The media has a lot to answer for; TV, films, books, magazines, all seem to want us to believe that after giving birth we all go back to ‘normal’ immediately, and it is as though nothing has changed. Not only that, but we are also given only a sanitised version of parenthood, without the difficult parts and the dirty parts and the scary parts.
Parenting is a wonderful thing, but it’s important to be completely aware of all aspects of it so that you can be a calmer, happier, more relaxed parent. Here are some of the things that no one told you about, so you can be sure you’re on track.
Your Body Will Change Forever
Carrying a baby for nine months and then giving birth to that baby are– in medical terms – traumatic events. That is, they put a lot of strain on the body and can cause complications later down the line, for you and the baby. Depending on the procedure, you may find that your story does not end with the birth of your child.
If you find this to be the case, it’s important that you don’t panic and realise there are always options. You can reach out to experts nearby. For example, depending on where you are located you can easily turn to a Leeds medical negligence solicitor to assist you. You may also find you need to implement regular exercise regimes that help you to get back on the mend.
It’s a good idea to realise that things will change so that when you notice the differences, you don’t become scared and stressed, and so that if anything unusual does happen, you’ll be alert to it and can see a medical professional quickly.
Breastfeeding Isn’t For Everyone
You may feel that you want to breastfeed your baby, and that’s great – having a definite idea of what you want to do is good and will help you get prepared. Alternatively, you may feel that you would rather bottle feed, and that’s fine too. Something that you might not hear a lot of during your pregnancy is that breastfeeding isn’t for everyone, and sometimes women are unable to do it, or just don’t enjoy it. Breastfeeding is not as easy as it looks, and how successfully it goes will depend on the mother and the baby, and that can’t be determined until it actually starts to happen. Don’t feel guilty if you opt for the bottle; you are feeding your baby, and that’s what counts.
You Will Want To Be By Yourself
You may have the impression that, once you have given birth, you will want to be with your baby at all times. For most mothers, however, no matter how much they adore their little one, they will want to be by themselves once in a while. It might be that they want to be able to enjoy a good bath or go to the shops alone, or they might want to go out with friends or stay away with their partner.
This is not a problem, although it will require some planning. As long as there is someone to take care of the baby, taking some time for yourself is not only something you can do but something you should do. It’s time to recharge and re-set yourself, ready to be a happier, calmer parent when you come back to your child.