Are there any elements of pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood that are absolute every time? Probably not, but these five are pretty universal:
1. Nobody can tell you exactly what pregnancy or labor feels like.
They’ll try and they’ll use many graphic and vague, sharp and fuzzy, soft and hard, stark and sweet words to describe it and still, they’ll miss it by a mile.
2. Your pregnancy will be similar to most women’s and entirely different from anyone else’s.
That’s because your body and your baby are unique. Sure, millions of women are suffering with morning sickness right along with you, but they’re not puking in your bathroom. Sure, thousands are in labor at the same time as you, but they’re not having your baby. Absolutely, countless parents were up all night last night with their sleepless infants, but none of them were rocking your newborn.
3. You will love your baby more than you think.
That’s a fact, plain and simple.
4. Labor will be a really big challenge.
Really big. Bigger than you think. Get ready.
5. Knowledge is power.
Read the pregnancy and parenting books, blogs and magazine articles. Talk to your friends, mother, sisters and the lady at the corner store. Listen to what they have to say and think about it. Then, do what feels right to you. Use your instincts. Follow your gut. Do what works for you and your family because when it comes right down to it, you’re the only mother your baby needs and there’s never been a baby like yours before.
Jeanne Faulkner, R.N., lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and five children. Got a question for Jeanne? E-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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