Like most first time pregnant women, I found the idea of pushing a human out of me in a short nine months unsettling, to say the least.
Birth and labour are intense; by far the most pain I have ever gone through, the most challenging and physically exhausting, as well as emotionally turbulent.
Postpartum periods were not something I thought about during pregnancy or after giving birth. To say I was unprepared is a gross understatement.
There is no shortage of inappropriate comments pregnant women and new mothers hear. My personal favourite is the good ol’ having “lost your body” to pregnancy, your baby, or motherhood.
It’s strange the things that make you emotional as a parent. In three weeks time our daughter will be 1 year old, and I'm currently bubbling over how well she is sleeping.
Your to-do list can increase exponentially once your wee one joins the party. It can feel like any minute baby doesn't need you is a great chance to catch up on the washing, or put the dishwasher on, or any number of things.
Regardless of whether you chose the stay at home mum life or not, it has it’s fair share of difficulties. It can be lonely and isolating, but also rewarding.
There have been many things about motherhood I thought I was prepared for. A biggie was accepting my body would look different after having a baby.