Joy, compassion, excitement, love… these are all words to describe the feelings you might experience as a new mom. After being pregnant for what seems like forever, finally giving birth and having that cute, tiny little bundle of life in your arms, your everyday cares and worries might just fade away when your baby gives you a new perspective on life.
Of course, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. In those first few months of motherhood, there are all kinds of new worries that can take over, attributed to both your little one and your new way of life. Welcome to motherhood! Thankfully, some of these worries can be allayed, and we will discuss some of them within this article.
Worry #1: What if my baby gets ill?
Every cough, sneeze and sound your little one makes might cause you to worry. Your protective instincts will kick in, as you desperately try to care for the vulnerable child in your care. This is natural, and in some cases, you are right to worry. If you spot any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately.
However, in other cases, there might be nothing wrong with your child at all. Still, don’t worry about pestering your doctor or midwife. If you have any concern at all, they should be your first port of call. If something is wrong, your baby will get the help they need. And if all is fine, you will have peace of mind. Of course, you can still take protective measures to prevent your newborn from getting ill. The more you do within your care to help your child, the less chance of your baby becoming unwell at all.
Worry #2: What if I won’t fit into my clothes again?
We are, of course, talking about the way your body changes during and after pregnancy. You will experience a weight gain, and it might take a while before you finally fit back into your clothes again.
You will, of course, have to refit your wardrobe with clothes that better accommodate your body shape during this time, though there are things you can do to lose weight sooner rather than later. As examples, the following linked article suggests 5 healthy ways to lose weight while breastfeeding, but even if you opt for bottle feeding, the advice within the article should still prove helpful to you.
Worry #3: What if I fall ill with stress?
Motherhood is both wonderful and empowering, but boy is it stressful! There will be nights when you don’t sleep very well because your baby’s sleep patterns don’t correspond with yours.
You will have a hectic schedule of feeding, laundry, and keeping your baby entertained. And as a consequence, you might well feel the effects of stress in your life.
However, there are ways you can make life easier for yourself. In a previous article, we suggested ways moms can beat stress, so have a read and apply our ideas to your life. You might also want to call on the help of your closest family and friends. Ask for assistance with the housework.
Let them give you moral support over a cup of tea and a natter. And ask them to childmind for you occasionally, giving you the opportunity to either catch up on your sleep or to get out of the house for a while. Motherhood is stressful, and it will be for many years to come, but by taking steps to relieve the stress you feel, you don’t have to become ill because of it.
Worry #4: What if I’m not a good mother?
We have all seen those moms who seem to get everything right. They never seem to shout, lose their patience, or forget important dates. And not only do they seem perfect, but they probably let you know it as well!
Still, don’t worry. You aren’t perfect, and neither are the so-called ‘perfect moms’ you might envy, so don’t beat yourself up if you lose your temper occasionally or say and do the wrong thing.
We all make mistakes, and if you do make any, the best thing you can do is learn from them to help you be a better mother. There will also be parenting classes local to you, so make the most of them if you think they will be of benefit to you.
But above all, do your best. You might never receive the gold medal for best mother in the world, but that’s okay. Love and care for your child as any mother would, and you are already proving your good mommy credentials.
Thanks for reading!