I see you lovingly holding that baby bump, protecting the little life inside, with your warm hands. I see you glowing positively any anxiety well-hidden under the smile. I see you enjoying your pregnancy yet mentally doing the countdown and here are some things I want to tell you. Things I wish I knew.
- From the moment you hold your little person in your hands you will feel love–an all consuming and unparalleled love. You will feel euphoric and you will realise that you don’t need drugs to feel inebriated
- You will feel fear; like an unseen wrecking ball is about to hit you and your world. It will turn you into a protective tigress almost overnight
- Breastfeeding is extremely hard: don’t berate yourself if you cannot get it right straightaway
- While on the topic, don’t think you are horrible mother, if you for some reason cannot or choose not breastfeed
- For the first few days you might experience phantom kicks.
- On your third or fourth day postpartum, you will cry a lot. You will feel sad for absolutely no reason; you will hate your husband, your in-laws, your friends, the world and yourself. Don’t get scared. Hormones do that to you (if it continues then seek help immediately)
- Hormones will continue to make you angry, weepy, anxious, temperamental and sad. Consciously surround yourself with people who understand you and love you no matter what
- Sleep while you can because it is going to be a luxury for a long, long time
- No matter how great your relationship with your partner was: it will change. You will want their unwavering support
- You will be exhausted and raccoon-eyed and you will feel grossly under-appreciated
- Motherhood is an exhausting and all-consuming feeling. It will make you vulnerable yet stronger
- Don’t be surprised if old friendships break. And take time to make new friends
- Guilt will become your middle name (but don’t worry you will be fine)
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