Many mothers-to-be are ready to head to the hospital and welcome their newborn into the world weeks before the big day arrives. It is common for expectant mothers in their last trimester to eagerly pay attention to their body for signs that today may be the day they get to welcome their newborn into the world.
Much preparation time is spent focusing on the labor and delivery aspect of pregnancy, as well as prepping the home for a newborn. Mom-to-be may have taken a Lamaze class, taken a first aid class or a class to learn about caring for a newborn. Perhaps she signed up for cord blood banking to prepare for the future health of her family.
The physical changes a woman's body goes through during pregnancy are significant, and postpartum changes can be just as significant. Many women struggle after pregnancy, specifically with regards to the hormonal and emotional changes. Taking time today to learn about the baby blues, postpartum anxiety, and postpartum depression can help new mothers prepare for postpartum changes and know when to notify her doctor if things seem abnormal.
It is common for new moms as well as infants to struggle to master the art of breastfeeding. As a new mother, this can create anxiety and stress that perhaps is unexpected. This stress can be combined with anxiety over dealing with a fussy infant, sleep deprivation, and hormonal changes to create the perfect storm. Taking time today to learn more about breastfeeding can decrease stress and anxiety. Further, having a resource such as this on-hand can help new mothers more readily get advice and help needed when necessary.
Many new mothers want to embrace motherhood wholeheartedly, and they may feel like a failure at motherhood by reaching out for or asking for help. It is important to remember that it does take time to adjust to motherhood. There are physical and emotional changes a new mom's body is going through. A new mother and her child also will need time to establish a routine with regards to sleeping and eating. These changes can be difficult on a new mother, and it is entirely reasonable to anticipate the need for support. Lining up assistance now before the baby is born can be tremendously helpful during those first few weeks after childbirth. Even having a friend or family member come over for an hour or two each day so you can shower or take a nap can make a world of difference.
While the transition into motherhood can be challenging, it also is infinitely rewarding. These are moments that many mothers will cherish for decades to come.
"This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26."