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3 Tips for First Time Moms-to-Be

Being pregnant for the first time causes a combination of emotions. While you may be excited, it’s also normal to be scared and unsure of what to expect. That’s why it’s important to know a few things going into the experience.

Know That Everyone is Different

It’s great to get educated about parenting. There are plenty of books and websites dedicated to motherhood, but that doesn’t mean they are personalized. Everyone is different, and your experience is going to be unique. You have to figure out how to deal with your life and your situation based on your values and desires. It’s okay to ask for advice or to research parenting, but you don’t have to follow the advice you receive if it isn’t a good fit for you. Try not to get frustrated if something that worked for someone else’s child doesn’t work for your child at all. Just like you, your child will be an individual who will have their own distinct needs.

Sources of Support

Parenting in isolation is not the way to go. You need to find sources of support in your life to help you when you need it. It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help, and it’s best to learn how to seek assistance as soon as possible. Your doctor should be a good source of support who answers your questions and offers encouragement. You also need to be able to talk to your employer about being pregnant and your expectations for working after giving birth. Discrimination against pregnant women is illegal. If you fear you are in a situation where discrimination is occurring, find your support to make sure your rights are protected.

There Are Different Phases

You are always a mother, but know that different stages in a child’s life are going to mean different things for you. The all-consuming infant phase will eventually end. Terrible twos or threes or fours don’t last forever. You will find joy in every stage but you will also deal with challenges. Whatever the challenge, it will pass. It is easy to lose perspective when sleep deprivation takes over, but know that you won’t be changing diapers or recovering from birth forever.

Becoming a mom is an exciting journey, and it’s different for every person who experiences it. For the best experience, ask for help, enjoy it as much as possible and give yourself tons of grace.

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Tim Esterdahl

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