Becoming a mother can be equal parts exciting and terrifying. You want what’s best for your little one, but as a first-timer, you’re learning everything on the job (and probably without a full-night’s rest). You likely have a ton of questions about what to expect after giving birth – and they’ll keep coming.
Today, we are taking a look at a few things that make being a first-time mother even harder!
1. The first time breastfeeding is more painful than a shark bite.
Being a new mother comes with a lot of feelings, emotions, and sensations that are unlike anything you have ever experienced before. During this time your body and your baby’s body both can surprise you in more ways than you can imagine. Your little one is going to keep you amused and busy at any and every time. But with experience and time, you will learn to get used to all these new things and before you know it, they will be of second nature to you.
2. You’re ᴛɪʀᴇᴅ all the time
Taking care of a little baby is a full-time job. You have to constantly look out for them, make sure it is fed and not crying, change diapers and keep them entertained. The baby can wake up and start crying at any time and you have to be ready for it. This can be very tiresome and you will end up feeling very ᴛɪʀᴇᴅ most of the time. It is important that you make time for yourself to get proper rest to recover and stay healthy.
3.Other Moms make it look so easy!
Looking at other moms can make you doubt yourself. It can even make you think things such as you are inadequate or not good, but you mustn’t forget that everyone is different. What you see online or from outside is just a part of the story and almost every mother experiences the same issues. Comparing yourself to other moms is never a good idea. Just do what is right for you and your baby and soon enough, you will get the hang of it.
4. You have no idea what you’re doing
You may often find yourself confused and thinking that you don’t know what you are doing. You aren’t alone in feeling this way as many new mothers experience this. Being a mom for the first time is stepping into a whole new world which can be very intimidating and overwhelming.
5.Everything is a baby ᴀᴘᴏᴄᴀʟʏᴘsᴇ
Your newborn will also go through a lot of experiences. And, since this is your first child, every time he or she Fᴀʟʟs ɪʟʟ, it will feel like the end of the world. Even a small rash or scratch would lead you to seemingly the most outrageous thoughts. This again isn’t uncommon. Mothers tend to experience this a lot with the firstborns, but with time you realize that it is completely normal for these things to happen and you learn to live with it, one by one.
6. You don’t know how to filter advice
Like we said there is more than enough help and advice available out there. But sometimes this advice can also get overwhelming as you don’t know who or what to trust. There are countless sources of information just one touch away and there are all sorts of people who have a lot of things to say, all of this can be incredibly confusing. Filtering out the bad or unneeded advice may be difficult but don’t let that dishearten you. Always only follow your doctor’s advice and when in doubt, it’s okay to rely on your gut feeling and maternal instinct.
7. You are sure that every little thing will last forever
Another common feeling that many first-time moms experience is the feeling of everything lasting forever. From the constant crying noises of your child at 3 am, to the hourly diaper changes. It may seem like this is all there is to your life now and there is no looking past this. All your time and everything forever is going to be spent taking care of this baby.