With the arrival of your first baby fast approaching, it only makes sense to wonder about what lies in the weeks and months ahead. You’ve probably already heard seemingly endless stories from friends and family that have been through the process themselves, yet there’s nothing like experiencing this unique time for yourself. Below, we highlight just a few things to expect in your first year of motherhood.
No matter how many parenthood books you read, there’s a good chance you still feel underprepared when you arrive home with your baby. Although many people talk about the wonders of motherhood – and there’s plenty of that – there’s also going to be countless stressful times that leave you feeling drained. However, with the right mindset and self-care routines, you can overcome and learn from these tense times.
Everyone loves to give advice about how to look after a baby. While these people undoubtedly have the best intentions, it probably won’t take long for you to feel frustrated about people trying to give their two cents about how to look after your child. Although it’s tempting to respond with annoyance, try to view these interactions as people simply looking out for your wellbeing.
There’s not going to be much free time once the baby arrives. Between providing your baby with the care it needs and feeling totally worn out from sleepless nights, finding a spare moment might feel impossible. However, you can make it happen with the right approach. For example, meal prep ahead of time, make cleaning a team effort and even adjust your sleep schedule to reclaim more of your day.
After you’ve chatted to friends about their kids and read a host of self-help books, you might feel totally prepared for motherhood. But you’ll quickly discover that every child has their own needs and quirks, which effectively throws much of this advice out the window. However, you’ll soon bond with your baby’s unique personality and ensure you offer the love and support they need.
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