s problems. There is a saying in my country: Little baby, little problems, big baby, big problems. So true!
What do you wish you knew before having a baby?