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Things I Wish I Had Known Before Having a Baby

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Having a Baby

 

Being a first time mother, I was both excited and nervous about this entire motherhood journey. I wanted to be prepared for this beautiful chapter in my life before my baby arrived. So I tried to gather whatever information I could on parenting. But it is only after becoming a mother, I realised that motherhood is an experience that is unique to every individual. No matter how many journals, articles or books you read, there is nothing that can prepare you completely for this roller-coaster ride.   

Practical life always differs from what’s written in the books. However, sharing one’s experience always helps. So here’s a list of things I wish I had known before having a baby - 

  • Breastfeeding hurts at first

Breastfeeding hurts so bad initially that it might even make you cry and scream at the same time. Sore nipples, engorgement, latching issues and the excruciating pain make distressing for both mother and the newborn. Breastfeeding is a natural process but it takes a lot of practise and tears to get through it. However, it gets better with time. The pain and all the other problems resolve in a few days, usually within a week.

  • The extra weight isn’t going to melt overnight – 

Don’t be surprised if you see yourself in the mirror and still look pregnant. It’s going to take time and patience to lose the weight that you gained over the course of nine months. Trust me, you will still need your maternity pants post delivery. It’s normal to hold onto some extra weight after pregnancy. It will melt off eventually.

  • Don’t hesitate in asking for help – 

Consider yourself lucky if you are surrounded by people who readily offer help.  Accept any sort of support, whether it is from your friends or family or any other person. There is no shame in asking for help as a new mom. In addition to the sleepless nights and hormonal fluctuations, your body is still recovering from the birthing process. It is not possible to do it all alone. When someone offers to look after the baby, don’t hesitate to accept it. Take a break and get some rest or a warm shower or anything that relaxes you. You really need it.   

  • There is no magic trick with babies

There is only one rule that there is no rule that works on babies. You may feel that you have found the perfect feeding position or a way to make your baby fall asleep. But it won’t be long until it stops working. A trick might work one day and stop working the next day. Be grateful if it lasts a week at most. Everyday is a new challenge and you have to come up with new ideas every time to soothe your baby.   

  • Having a newborn will impact your relationship with your partner

It doesn’t matter if you and your partner have a rock-solid relationship or you fight over petty issues. This new member is definitely going to put some weight on your relationship. Once the baby arrives, it is not possible to have that pre-baby relationship with your partner both physically and emotionally (at least for a while). Having a baby is a life changing event. It is something new for both of you. Remember that communication is the key. Express your feelings to your partner and also listen to theirs. Give each other time and space to get adapt to this new change. 

  • This is just a phase

Although catering to the needs of a newborn may seem super exhausting but remember that this too shall pass. This is just a temporary phase that will be over before you know it. The struggle is real but at the end of the day, everything is worth that cute little smile on your baby’s face.

 The list isn’t exhaustive. There are things that are hard to describe and can only be learnt through experience. In the meantime, I would like to know what are the things you wish you had known before having a baby. Please drop your views in the comments section.

 

Komal is a freelance content writer and a full-time mom. She has years of experience in writing on various topics such as finance, travel, education, etc. She is now trying her hand in sharing her experience as a mother because there is nothing as great as combining two joys – Motherhood and Writing.

 

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18 comments

  • Beautifully written down….. 👌👌👌

    Swati
  • Very nice and informative

    Sushil Surana
  • Very well said!!👏

    Shanti Surana
  • Amazing article. Beautifully written.

    Pujita Lunia
  • Totally relatable!!! But yes we have to just get out of our comfort zones each time and crack it and pat our back and say to our selves ‘yes I can do it, my body is designed to do so, god has blessed me to be a female’. Would like to add a child comes out of a moms womb enters her heart and stays in her mind forever and ever.

    Ruchi
  • Just too good Komal. Very informative and beautifully expressed.

    Priya Singhvi
  • It was extremely informative & beautifully written 👏
    Thankyou for all the tips and knowledge!

    Komal Agarwal Sethia
  • Great write up, something which we can’t experience being a male but see our partner go through. It’s the medical condition where women goes through all the changes which if otherwise would have caused lot of distress but during pregnancy and after that they take it all up with a courageous smile 😊. It’s a tough journey and every women walk their own. Good luck.

    Gautam
  • So true and relatable …
    I appreciate how you have expressed your feelings after being a mom ..and I am sure your piece of advice will be of great help to many moms out there ..including me ..🙂
    Great work !👍

    Monika
  • Amazing write up! Loved every bit of it!
    Keep inspiring all the mother’s.

    Shristi Chachan
  • Wonderful write up komal

    Soni Agarwala
  • Very well written. It will be uselful to all who are planning to be mother’s. Your style of writing is also very engaging. Keep writing and posting.

    Prerna
  • Just too good komal.
    I can so well relate each points that u have narrated. Each one of us have a different experience as a mother but we surely learn something new each day.
    Thank you for enlightening it so beautifully!!!

    Tina Gupta
  • Very informative & beautifully expressed..will be very helpful when I will enter this motherhood phase in my life…❤️❤️

    Priyanka Sethia
  • Can relate it to very well

    Ankita Bothra
  • What a piece komal!!!

    Atleast i can say that when i go through this life changing experience of motherhood these tips will be definitely very helpful. I was already so scared and after reading this section my fears have succumbed now. Waiting for more!!

    Nidhi Chokhani
  • Ur article is great. Truly narrates what good things u are experiencing and changes u are facing in ur life. This all will pass, but the things that will remain with u forever will be the memories. So enjoy every part of ur life to have happy memories. And for the question u asked about is that i didnt know that i will experience my childhood once again in whatever i do with my kids or watch them do, learn n experience things before having a baby. Its like doin things again which u were not able to do in ur childhood. Watching them do things which u didnt do but they are doin gives an unimaginable satisfaction. That atleast they are able to do or experience those things which u were not.

    ABHINAV
  • Ur article is great. Truly narrates what good things u are experiencing and changes u are facing in ur life. This all will pass, but the things that will remain with u forever will be the memories. So enjoy every part of ur life to have happy memories. And for the question u asked about is that i didnt know that i will experience my childhood once again in whatever i do with my kids or watch them do, learn n experience things before having a baby. Its like doin things again which u were not able to do in ur childhood. Watching them do things which u didnt do but they are doin gives an unimaginable satisfaction. That atleast they are able to do or experience those things which u were not.

    ABHINAV

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